2017 Conference Schedule and Sessions Announced

MAWD’s 2017 Annual Conference now has an official schedule with session titles online.

Pre-Conference Sessions (Invitation Only)

  • Tuesday, May 9th
    • DVOP Pre-Conference 1:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Fiscal Pre-Conference 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • LVER Pre-Conference 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 10th
    • DVOP Pre-Conference 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    • EO Reps Pre-Conference, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Workforce Coordinators Pre-Conference 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    • DVOP Pre-Conference 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Conference Schedule

  • Wednesday, May 10th
    • General Session 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (includes lunch, Color Guard opening, and keynote speaker Mark Taylor
    • 2:15-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
      • Veterans Information System Training SUPER SESSION (Nico Gage)
      • Welcome to the Workforce Universe: Maximizing, Leveraging  and Braiding Resources (Mary Ann Rojas & Sally Payne)
      • Service Animals and the ADA (Julie Brinkhoff)
      • GPS: Going Places Soon (Jeff McGoy)
      • Changes to ACT WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Credential [NCRC] (Melissa WoltKamp)
      • Building Successful WIOA Youth Partnerships (Lynn Smith & Kim Gee)
      • Applicant Tracking Systems, “A Weapon of Mass Rejection” SUPER SESSION (Frank Alaniz)
    • 3:00-3:45 p.m. Break
    • 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
      • Veterans Information System Training SUPER SESSION (Nico Gage)
      • Preparing Incarcerated Offenders For Employment (Ken Chapman)
      • Serving Your Customers with Disabilities (Julie Brinkhoff)
      • MWA: Roadmap to Success (Melody Nicholes & Robin Nolan)
      • Education Pathways with a Purpose: Workforce High School (Dr. Alice Prince)
      • Sector Strategies Employer Panel (Moderated by Kristie Davis)
      • Applicant Tracking Systems, “A Weapon of Mass Rejection” SUPER SESSION (Frank Alaniz)
    • 5:00 p.m. Youth Cafe
    • 5:00-10:00 p.m. Hospitality Social sponsored by Missouri Welding Institute
    • Dinner on your own
  • Thursday, May 11th
    • 7:00-8:15 a.m. Breakfast
    • 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  Breakout Sessions
      • Youth Information System Training SUPER SESSION  (Nico Gage)
      • Job Corps (Kim Stockstill)
      • PTSD: Potato and Turkey Salad Dressing (Zachary Warlow)
      • Team Based Case Management Super Session (Amy Landesman)
      • Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Job Creation Part 1 (Denise Bissonnette)
      • Dealing with “Difficult” People (Ann Merrifield)
      • Apprenticeship USA (Stephanie Schmitt & Wade Johnson)
    • 9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Break
    • 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  Breakout Sessions
      • Youth Information System Training SUPER SESSION  (Nico Gage)
      • WIOA Service Delivery in the Missouri Job Centers (Steve Reznicek)
      • Empowering Through  Employment (Duane Shumate)
      • Team Based Case Management Super Session (Amy Landesman)
      • Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Job Creation Part 2 (Denise Bissonnette)
      • Twelve Rounds, Facing Fears & Preparing to Fight (Jeff McGoy)
      • “You Can Attract More Bees With Honey…” (Robert Baker)
    • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
    • 1:30-1:45 pm Break
    • 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions
      • Cyber Café (Nico Gage)
      • Destination: Successful Re-Entry into Society (Julie Christus)
      • BUILDING Pathways: Implementing a Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Program (Karen Dowdy & Ericka Combs)
      • Team Based Case Management Super Session (Amy Landesman)
      • Cultivating the Spirit to Work: Assisting People Through Change and Transition (Denise Bissonnette)
      • Building Effective Business Relationships (Ann Merrifield)
      • Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network (Mardy Leathers)
    • 3:00 – 3:15 pm Break
    • 3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  Breakout Sessions
      • Cyber Café (Nico Gage)
      • Employability and Independence: One Man’s Journey and Support He Received (Mark Register)
      • Success for Employers and CVO Offender Students (Stephanie Thomas & Larry Luetjen)
      • Team Based Case Management Super Session (Amy Landesman)
      • Creative Tools for Uncovering Assets, Strengths and Work Preferences (Denise Bissonnette)
      • Expanding Registered Apprenticeships (Jeanna Caldwell)
      • Helping Unemployed Workers Navigate in Uinteract (Anthony Vaughn)
    • 5:30 Dinner
    • 6:00-10:00 p.m. Social sponsored by Westwind CDL Training Center and MAWD Trivia Night sponsored by East Central College
  • Friday, May 12th
    • 7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Exhibitors
    • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Super Session
    • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Membership Meeting (Elections and Door Prizes)

Workforce Development and the Multi-Generational Workforce; Planning for Success:  Successful workforce, economic and community development will require awareness of multiple fluid demographic factors, including of the generational issues and dynamics in the workforce of today, and further into the 21st Century.  Understanding typical generational values, traits, preferences, and styles can improve workforce development planning, as well as workplace recruitment, worker and workplace effectiveness, harmony and employee satisfaction and retention at workplaces.  This workshop will address the generational issues and dynamics in the workplace with specific, applicable suggestions for effective workforce development.

Team-Based Case Management Super Session:  With WIOA partnerships gaining ground across Missouri, case managers from multiple agencies can now share customers and leverage resources to maximize success.  With over 18 years experience leading and managing non-profit organizations in the professional development and direct service arenas, Amy Landesman Consulting works with clients to develop strategies that improve the day-to-day operations in key areas.  This half-day session will be offered twice at MAWD to maximize the number of workforce professionals to be trained.

More info coming soon as sessions are confirmed. Sessions subject to change.