Save the Date 2018 MAWD Conference

Collaborate, Integrate, Celebrate! That's the theme of the 2018 MAWD Conference, set for May 1-3 at Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. Stay tuned to or MAWD on Facebook. Highlights of the 2017 MAWD Conference may be found online as well.

Conference highlights on the way

Thanks to all of the attendees, presenters, sponsors, and volunteers that made the 2017 MAWD conference truly a Destination Success! Check out highlights of the conference, including presenter handouts, online at Read More →

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.

Conference registration now open

Destination Success is the theme for the 2017 MAWD Conference, set for May 10-12. The role of today's workforce professional is as important as ever and MAWD provides Missouri's most comprehensive workforce conference.  Conference tracks are planned for the categories of operations, success skills, fiscal, youth, business services, and case management.  New to the 2017 conference is a half-day super session on team-based case management and other service delivery trends.

MAWD members and conference attendees are great about informing MAWD's board through surveys and other feedback on favorite presenters, topics, conference location, etc. Stay tuned to and MAWD's Facebook page for more conference updates.

New MAWD LEAP award includes training funds

MAWD is pleased to announce the Local Excellence Award in Partnership (LEAP).   This award is designed to promote WIOA partnering activities through the local Workforce Development Boards.

Each Local Workforce Development Board is encouraged to submit their application based on the following criteria:

  • How funds will be used to promote an existing or new initiative around workforce partnering.
  • Involvement by both WIOA Core and Required partners in this initiative
  • A matched contribution by the WDB (can be in-kind, ie. Facility space, etc) equal to the grant award.
  • Award dollars must be utilized during the grant year awarded.

One Workforce Board grantee will be chosen among the nominees.  Award recipient will be announced at the 2017 MAWD conference in May.

The Award recipient will be required to give a short report of their initiative during the business meeting at the following year’s MAWD conference.  The 2017 Award amount is $2500.00.

To apply, simply download and complete the two-page award application/instructions. Applications are due by April 21, 2017, and may be emailed to


Partnership expands workforce credentials

The American Council on Education (ACE) and Credly announced today that participants in ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) will now be able to issue digital credentials through Credly, making it easier for working professionals to request academic credit for workplace training and to share evidence of their achievements online.

For more than four decades, ACE CREDIT recommendations have connected workplace learning to colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside of traditional degree programs. ACE CREDIT organizations include major corporations, associations, labor unions, and government agencies, who offer a wide array of courses in numerous fields, from restaurant management to radiology. The addition of a digital credential platform is expected to generate new insights into the experiences and success of individuals who are awarded credentials through CREDIT-approved courses each year.

“Our work is rooted in the belief that experience in the workplace can lead to a more flexible pathway to earn college degrees and credentials and fuel career growth,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “Credly is helping us transform a powerful concept for the digital era through empowering professionals with portable credentials. We are pleased to enable our CREDIT organizations to tap into the promise of digital credentialing.”

As a result of the collaboration, organizations that offer training recommended for college credit will be able to issue secure, portable, and data-rich digital badges that recognize professional and academic achievements in addition to an ACE official transcript. Transcripts will continue to be used primarily to communicate credit recommendations to colleges and universities across the country. This spring, Walt Disney, KFC, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, and Jiffy Lube will be among the first CREDIT participants to offer digital credentialing.

“The ACE CREDIT program supports our vision for promoting integrity, excellence, and innovation across the Jiffy Lube workforce,” said Kenneth Barber, Jiffy Lube’s manager of learning and development. “We believe the skills and experiences our employees develop on the job should be recognized and be readily convertible into further educational and professional opportunity. Digital credentials help capture and communicate both the achievements and potential of our employees.”

Once awarded a digital credential, individuals are able to showcase their accomplishments through professional networks online or include in job applications and e-portfolios. Individuals can also seek academic credit for their achievements at colleges and universities by requesting their separate ACE official transcript through a single click within the digital credential itself.

“Meaningful learning increasingly happens in a wide variety of places, and quality alternative education experiences deserve to be recognized,” said Credly CEO and founder Jonathan Finkelstein. “Skills and knowledge, wherever earned or demonstrated, should be readily translated into opportunity. By partnering with one of the nation’s most trusted higher education organizations, we look forward to helping employers and employees better work together to align individual talent with workforce needs.”

To learn more about how to issue ACE CREDIT-verified digital credentials, visit

About the American Council on Education
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing nearly1,800 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) was established in 1974 to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside traditional degree programs. With over 35,000 courses and exams reviewed, CREDIT is the national leader in the evaluation process for education and training obtained outside the classroom including courses, exams, apprenticeships, and other types of nontraditional forms of training. For 40 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate credit award decisions. Participating organizations include corporations, professional and volunteer associations, schools, training suppliers, labor unions and government agencies, with courses from Arabic to Waste Management. For more information about CREDIT, visit

About Credly
Credly is a leading digital credential service provider, helping the world recognize lifelong achievement with the most popular platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital credentials and badges. The enterprise-class system allows organizations to officially verify skills and competencies; distribute portable and secure digital credentials and open badges; and gain actionable data and insights. Thousands of education institutions, industry associations, employers and workforce development programs use Credly to make achievements visible. For more information about Credly, visit

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Opportunities open for MAWD awards

Each year, MAWD awards several high-profile recognitions of excellence at the annual conference.   These awards honor key achievements, but also benefit all professionals by highlighting accomplishments that promote the value of the workforce system as a whole.

Categories include Professional of the Year and the behind-the-scenes focus of the Keystone Award.  Check out the criteria and consider nominating a colleague for MAWD's highest honors.

New in 2017 is the LEAP award with a cash prize for local professional development strategies.
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MAWD builds its leadership

In preparation for the 2017-2018 cycle, MAWD is seeking nominations for its board of directors.  The annual conference will serve as the election venue. Open positions this year include three at-large board positions for two-year terms, President-Elect, Secretary, Membership Chair, Business Relations Chair, and Public Information Chair.

Each elected member of the Missouri Association of Workforce Development (MAWD) Board of Directors represents the full membership of the organization. The Board meets at least quarterly in a state-central location. Each member of the Board is expected to actively serve on one or more standing or ad hoc committees. Each Board member is expected to attend and assist with the planning and execution 0f the Annual Conference.

It is expected that travel and lodging expenses associated with Board meetings will be the responsibility of each Board member or their employer. Prospective board members should complete and submit the application along with the required attachments.  The forms should be submitted by email to Scott Sattler.

Duties of MAWD's Board of Directors

From the MAWD Bylaws

Article VI - Duties of the Board of Directors


  • President: The duties of the President shall be those usually pertaining to the office as set forth in Roberts Rules of Order, and such other duties as may be prescribed in the constitution and bylaws. The President shall appoint a nominating committee consisting of four active members of the Association at least three months prior to the annual membership meeting. Ad-hoc committees may be appointed by the president and will serve until completion of their assigned duties as determined by the President.
  • President-Elect: The President-Elect in the absence of the President shall perform the duties of the President and in the case of the permanent vacancy: the President-Elect shall automatically assume the duties of the President until the office is filled by the Executive Committee.
  • Secretary: The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Association, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors and shall conduct such correspondence and fulfill such other duties as may be authorized by the President and the Executive Committee.
  • Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be appointed by the President at the Association’s annual members meeting. The Treasurer shall keep an itemized report of receipts and expenditures and submit the same to the Executive Committee for audit and approval. A complete report shall be submitted at the Association’s annual members meeting.
  • Membership/Marketing Committee Chairperson: The Chairperson shall provide quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and an annual report at the annual members meeting.
  • Professional Development Committee Chairperson: The Chairperson shall provide quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and an annual report at the annual members meeting.
  • Business Relations Committee Chairperson: The Chairperson shall provide quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and an annual report at the annual members meeting.
  • Public Information: The Chairperson shall provide quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and an annual report at the annual members meeting.
  • All Committee Chairs: Each Chairperson is encouraged to recruit MAWD members to serve on their respective committees.
  • At-large Elected Board Members: Each at-large member shall participate on one of the standing committees and/or participate in ad hoc committees as appointed by the President.
    • The Board of Directors shall hold at least two meetings in each calendar year.
    • Special meetings may be held at other timers and in other places upon the call of the President for the purpose that shall be specified by the call.
    • There is no term limit for the Board Members who wish to continue to stand for election. The Committee Chairs shall be elected to a two year term at the annual membership meeting.
    • The Board of Directors shall establish and purchase the sum of the fidelity bond to be obtained to cover the Treasurer of the Association. Such bond shall be executed by a responsible guarantee company. The expense is to be defrayed by the Association.
    • The Board of Directors shall consider proposed amendments to the Constitution and /or bylaws and report those to the Association with their recommendations.

Scholarship applications open

The World Is Opened For You Grad Holding Diploma 300x253The Missouri Association for Workforce Development awards two scholarships each year valued at $1,500 each for post-secondary training.  MAWD grants the scholarships to either a member of MAWD or the spouse of children of a MAWD member.  The scholarship is presented at the annual MAWD conference.  Applications are now available online and must be submitted by April 15, 2017.

Missouri progress highlighted by national EO leaders

The LEAD Center, a national group... highlighted the success of the EO sessions at the 2016 conference for the Missouri Association for Workforce Development. In their June 30th newsletter, LEAD covered the two sessions held at MAWD.

The LEAD Center had the opportunity to present at the Missouri Association for Workforce Development (MAWD) Conference in Lake Ozark, Missouri. MAWD is a state association that supports career and technical training, as well as workforce development. MAWD is made up of individuals within the training and employment community who seek to enhance partnerships focused on developing a competitive workforce. As a pre-conference session, the LEAD Center’s Training and Technical Assistance staff joined more than 30 Equal Opportunity Officers (EOO) from across the state to learn best practices in implementing Section 188, the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA. In addition to learning about important disability-specific amendments included for the first time in WIOA, the EOOs also learned about best practices in universal access in American Job Centers highlighted in the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.

In a second session open to all MAWD professionals, the LEAD Center presented again on Section 188, but with emphasis on key touchpoints of universal access for workforce customers with disabilities. Touchpoints serve as critical places along the workforce customer flow in which individuals with disabilities may or may not gain access to key services or resources. Some examples of touchpoints include the inclusion of people with disabilities on a local/state Workforce Investment Board (WIB), effective marketing and outreach to the disability community, an interactive process for job centers to provide reasonable accommodations, and coordinated services and funding with other partners to meet shared employment needs of job seekers with disabilities.

The MAWD conference sessions on Section 188 served as a precursor to a three-part webinar series for all statewide workforce development leadership, as well as another three-part webinar series geared to all workforce staff. The series kicked off in May and will continue through the summer. LEAD will continue to collaborate with the Missouri State EO Officer to provide technical assistance on the Section 188 trainings, while also helping to solicit feedback from workforce professionals on the overall impact of the training and strategies offered to ensure equal opportunity to customers with disabilities.