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Conferences are an important part of our continued efforts to help foster workforce development in the state of Missouri. It gives each attendee the opportunity to learn about new technologies, network among people in the same type of industry, stay current on new regulations and information for this industry. We invite each and everyone of you to sign up and attend the conference each year. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need to see the information from last years conference, please CLICK HERE.

2019 MAWD Conference Place

NOTICE: Anyone wishing to present a workshop or Keynote speech at the 2019 MAWD Conference is required to complete the attached Request for Presentations.  
The RFP is due by:
January 31, 2019 by 4:00 pm CST.



The 2019 annual conference will be held April 24-26, 2019 in Branson, Missouri at the Hilton Branson Convention Center located on the beautiful Landing in downtown Branson, Missouri.  We look forward to having each and every one of you join us for this exciting time featuring keynote speakers, relevant break-out sessions, networking opportunities with other professionals, great food and evening entertainment at the Landing.  The Hilton Branson will serve as the host hotel, which is adjacent to the Convention Center with the Hilton Promenade as an overflow location across the street.


Please Note:  To secure the group rate please select the conference dates of arrival and departure.  This will ease the reservation process and allow you to obtain the group rate.  Check-in is not available until 4:00 pm. You may want to consider checking in to the Conference Registration at the Convention Center first to avoid missing lunch and the opening keynote OR download the Hilton Honors app as noted below.


Make Reservations Here:

Hilton Branson Convention Center, 200 East Main Street, Branson, MO 65616

(Group Code: MAWD19)

Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Hilton Honors Member:

Enjoy FREE wi-fi during your stay at any Hilton. Membership is FREE by going to Click “join” in the menu bar.

Hilton Honors APP:

By downloading the Hilton Honors App you can utilize the digital key program that allows you to check-in to your room from your smartphone and avoid standing in line!

Branson Landing – Dinner/Attractions:

Refer to the map below to make plans for dinner and/or entertainment Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Branson Landing Map   
Branson Attractions Map

Branson Parking:

Parking is available at each of the hotels at a cost of $13/day and can be charged to your room if you check in prior to parking.  Convention center parking is available at a max cost of $12/day.  The $1.00 difference is a convenience fee.  Refer to the map below for other parking options.
Click Here for a Parking Map

Conference Recap

Mike Parson
Mardy Leathers
Ken Chapman
Chad Ray

2019 Conference Exhibitors

Each year is another opportunity for companies or individuals to exhibit their products or services at our conference. Your fees go to help us support the efforts of other companies assisting individuals seeking employment in the state of Missouri. Below are the prices to be an exhibitor.

Exhibitor Pricing:

  • Exhibitor: $350.00
  • Additional representatives will register as a single attendee at a cost of $300.

Price Includes:

  • Registration for one attendee to all conference sessions, meals and activities.
  • One 8 foot table, two chairs, waste paper basket, draped skirt and name plate to display marketing materials.
  • Company logo on conference mobile app and projection screen during general sessions.


2019 Sponsorships

Sponsors enhance our conference in ways that add value to attendees while presenting a great venue to connect with workforce professionals.  We have 4 different levels of sponsorship.  Each level is listed below.  Complete the on-line registration fields above and mark the designated level you wish to sponsor.

  • Platinum Level - $1,000  - includes header 6 second ad and listed on conference App, business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions, break sponsorship, and complimentary inclusion of your information in the conference registration packet.
  • Gold Level - $750  - includes header 3 second ad and listed on conference App, business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions.
  • Silver Level - $500  - includes header 3 second listed on conference App and business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions.
  • Bronze Level - $250  - includes listed on conference App and business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions.

2019 Conference Presentations

If the document opens, it is a .pdf.   If it asks you to save it, it is a .ppt (Power Point)

2019 Conference Registration

Additional guest meal tickets will be available for purchase at the conference registration desk.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received prior to April 12, 2019.  Any cancellations after this date will incur a $75 cancellation fee.

Dietary Needs:  Special dietary needs are available.  PLEASE make note of such when completing the registration fields or contact Tracy Polk at

Special Note to DWD staff:  The Division handles registrations and payments in bulk from Central Office.  Please do not complete this section and make payment unless otherwise instructed.

Questions regarding registration can be directed to Jeanie Griffin at 660-359-3622 X-1233 or