Kentucky Inclusive Workforce Summit Agenda

**All speakers are invited; therefore, the agenda and speakers are tentative and subject to change until confirmed.**

DAY 1 - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

8:00 a.m.     
Registration and Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.     

Ashli Watts, President & CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

8:35 a.m.     
The State of Kentucky’s Workforce

Jacqueline Coleman, Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky (invited)

8:55 a.m.     
Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Kentucky’s Workforce in Transformational Times

Jack Uldrich, Global Futurist

The pandemic has catapulted the world into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only discuss how Coronavirus is transforming the world of tomorrow, he explains why it is accelerating many of the trends that were already at work prior to the epidemic. History reminds us that great crises produce great change – as well as great opportunities. To take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities, businesses must position themselves now to operate in a world where “business as unusual” is the new “usual.” In this session, Jack paints vivid pictures to help leaders at every level of Kentucky’s workforce leverage ten “unconventional” techniques to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s –transformational times.

10:00 a.m.     
How TPM is Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline

Lakisha Miller, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President – HR Operations, Baptist Health SSC

10:20 a.m.     
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Building Kentucky’s Equine Talent Pipeline

Laurie Mays, Equine Talent Pipeline Project Manager, Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Lisa Lourie, Owner, Spy Coast Farm
Kim Jedlicki, Manager, Spy Coast Farm
Everett Tucker Robert Grabow, Young Horse Development Center Team Member, Spy Coast Farm

11:05 a.m.  
COVID-19 and Jobs: Monitoring the Impact on People and Places

Ryan Luby, Expert, McKinsey Global Institute

12:00 p.m.  
Lunch with sponsors

1:00 p.m.     
Non-traditional Workforce Initiatives: Disabled

Kathy Shepard-Jones, PhD, CRC, Executive Director, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
1:45 p.m.
Workforce Resources for Employers – Recruitment, Incentives, and Upskilling

Alisher Burikhanov, Workforce Development Consultant, Office of Employer and Apprenticeship Services (OEAS)
Jeff Lee, Workforce Development Consultant, Office of Employer and Apprenticeship Services,
Bill Sandell, Workforce Development Consultant, Office of Employer and Apprenticeship Services

Prior to the pandemic disrupting traditional employment sourcing and retention models, Kentucky businesses were already faced with the dynamics of changing workforce needs. Along with rethinking strategies and looking at new talent pipelines and other workforce innovations, the need for diversity and retention were evident. As the forward-facing partner to businesses of the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Career Center offers a customized approach, bridging the business workforce needs of diverse talent, bringing a variety of incentives, tax credits, and hybrid-training models designed for retention and pipeline building. During this session, learn how to participate in hiring recently laid-off workers in sought-after occupations and expand your workforce through diversity hiring; how to earn federal tax credits for hiring diverse and targeted populations; how to access training and development program; and, how to launch a pipeline model through the Registered Apprenticeship program.

2:30 p.m.  

Rehana Lerandeau, Fair Chance Programs Manager, Checkr (invited)

3:15 p.m.
Talent Finance

Jason Tyszko, Vice President, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

3:55 p.m.
Workforce Summit Day One Wrap-up

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

4:00 p.m.
Day One Adjourns

DAY 2 - Wednesday, February 17, 2021

8:00 a.m.     
Registration and Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Program Overview

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

8:40 a.m.
Criminal Justice Reform & Legislative Update

Panelists TBD

9:45 a.m.
A Real Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion

Tim Findley, EdD, MBA, CCDP/AP, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, TARC

Operationalizing an inclusive culture in an organization that employs and serves a diverse population requires a strategic perspective and a systemic approach. The question that is always raised is “how do we start the process?” My questions are how do you define certain terms and do you have a good/bad binary. This session will consider those questions and explore how they affect your journey to a real conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

11:00 a.m.
The Racial Inequality Working Group, Kentucky Chamber

Condrad Daniels (invited)
OJ Oleka (invited)
Felicia Cummings Smith (invited)
Moderator: Ashli Watts (invited)

11:45 a.m.
Luncheon with sponsors and exhibitors

12:30 p.m.  
Working from Home and Loving It!

Tammy Spring, Operations Manager, Digital Works
Jessica Golson, Facilitator, Digital Works

1:15 p.m.
Title TBD

Rob Perez, Owner, DV8 Restaurant

Building Logan Aluminum’s Workforce Sustainability Vision
David Fusting, Human Resource Leader, Logan Aluminum

Logan Aluminum is a premiere employer in Southern Kentucky, an international technology and cost leader in the aluminum business, producing more than half of the aluminum beverage cans consumed in the United States. Over the past 4 years Logan has experienced significant capital investment as it moves into the automotive market. With a 1000-acre plant site, 50 acres of manufacturing under roof and a projected workforce growth of over 600 people all in the most challenging labor market seen in our lifetime, addressing changing workforce needs is a top priority for Logan’s leadership team. Learn how Logan Aluminum is collaborating with numerous state and local partners to create an enlightened and sustainable path to a modern workforce philosophy.

2:00 p.m.
Measuring COVID-19’s Impact on Kentucky’s Workforce

Dr. Jessica Cunningham, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for Statistics
Beth Davisson, Executive Director, The Workforce Center - Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

2:45 p.m.
Workforce Summit Wrap-up: Call to Action

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

3:00 p.m.      
6th Annual Kentucky Workforce Summit Adjourns


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