Kentucky Recovery in the Workplace Conference - Agenda

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

8:30 a.m.    

LaKisha Miller, Executive Director, Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber

Recovery in Kentucky: Where We Are Now
Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Morgan Kirk, Program Director, Workforce Recovery, Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber

Kentucky businesses are acutely aware that the state’s substance use epidemic is more than a public health issue, it is also a serious workforce issue. Employers are feeling the impact firsthand as they struggle to recruit, hire, and retain employees. Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak to how the landscape of the substance use crisis is developing and impacting Kentuckians across the Commonwealth. Morgan Kirk, Workforce Recovery Program Director at the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s will speak to how this program supports businesses as they focus on creating a fair chance environment. This session will highlight how the Office of Drug Control Policy is seeing change in Kentucky, while the Workforce Recovery Program supports Kentucky businesses with valuable training, information, and resources to foster fair chance employment opportunities for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders who are ready to re-enter the workforce.

9:00 a.m.
Relational Leadership: A Case Study in Success

Rob Perez, Founder & Operator, DV8 Kitchen & Bakery

9:45 a.m.

Kim Moore, Founder and CEO, Joshua Community Connectors  

10:20 a.m.
How a Fair Chance Leads to Transformational Employment

Rena Sharpe, COO, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Patrick Bryant, Recruitment Manager, AppHarvest
Jamie Johnson, Vice President, Light Duty Distribution, Dorman Products
Moderator, Ryan Bowman, Manger, Workforce Recovery Program, Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber

Fair chance hiring is built on the premise that everyone, regardless of their background, has the right to be fairly assessed for a qualified role. While the societal benefit is apparent, fair chance hiring also significantly impacts your financial bottom line and organizational culture. There is no “one size fits all” for implementing fair chance hiring. Companies and industries must consider unique risks, needs, and opportunities when developing policies, but there’s also no need to reinvent the wheel. You can make small adjustments to current practices to accommodate fair chance talent better. This panel discussion, led by Workforce Recovery Program Manager, Ryan Bowman, will bring together employers from different industries to share their insights on how employing individuals who are part of the fair chance population has led to transformational employment. You will hear about the challenges, successes, and lessons learned on how fair chance business practices can lead to assisting your business in finding, hiring, and retaining new talent.

11:15 a.m.    
Partnering to Create Fair Chance Pipelines

Catherine Wright, Attorney, Jackson Kelly PLLC
Abby McIntire, Warden, Blackburn Correctional Facility
Lisa Lourie, Owner/CEO, Spy Coast Farm
Brandon Stinnet, Blackburn Graduate of TPM, Spy Coast Farm
Moderator, Laurie Mays, Agriculture and Equine TPM Project Manager, Kentucky Chamber Foundation

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation partners with Blackburn Correctional Facility, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), and employers such as Spy Coast to address the equine industry’s significant labor shortages that limit growth. At the Blackburn Correctional Facility, qualified inmates participate in a program on TRF’s farm, managing a herd of more than 50 retired racehorses. While the TRF program provides valuable experience for the participants while incarcerated, there was no formal strategy to help them find work in the industry after they were released. A robust Workforce Readiness and Reentry Program was developed through these partnerships at Blackburn. The program includes resume work, interview skills, and other capabilities equine employers consider necessary for promising job candidates. This panel discussion will highlight how these partnerships lead to successful outcomes for returning citizens and the businesses who hire them.

12:00 p.m.
RECON KY Awards Luncheon
sponsored by Addiction Recovery Care (ARC)
Keynote: Creating Opportunities for a Second Chance
Nan Gibson, Executive Director for Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase Policy Center
More than 78 million Americans have a criminal or arrest record, and too often employers don’t see their potential because of it. In a hypercompetitive economy, where companies struggle to identify strong candidates at all levels of their operations, too many employers are missing out on qualified talent in this huge segment of the U.S. population. Providing Second Chance employment not only creates a more inclusive workforce, it also strengthens our communities by creating greater economic opportunity and mobility. The Second Chance Business Coalition, co-chaired by JPMorgan Chase & Co., includes more than 40 companies across a wide range of industries, including complex and highly-regulated sectors, to establish or enhance successful programs that give these job seekers a chance at meaningful employment and career advancement. Businesses can leverage resources they need to implement hiring programs, including an onramps guide and community partners map.

RECON KY Awards Presentation/Program
Beth Davisson, Senior Vice President, Foundation, Kentucky Chamber
LaKisha Miller, Executive Director, Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber
Tim Robinson, Chairman/President, RECON Kentucky and CEO and Founder, Addiction Recovery Care

2:30 p.m.
Recovery and Education in the Workplace: A Roadmap to Productivity, Promotion, and

Albert Crout, D.Min. Organizational Leadership, Director, Kentucky Recovery Career Network, Isaiah House Treatment Center Inc.                            

Isaiah House is the recipient of the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant. The 3.6 million dollars awarded by the grants have given Isaiah House unparalleled opportunities to share tools with businesses, clinicians, and treatment centers to support, train, and educate recovering individuals. The presentation focuses on the value of education and partnerships in the workforce for the individual in recovery and preparing businesses with the resources and support to develop competent and committed employees. Isaiah House has developed partnerships with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, Goodwill Industries, Bluegrass Area Development, Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, University of Kentucky, Reliance Works, and many other federal, state, and local entities through their innovative recovery programs. The education and support processes presented will include pre-vocational education strategies, workplace education opportunities, and skills-advancement education for businesses and recovering individuals.

3:15 p.m.

Alex Elswick, Founder, Voices of Hope and Assistant Extension Professor, University of Kentucky

3:30 p.m.
A Scientific Proposal for Recovery

Pradeep Deshpande, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville
This session will present a novel scientific approach to recovery which will include a measurement device to estimate our vibrational characteristics that are reflective of our true nature, and the practice of meditation to bring about the required positive change from within. The presentation will explain how a scientific device measures our vibrational characteristics leading to an estimate of two wellness parameters: stress (0 to 10) and life-force energy (0 to 100 J). The desirable range of stress is around 2.0 and the normal energy range is 65 to 75 J. Alcohol consumption raises stress and reduces energy, while meditation lowers stress and increases energy. Thus, combining the measurement device with the practice of meditation should be valuable in a workforce recovery program. The suggested approach will nonetheless require a desire to improve, determination, discipline, and a strong willpower.

4:15 p.m.  
Next Steps

LaKisha Miller, Executive Director, Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber

4:30 p.m.
4th Annual Kentucky Recovery in the Workplace Conference Concludes


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