8:30 a.m.    
Welcome and Overview

Beth Davisson, Emcee, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

8:35 a.m.
A Message from Dr. Chan on Criminal Justice Reform

Dr. Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

8:45 a.m.
Where We Are Now: A Year and a Pandemic Later
Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

9:00 a.m.
The Things We Never See: The Personal Side of Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness

Michael A. Rodenberg, CEO, Murakami Manufacturing USA, Inc.

10:00 a.m.
Rewriting the Narrative Around Substance Abuse Disorder

Keturah J. Herron, Policy Strategist, Juvenile Justice, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
An open discussion on the historical and current narrative around addiction, treatment, and recovery, while taking a deeper look into how the narrative shapes policy. 

10:30 a.m.
Kentucky Comeback

Kate Shanks, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

11:00 a.m.

Darnell Ferguson, Founder and Owner, SuperChef’s Restaurant

12:00 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote: State Government's Role in Recovery

The Honorable Andy Beshear, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Introduction: Ashli Watts, CEO and President, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

12:45 p.m.
Fair Practices Hiring: A Case Study

Scott Koloms, President, FMS Commercial Cleaning  

1:30 p.m.
The Talent Pool You're Overlooking – Hiring Talent with Criminal Records (Virtual Simulation)

Rehana Lerandeau, Fair Chance Program Manager, Checkr
Desiree Morton, Learning Experience Director, Overmorrow Group

You were just released after spending 5 years in a federal prison. You have $90, a prison ID, a parole meeting this afternoon and no friends or family in the area. What do you do? How will you secure employment, make rent, and avoid returning to prison? 2.3 million working age Americans are incarcerated today and 95% of them will return home – many of them with no resources to get them started. Employment is the number one indicator of cycles of recidivism continuing or ending for talent with records, and yet the unemployment rate of fair chance talent is five times that of those without records. Businesses need to do more to source, engage, and retain talent with records for our economies and our communities.

In this session, you will learn more about the unique challenges the reentry population faces upon release; gain understanding of the need for businesses to employ this highly valuable but vulnerable talent pool; and acquire best practices for getting started with fair chance hiring or hiring talent with records.

2:35 p.m.
Where Kentucky Stands Now

Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

2:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks: Next Steps

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

3:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Kentucky Recovery in the Workplace Conference concludes


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