DAY 1 - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

8 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

Josh Benton, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

8:55 a.m.     
Increase Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for You and Your Workforce’s Success

Anne Loehr, Executive Vice President, Center for Human Capital Innovation

What is EQ? EQ is similar to IQ; IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient whereas EQ stands for Emotional Intelligence Quotient. EQ is a measure of your ability to monitor, identify, understand and use emotional information, whether it comes from you or from somebody else. Those with a higher EQ are able to manage feelings like anger, happiness, insecurity, or fear in order to “respond” to situations rather than “react” to situations. Studies show that up to 80% of the average person’s personal and career success can be attributed to their level of EQ. The good news is, EQ can be increased with practice.

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

Steve Rudolf, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President – HR Operations, Baptist Health SSC

Talent Pipeline Management™ (TPM) empowers employers to play a leading role in developing talent pipelines for their most critical jobs. This session will focus on a quick overview of TPM: what it is, how it works and how it’s transforming workforce discussion in the Greater Louisville region’s healthcare sector.

10:20 a.m.     
Building Kentucky’s Nursing Talent Pipeline

Sonya Bergman, Vice President, Human Resources, Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Peggy Rasnick-Justice, Pikeville Medical Center, Inc.
Carolyn Roberts, Owner, Caring People Services
Moderator: Steve Rudolf, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President – HR Operations, Baptist Health SSC

Kentucky, like many states, is experiencing a nursing shortage. Hear directly from healthcare leaders from all corners of the state who are playing a leading role in tackling one of the sectors most pressing workforce issues.

11:05 a.m.  
Amplify Your Employer Relationships with Dynamic Data

Michele Robertson, Program Manager, Dun & Bradstreet
Jason Probst, Client Director, Dun & Bradstreet
Michelle DeJohn, Executive Staff Advisor, Kentucky Career Center, Cabinet for Education & Workforce Development

Learn how Kentucky Local Workforce Development Areas are leveraging data and analytics to streamline and enhance business relationships and how the LWDA’s can engage new businesses, identify ones that are healthy and growing, and conversely those that are struggling and at risk of a potential layoff event.  Additionally, the panel will share how Kentucky is using data to inform about key industries and sectors as well as strategies and tools to assist dislocated workers for rapid re-employment subsequent to a layoff event.  We will share how insights from the data have enabled Kentucky to be more proactive in their business engagement – improving employer relationships and local economies.

12 p.m.  
Lunch with sponsors

1 p.m.     
General Session:  
Rural Relevancy:  Positioning Our Community to Thrive in a Global Market

Charlie Bell, BCHS Senior, Barren County High School
Olivia Crowe, BCHS Senior, Barren County High School
DJ Dillon, BCHS Senior, Barren County High School
Zach Shearer, MCHS Senior, Metcalfe County High School
Justin Browning, Project Manager, BC Skills, Barren County Schools
Robert Bauer, PLTW BioMed Master Teacher, Barren County High School
Justin Browning, Project Manager, BC Skills, Barren County Schools
CheyAnne Fant, Director of Nutrition Services, Barren County Schools

In Glasgow, Kentucky, students and adults are engaged in an education model designed to supply the market and workforce demands of tomorrow.

1:45 p.m.     
Employer Resources
1) Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program

Michelle DeJohn, Executive Staff Advisor, Kentucky Career Center, Cabinet for Education & Workforce Development
2)Kentucky Career Center Provides Work Ready Solutions for Employers
Crystal Bell, Implementation Consultant, WIN Learning

2:30 p.m.
Crisis to Career: A Nationally Recognized Model

Matt Brown, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Addiction Recover Care

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Study on Benefit and Costs of Substance Use Treatment (August 2016) showed a $5.28 return on investment for every dollar that was put into job training programs for those with substance use disorder (SUD). Based on this study, Addiction Recovery Care integrated vocational training into its holistic treatment model, “Crisis to Career” — which is now being reviewed for the U.S Health and Human Services Department’s Building Evidence for Employment Strategies study. In his session, the presenter will show how introducing vocational training into SUD treatment doubled treatment motivation, increased success rates, and is leading those with SUD to long-term sobriety. Graduates of these vocational training programs are now giving back and helping others with SUD to recover, as well. Vocational training has shown itself to be a vital piece of the recovery ecosystem that is beginning to thrive in Kentucky.

3 p.m.
Bridging the Employment Gap

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

A story of how one business leader learned through a company turnaround, the importance of “bridging the gap” between business and education in order to  build productive partnerships to develop the local workforce.

3:30 p.m.
Upskilling Talent: Creating Shared Value for Workers and Businesses

Jaimie Francis, Senior Director, Programs and Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The need to upskill for our dynamic economy is the need of the hour. Companies that acknowledge and respond to this need will have a competitive edge. The biggest challenge employers face today as they consider this critical investment is how to do it. Using examples from Talent Pipeline Management® practitioners across the country, we will explore how companies are choosing to adapt, invest, and overcome the temptation of sticking to their old ways.

4 p.m.
Networking Reception

5 p.m.
Day One Adjourns


DAY 2 - Thursday, February 20, 2020

8 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
Josh Benton, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

8:40 a.m.
Criminal Justice Reform: The Road to Workforce Recovery

Mané Martirosyan, Senior Social Worker, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections
Jason Merrick, Director of Addiction Services, Kenton County Detention Center
Amanda Hall, Smart Justice Field Organizer, ACLU of Kentucky
Matt Manley, SAMAT Program Administrator, Kentucky Department of Courts
Travis Blair, Addiction Recovery Centers (ARC)
Moderator: Pat Fogarty, Director, Community Relations, Alkermes, Inc.

10 a.m.
Construction Industry Leaders and Educators in Fayette County Partner to Strengthen Kentucky’s Talent Pipelines

Monica Jones, College and Career Readiness Coach, Frederick Douglass High School
Daryn Morris, Principal, Southside Technical Center
John Phillips, President and CEO, AE Electrical Solutions
Moderator: Susan Brewer, PHR, Vice President, Human Resources, Gray Construction

Ensuring clear and more strategic communication between business and education is key to creating an environment in which students have the skills, knowledge and awareness needed to succeed in today’s workforce.

10:45 a.m.
Workforce Development for the Modern World – How AI and Voice Can Help You Achieve Success in a Tight Labor Market

Nick Dokich, Founder/CEO, Ulimi
Kurt Wells, COO, Ulimi
Doug Goodwin, VP Strategic Partnerships, Ulimi

Our region is short on talent for our workforce, and the effect threatens our economic growth and long term outlook. This isn't just a local problem; every region of the country is feeling the impact. The reality is there is no simple solution to attracting more people with the right type of talent we need. The answer is to maximize  the people we have and add digital workers to our current teams. We will present a realistic view of AI, Chat, and Voice bots. We will differentiate between perception and reality of what AI and bots can accomplish, show how and where companies can make the smartest impact to their workforce, deliver the questions that should be asked before jumping in, and show the near term and future of who AI and bots can help you create and maintain a sustainable winning workforce.

11:30 a.m.
Luncheon with sponsors and exhibitors

12:30 p.m.  
Filling Jobs with Qualified Workers: Successful Workforce Programs from Across the Commonwealth

In this session, you’ll hear about two more workforce initiatives that are having a positive impact by expanding workforce opportunities. Can programs like this work for your company and community?
Moderator: Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

1) Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE)
Jeff Whitehead, Executive Director, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)

In partnership with the Kentucky Opioid response Effort (KORE) and the Office for Drug Control Policy (ODCP), the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program has established the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). A Job Entry and Retention Support Specialist (JERSS) is placed at each comprehensive Kentucky Career Centers (KCC) to support individuals in recovery seeking (re)employment and job training, educate and train employers, and help in the development of Employer Resource Networks (ERNs). The ERNs in development will be comprised of employers that support the implementation of recovery-friendly policies for hiring and retaining employees recovering from opioid use disorder, and include offering the support of a success coach within the workplace. This program has 18 full-time employees, including 12 Job Entry and Retention Support Specialists, 5 Success Coaches, and 1 Program Manager.  

2) Collaborative Re-Entry:  A Workforce Systems Approach to Cultivating Transformational Employers and Reducing Recidivism
Dr. Robert Boone, President/CEO South Central Workforce Development Board, Employward, Inc.

The South Central Workforce Development Board (SCWDB) began designing and implementing a systems approach to regional workforce development two years ago.  Most recently, the SCWDB has articulated a strategic plan for re-entry programming.  As part of this strategy, the SCWDB has partnered with two regional detention centers to create a physical space within each facility to serve as Kentucky Career Center access points.  This physical space is coupled with virtual career services offered through the web-based employment skills platform, Career Edge.  From there, the SCWDB has partnered with our region’s largest detention center, the Warren County Regional Jail, to develop the LEAP (Linking Employment to Activities Pre-Release) initiative, which combines customized workforce development programming with the KY Department of Corrections’ work release program.  To support efforts after pre-release, the SCWDB and the Cumberlands Workforce Development Board recently announced the Court2Career program.  The Court2Career program leverages support from EKCEP’s Job Entry and Retention Support Specialist role along with the creation of two Court2Career Coordinator roles.  These positions will work in collaboration with one another and with workforce system partners, including the Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center, to help formerly incarcerated individuals locate and retain employment, connect with expungement resources, seek treatment for substance abuse disorder, and secure temporary housing and transportation. 

1:15 p.m.
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 p.m.
EmployER Engagement – The Fresh and Dissenting Voice on the Employment Relationship

Danny Nelms, President, Work Institute

Based on the upcoming book, EmployER Engagement aims to challenge the status quo on how we think about attraction, retention and engagement in today’s extremely competitive marketplace.  With today’s fully employed U.S. job market, employees have the power in deciding where they chose to work.  Because of these market conditions, it is necessary for organizations to engage their employees, rather than expect employees to engage with their organization. Companies need to rehabilitate their approach to attracting, engaging, and retaining their employees to coincide with the current job market.  This EmployER Engagement program will help prepare you to become an industry leader in how to update and revitalize your organization’s management of its workforce. Employee engagement as a concept is “tired” and not working. It is time for a new idea. It is time for EmployER Engagement.

2:50 p.m.
Workforce Summit Wrap-up: Call to Action

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Josh Benton, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

3 p.m.      
5th Annual Kentucky Workforce Summit Adjourns


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