Day 1, September 07, 2022
12:00 Noon - 05:00PM
Pre-Function Lobby
Registration
Day 2, September 08, 2022
07:00AM - 08:15AM
Grand Ballroom
Breakfast
07:00AM - 05:00PM
Pre-Function Lobby
Registration
Format : Tentative Schedule - Subject to Change
08:15AM - 08:30AM
Grand Ballroom
Conference Welcome
Format : Tentative Schedule - Subject to Change
Speakers
Ed Castile, AIDT Director, Deputy Secretary Of Commerce

Welcome & State of the Workforce

08:30AM - 09:15AM
Grand Ballroom
Today's Labor Market: The Problems & Potential, the Obstacles and Opportunities
Speakers
Greg Schumann

 

This keynote session will examine national workforce trends, specifically discussing the implications for our region and state. Additionally, the session will address Alabama's workforce realities and opportunities, exploring how holistic development can provide a powerful path forward in elevating our state's workforce environment. 
09:15AM - 10:00AM
Grand Ballroom
Solving Workforce Childcare Issues: New Approaches for Alabama's New Generation
Speakers
James Kendrick, Compensation And Benefits, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
Lyndsay Ferguson, VP Workforce, Huntsville Madison County Chamber Of Commerce
Eric Cutler, Chief Data Officer, TOOTRIS

 Unaffordable and unavailable Child Care impacts Alabama's workforce participation, productivity, and success on the job, along with their home/life balance. The challenges around Child Care have a huge impact on employee absenteeism and lost wages. In this 45-minute session, you'll learn the different ways your organization can provide Child Care benefits that offer working parents the tools and support they need to stay on the job and perform their best.

10:00AM - 10:15AM
Pre-Function Lobby
Break
10:15AM - 11:00AM
Riverchase A
Making the Impact: How your business can meet the work challenge head on
Track : BreakOut Track 1
Speakers
Cassie Shropshire, Business Relations Consultatn, Alabama Department Of Rehabilitation

The workforce shortage has been a challenge for all businesses in Alabama. Learn how to access solutions as well as financial incentives through the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to help build your workforce pipeline with qualified individuals with disabilities.

10:15AM - 11:00AM
Riverchase B
Alabama's Workforce - We've Got Answers
Track : BreakOut Track 2
Speakers
Jim Jager, New South Research
Chris Roquemore, Manager, AIDT

Learn more from a recent survey of workforce behaviors in Alabama and what it means for the future of recruitment and retention.

10:15AM - 11:00AM
Wyndsor (downstairs)
Panel: Best Practices Sharing as we Reimagine, Recruiting, and Retention
Track : BreakOut Track 3
Speakers
Samuel Addy, Associate Dean For Economic Development Outreach, Culverhouse College Of Business, The University Of Alabama
Matthew Ulmer, State Specialist For Community, Workforce, Leadership & Economic Development, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Carlos Aleman, CEO, HICA (Hispanic Interest Coalition Of Alabama)
Amy Brabham, Workforce Development Director , City Of Auburn - Economic Development

This session highlights what can happen when we work together. Hear from experts who are solving problems and changing lives of Alabamians.

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Riverchase A
Building Alabama - CICT Grants
Track : BreakOut Track 1
Speakers
Jason Phelps, ACRI Executive Director, Go Build Alabama
Starting or expanding a construction training program has never been easier with the grants available from the CICT board. In this session, attendees will receive information about the Alabama Construction Industry Craft Training Board Grant Program and how to apply.
11:00AM - 11:45AM
Riverchase B
ACE - Career Skills in a New Age
Track : BreakOut Track 2
Speakers
Rachel Thomas
Courtney Monnette, Adult Education Specialist, ACCS
David Walters, N/a, ACCS
The ACE project is a collective effort by the Alabama Community College System and other stakeholders to provide relevant, cutting-edge, and industry-driven employability skills training to better prepare individuals for the Alabama workforce. ACE is based on the skills and competencies required by business and industry and assimilated through the work of the Alabama Committee on Credentialing Career Pathways and the Technical Advisory Committees. The ACE course can be customized to meet education and industry needs and will lead into a specific career pathway such as a Mobilizing Alabama's Pathways (MAP) course or a Skills for Success rapid training course.

 

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Wyndsor (downstairs)
PANEL: Spotlight on Success - Retaining a Valued Employee
Format : Tentative Schedule - Subject to Change
Track : BreakOut Track 3
Speakers
Jeff Cofield, Alabama Power
Ashanti Ryals, Phifer Wire
Moderators
Patrick Daugherty, Business Relations Consultant, ADRS/VR
Debra Bryant, N/a, ADRS

 The labor shortage is also a retention problem! Tackle turnover with creative solutions and best strategies to survive the workforce shortage.

11:45AM - 12:00 Noon
Pre-Function Lobby
Networking Time
12:00 Noon - 01:00PM
Grand Ballroom
LUNCH/KEYNOTE SPEAKER: A Simple, Yet Inspiring Path to Dramatically Improving Employee Engagement and Retention
Speakers
Matt Tenney, Keynote Speaker, SpeakInc
In this program, the highly-acclaimed author, Matt Tenney, will share a simple yet inspiring approach - based on lessons learned along his journey from a prisoner, to a monk, to social entrepreneur - to quickly and significantly improve employee engagement and retention, and scale a high-performance culture. You'll walk away with powerful tools to help leaders at all levels to be more effective, while also realizing deeper meaning and fulfillment at work.



Matt Tenney

Matt Tenney works to develop highly effective leaders and sales professionals who achieve extraordinary, long-term business outcomes – and live more fulfilling lives – as a result of realizing high levels of self-mastery and more effectively serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them.

Matt is a social entrepreneur and the author of the highly acclaimed books Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom and The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule. 

Matt is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute. His clients include Wells Fargo, Marriott, Keller Williams, Salesforce, United Airlines, and many other companies, associations, and universities.

 


01:00PM - 02:00PM
Grand Ballroom
Alabama Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Award
Join us as we recognize the contributions and successes of people with disabilities, and those businesses that provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to achieve through competitive, integrated employ

 

02:15PM - 03:15PM
Riverchase A
EDPA Presents Alex (The Alabama Experience): Insight from World Games Premiere and their role in the future of Workforce Development
Track : BreakOut Track 1
Speakers
Greg Barker, President, EDPA

 This breakout session will discuss the unique immersive experience we call ALEX which exists to educate people about what it means to live and work in Alabama and engage current and potential Alabama workers. Additionally, this session will discuss EDPA's role in the future of workforce development.


02:15PM - 03:15PM
Riverchase B
Work-based Learning: A New Approach to recruiting
Track : BreakOut Track 2
Speakers
Vanessa Coleman, Business Relations Consultant, Alabama Dept. Of Rehabilitation Services
Jaime Mitchell, Human Resources Manager, The University Of Alabama

Learn how the University of Alabama utilized a unique work-based learning approach to recruit individuals with disabilities. 


02:15PM - 03:15PM
Wyndsor (downstairs)
Creating a Talent-based Ecosystem in Alabama: Providing Relevant and Pragmatic Talent Solutions for Today's Talent Crisis
Track : BreakOut Track 3
Speakers
Tim McCartney, Chairman, Alabama Workforce Council
Nick Moore, Education Policy Advisor And Coordinator, Governor’s Office Of Education And Workforce Transformation
Kim LaFevor, Senior Executive To The VP Of Strategy & Innovation, Athens State University
In our current employment landscape, many businesses have closed or adjusted their production or hours of operation to acclimatize to the present labor shortage. No end seems in sight for this difficult quandary. As we all recognize, human capital is at the center of an organization's sustainability and ongoing success. If we really want to sufficiently tackle this business problem, the stark reality is that we have to reimagine and create new staffing models that can nimbly and adequately adjust to the current and emergent workforce challenges. In this session, the state of the worker shortage and skilled talent gap will be unpacked, current challenges outlined, and Alabama's newly created talent-based ecosystem that creates relevant and pragmatic talent solutions as an answer to today's talent crisis will be presented. Join us in this session to learn what you can do to engage as an important part of this statewide collaborative effort connecting job seekers, employers and education and training providers.

 


03:15PM - 03:30PM
Pre-Function Lobby
Break
03:30PM - 04:30PM
Riverchase A
Recruit Differently: Understanding Neurodiversity and How to Become a Neuro-Inclusive Employer
Track : BreakOut Track 1
Speakers
Anna Doeren-Taylor, Business Relations Specialist, ADRS

 

Move your Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) goals to a new level: learn how to unlock the advantages of hiring a neurodivergent workforce!


03:30PM - 04:30PM
Riverchase B
Building Alabama: Starting a Training Program
Format : Tentative Schedule - Subject to Change
Track : BreakOut Track 2
Speakers
Jason Phelps, ACRI Executive Director, Go Build Alabama

A quality training program can be crucial to an employee retention plan. In this session, attendees will review things to consider in planning a new training program or revamping an existing one. 


03:30PM - 04:30PM
Wyndsor (downstairs)
PANEL: MAP - A Pathway to Success
Track : BreakOut Track 3
Speakers
Rachel Thomas
Courtney Monnette, Adult Education Specialist, ACCS
David Walters, N/a, ACCS

 The Mobilizing Alabama Pathway (MAP) courses offer the ability for adults to gain valuable information in a career and credentials for success that may not otherwise be accessible. MAPs are the state's program for short-term, industry-specific, entry-level training for residents who are displaced, in career fields with low wages, or who are new to the workforce but face barriers to achieving sustainable employment. The current MAP courses target the five high-demand and high-wage industries in our state: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation & Logistics, Information Technology, and Construction.

Day 3, September 09, 2022
07:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Pre-Function Lobby
Registration
07:30AM - 08:30AM
Grand Ballroom
Breakfast
08:30AM - 09:15AM
Grand Ballroom
Building Alabama: Go Build Alabama Recruitment and Retention Strategies
Speakers
Jason Phelps, ACRI Executive Director, Go Build Alabama

Recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce has always been difficult and even more so in today's crowded and noisy marketplace. In this session, attendees will learn how Go Build Alabama and the construction industry sector are addressing these recruitment and retention challenges.

09:15AM - 10:00AM
Grand Ballroom
Innovator Awards

Join us as we celebrate innovative practices in workforce across our 7 regions in Alabama.

10:00AM - 10:15AM
Pre-Function Lobby
Break
10:15AM - 11:00AM
Grand Ballroom
Skills for Success
Speakers
Houston Blackwood, ACCS

The Alabama Community College System's Innovation Center works with the community colleges and industry partners to develop courses for in-demand jobs. This session will highlight live demonstrations of available courses, successful deliveries by colleges, and the plan for further course development.

11:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Riverchase A
Creative Recruitment Strategies (An Untapped Talent Resource)
Track : BreakOut Track 1
Speakers
Charles Wilkinson, Chair, Disablity:IN Alabama

 

More than 400 corporations trust Disability:IN to activate and achieve disability inclusion across their enterprise and in the broader corporate mainstream. Learn how your business can tap into this global network to access resources and recruit untapped talent.
11:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Riverchase B
Promoting Your Regional Workforce Council
Track : BreakOut Track 2
Speakers
Jill Corbin, Brand Strategist, AIDT/AlabamaWorks
Jacquie Allen, Assistant Director, Communications, AIDT
Discover ways to promote your regional workforce council to all of the various stakeholders.

 

11:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Wyndsor (downstairs)
The Year of the Workforce Rebrand: How Alabama Companies can Compete in a Candidate-Centric Market
Track : BreakOut Track 3
Speakers
Charlie Vaughn, Na, Alabama Media Group
Bart Thau, Alabama Media Group

 An outline of the changing state of recruitment in Alabama with key recruitment statistics and figures by area. Companies are competing over a limited talent pool. Learn how to win by more effectively recruiting active and passive job seekers to adapt to new and emerging trends.

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