Event Schedule

Wednesday, June 20
9:30 am - 10:00 am 9:30 am
District Hall

Registration begins.

10:00 am - 10:15 am 10:00 am
  • Rosalin Acosta (Speaker) Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Welcome message delivered by Secretary Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development in Massachusetts.

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10:20 am - 11:00 am 10:20 am

The realities of workforce demand in the United States are changing at an unprecedented pace. Large-scale efforts across industries must be implemented and scaled in order to equip Americans with the in-demand job skills of the future. The time to...

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11:10 am - 11:30 am 11:10 am
  • Michelle Weise (Speaker) SVP, Workforce Strategies & Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Education Network

The future of work will demand educational models vastly different from today’s system of higher education. Dr. Weise will discuss how our nation needs to create more solutions to define the learning ecosystem of the future.

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11:35 am - 12:05 pm 11:35 am
  • Linda Noonan (Speakers) MA Business Alliance For Education
  • Lowell Matthews (Speakers) Policy Director, College & Career Pathways, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Jackney Joseph (Speakers) Director, Career Readiness Initiatives, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

States across the country are responding to a growing gap between the skills job candidates possess and the skills employers require. In this session, we will discuss state initiatives to prepare students for a constantly changing workplace.

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12:05 pm - 1:00 pm 12:05 pm

Lunch is served. Exhibitor area open for networking.

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1:10 pm - 1:40 pm 1:10 pm
  • J.D. LaRock (Speaker) President and CEO, Commonwealth Corporation

Dr. J.D. LaRock will share the vision of this new commision, a panel of employers, higher ed presidents, workforce development leaders, and scholars, designed to enable more people in the state to access digitally enabled, employer-relevant learni...

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1:45 pm - 2:30 pm 1:45 pm
  • Alysia Ordway (Speakers) Employer Engagement Director, Boston Private Industry Council
  • Bruce Bergwall (Speakers) Senior Vice President, Employee Success, Woz U
  • Cathleen Scerbo (Speakers) Vice President and General Manager, Technology Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Additional speakers released soon.

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2:50 pm - 3:35 pm 2:50 pm
  • Melissa Goldberg (Speakers) Director, Workforce Insights (Workforce Partnerships), Southern New Hampshire University
  • Dena Lerra (Speakers) Incumbent Program Manager, Workforce Development/Human Resources, Partners HealthCare
  • Cristy Sugarman (Speakers) Director Center for Alternative Studies & Educational Testing, North Shore Community College
  • MJ Ryan (Speakers) Director Workforce Development, Partners HealthCare
  • Helen Adeosun (Speakers) Founder and CEO, CareAcademy

Additional speakers released soon.

3:40 pm - 4:25 pm 3:40 pm
  • Collin Gutman (Speakers) Head of Skilled Trades Division & Strategy, Penn Foster
  • Guy Halfteck (Speakers) Founder & CEO, Knack
  • Laura Major (Speakers) Vice President Of Engineering, CyPhy Works, Inc.
  • Thomas Canastra (Speakers) Engineering Technology Instructor, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Madeleine McGuire (Speakers) Compliance Officer, Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards

Additional speakers released soon.

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4:45 pm - 5:30 pm 4:45 pm
  • Cheryl Oldham (Speaker) Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Session details released soon.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 5:30 pm

Light fare served with a cash bar.



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