Preliminary agenda: Subject to change

The 2017 National Fund for Workforce Solution's Leadership Convening begins Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:30am and runs until Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:30pm. A reception will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Please click here to view the draft agenda. Please note this agenda is subject to change

Schedule at a glance:

Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:30am - 10:00am
Opening Plenary
Welcome to Philadelphia
Welcome from the National Fund: Pete Strange, Chairman of the Board
Introduction to the Conference: Fred Dedrick, President and CEO
10:00am - 5:00pm
Workshops: Session I
Lunch & 2017 Employer Awards
Young Adult Employer Champions

Plenary: What Motivates Business Executives to Invest in Their Frontline Workforce? Why do some CEOs and Presidents decide to invest in their frontline workforce while others do not? Who and what influences their decisions? In a competitive marketplace, how do they sustain investments over time? This plenary session will explore these questions with healthcare and manufacturing executives. Representing companies that offer a range of skill and career development opportunities to their entry-level employees, the speakers will discuss effective strategies for aligning business priorities with workforce investments and how to motivate other senior leaders to do the same.
Networking Break
Workshops: Session II
Plenary: Promoting Health and Financial Wellness
What can companies do to promote the health and financial wellness of their employees?
Reception: Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation was established to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings.
Friday, June 16, 2017
7:30am - 8:45am
Affinity Group Meetings
Breakfast will be available from 7:15am-8:30am.
9:00am - 3:00pm
Plenary: Hiring and Keeping Skilled Employees in a Tight Labor Market
Senior Advisor to the National Fund, Steve Dawson, will lead a discussion on how companies, in a low-unemployment economy, are changing their business practices to attract and retain employees. Employers will discuss practices that improve employee engagement and performance.
Networking Break
Workshops: Session III
Lunch & 2017 Employer Awards
CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions
Plenary: Aligning and Leveraging Workforce and Economic Development Strategies
Facilitator: Whitney Smith, JPMorgan Chase Panelists:
  • Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Brookings Metropolitan Project
  • Rob Simpson, President, CenterState CEO
  • Betsy Beimann, CEO, Coastal Enterprises