Keynote Address
“Why It Matters”

Joe Xavier,
Director, California Department of Rehabilitation

Joe Xavier has a profound understanding of the barriers individuals with disabilities face to gain meaningful employment. Near and dear to his heart are the partnerships DOR has developed with their stakeholders, businesses and communities that deliver services and offer opportunities that support their customers.

“Unlocking Social Mobility through Career Pathways”

Andrea C. Wade, Provost and Vice President for Academic Services, Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York

Andrea Wade will discuss ways to craft career pathways that ensure greater access to underserved populations and other individuals with barriers to employment. She will also share her experiences with connecting with the public workforce system, and getting employers to understand the importance of career pathways while ensuring their support and involvement.

Dr. Wade serves as MCC’s chief academic officer in charge of curriculum, faculty and academic programs at Monroe Community College. Prior to joining the staff at MCC, Wade worked at SUNY Broome Community College for 18 years. In her final role as associate vice president and dean, she presided over seven academic departments as well as its distance education and adult learner programs. She holds a B.S. in biology and medical technology from the Catholic University of America, and earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame.

“Moving Beyond the Status Quo”

Larry Robbin, Robbin & Associates

As the Conference concludes, we are pleased to have one of the legends of workforce development, Larry Robbin, share his thoughts on how all partners can create a more coherent approach that plays to our strengths as a system, and moves us over and around the obstacles that have served to maintain our funding and programmatic silos.

“The Six Words That We Should Use Again”

Walter Di Mantova, Vice President, Powerminds Inc.

This keynote focuses on just two things: how and why these terms are no longer valid in the face of our shared, forward-facing challenges and what alternative words—and the concepts behind them — we can use to direct our preparing and doing.

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