Meeting of the Minds (MMM) 2017 – Driven by Demand – September 5-7, Monterey Marriott


This year’s gathering of thought leaders and policy makers will focus on helping the public workforce system become even more demand driven. Sessions will focus on policies, programs and practices that capture how business and industry engagement is evolving, and how the “supply side” is changing in response to this more in-depth partnership with business.

With the renewed interest in creating apprenticeships that offer a viable alternative to college, MMM will also bring the latest information about best practices and increased funding that promises a renaissance for apprenticeship training.

MMM will also explore how we might respond to the new and varied demands of millennials and other job seekers who may not be looking for a job or career, but who need and want help to participate more robustly in the new economy. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE


The Call for Presenters closed on Monday, June 19th, John Baker CWA’s conference curator advised that we had received over 80+ proposals for session workshops. Here is just a sampling of proposal topics & potential discussion sessions; Business Engagement, Robust Sector Strategies, Taking Regional Work to the Next Level, Working Apprenticeship Models, Supporting the New Economy, Roles and Responsibilities of Workforce Development Boards, Facilitation and Design Methods, Integration & Alignment Within Career Centers, Youth Service Design & Implementation, and Performance Management. The conference draft agenda will be posted to the website soon.


Large blocks at the Monterey Marriott for all three days of conference are sold out, never fear! CWA will be adding two other local hotels for the CWA Meeting of the Minds conference with conference discounts. Hotels will be the Portola Hotel & Spa, room block closes Monday, August 7, 2017(Passkey link we be posted soon 06/27) and the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, room block closes August 6, 2017. For reservations for Casa Munras call 1-800-222-2446 or email reference “CWA Meeting of the Minds Overflow Rooms” group number coming soon. 8-15-2017 UPDATE: CWA MMM Conference Room Blocks are closed as of COB, Monday, 8-14-17.


We have two confirmed key note speakers for the conference, additional plenary speakers will be announced soon.

Nisha Patel is executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership is a nonpartisan group of leaders, experts, and practitioners working to identify promising interventions to make real, lasting progress against persistent poverty in America.

Michael Karl Michael Karl is a Corporate Speaker and Mentalist for Fortune 500 companies. As a Business Development Speaker who delivers Motivational Mind-Reading presentations unlike anything your audience will ever experience.


MMM will provide an opportunity for exhibitors to connect with key decision makers from workforce and education over two days. Over 500 attendees are anticipated at this year’s conference. CWA is offering several exciting advertising opportunities from program ads, social media posts during the conference, to full color advertising panels featured on our state of the art registration kiosk. To review Sponsor and Exhibit Packages, and to learn about other ways to gain exposure for your product or company, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


There are going to be some amazing conference special events during the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Meeting of the Minds. If you have not received CWA’s Conference Constant Contact conference promos and would like too, you can request to be added to the CWA mailing list email us at . For conference discounts and more member benefits become a California Workforce Association Affiliate Member today, individual and organizational rates are available. CWA Membership is yearly from July 1st through June 30th CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT INFO


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