WORKCON 2018 “Unlocking the Power of Partnerships”

Call for Presentations

WORKCON 2018 Call for Presentations

WORKCON 2018 – Unlocking the Power of Partnerships

May 2 – 4, 2018

Hilton San Diego Resort

WORKCON, sponsored by the California Workforce Association (CWA), is a unique gathering of Workforce Development Board members and workforce professionals; CTE educators from Adult Schools, community colleges, charter schools, ROPs, County Offices of Education and the K- 12 system; DOR and other rehabilitation programs; apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs; economic development professionals; and, other key partners helping provide a trained, skilled workforce to our diverse regional economies.
The Conference highlights the most powerful and innovative collaborations and partnerships that provide the keys to unlocking prosperity for both workers and communities. Though our roles and expertise vary, we share this common purpose.
Proposers should address current challenges and opportunities as well as successful models and best practices. You don’t need to have all the answers to submit. J Thought provoking and discussion sessions are also welcomed.
Scroll down to view more of the WORKCON 2018 Call for Proposals details, or click this link to download the complete proposal submission document CLICK HERE FOR> Call For Proposals WORKCON 2018 Application
Deadline for presentation submission is extended to Tuesday, March 6, 2018Proposers are encouraged to submit prior to that date. Expect to hear back from us on or around March 20, 2018.

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Regional Planning, Powerful Partnerships and Leading Edge Collaborations
At the core of the multiple regional plans that cut across workforce, community colleges and adult education, partnerships are the key. Share your experiences with the regional planning process over the past year, and highlight particularly productive partnerships that drove innovation in your area.
Share the positive outcomes and the value that are emerging from these   regional conversations? Ask your colleagues in other areas what their experiences were and contrast and compare with your own.
Group Process Skills
There are a multitude of regional efforts in play, all requiring good process skills related to this work. We are very interested in frameworks and approaches that use collective impact, human centered design, the Technology of Participation and other methods and techniques that aid in this process. Provide a short training in these techniques, or suggest a preconference session.
Industry Led Sector Partnerships
Imagine industry champions engaged in an ongoing dialogue producing  new insights and opportunities for the workforce system. What are different approaches to engage employers in identifying and validating “industry-valued” credentials that provide impediments to their growth?  How do we use what we learn to focus and align our work on the supply side?
Drawing on successful Industry Sector Partnerships, we are seeking sessions that feature a mix of industry champions, educators and other workforce partners that are having productive conversations with one another.
The Future of Work: Disruptors and Disruptions
Bring industry representatives that can speak to disruptors and disruptions that are happening in their industry that we should be aware of. Lead discussions about how supply side partners might better respond to these small and large revolutions that are changing the nature of the workplace. Or, lead other discussions that explore what this means for talent recruitment, development and retention.
Discuss the changes in skill and/or credential requirements and in the workplace as a result of artificial intelligence and robotics. Discuss new business models emerging from these changes, and what it means for workers.
Additionally, discuss what you are doing to help prepare workers for the gig economy and self-employment, and other efforts that support a more entrepreneurial approach to making a living. In short, share what you are doing to stay relevant amidst these seismic shifts in our economy due to technology and our digital, mobile centric world.
Career Pathways
Share your experiences, learnings, insights and thoughts about how we can do a better job of working with industry to identify and build more effective pathways that lead to advancement and higher wages, and motivate young adults to enter a host of exciting careers. 
Career Center Operations
With a skills attainment agenda, One Stops have undergone some profound shifts. How can programs and services connect to the sectors driving regional employment and to the regional plan? How do we align our resources to better address skill gaps?  How can we deal with the challenge of what to do with customers who don’t need or don’t want training? Share any experiences with online learning, both good and bad.
Additionally, how could “we” on the supply-side do a better job of speaking with one voice to business and organize job development efforts differently? And, given the need to integrate, how are you approaching cross training One Stop staff? What role is the Department of Rehabilitation playing and how is their expertise being leveraged for the benefit of all?
Use a staff meeting with your partners to review issues you are dealing with and where you are making headway. You probably have more ideas worth sharing than you think!
Proven Approaches in Serving Targeted Populations
Share state of the art approaches in serving veterans, ex-offenders, individuals with disabilities, long term unemployed, limited English speaking, underemployed and other individuals in need of assistance in obtaining employment or connecting with viable careers that lead to self sufficiency and enable income mobility.     
We also welcome proposals from agencies and individuals who have specialized expertise in serving youth with disabilities, transitioning foster youth, justice involved youth and other insufficiently connected youth who often experience barriers to employment.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Have a completely different topic you want to discuss that you think is important. Propose away!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Proposers are encouraged to submit prior to March 6th deadline.
Expect to hear back from us on or around March 20, 2018.

PreConference Sessions: Wed., May 2 (all morning)
Conference Begins: 12:45, Wed., May 2
Conference Ends: Noon, Friday, May 4

Hilton San Diego Resort (on Mission Bay)
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Presenters are responsible for their own hotel reservations.
CLICK HERE TO> Access Room Block
Room block room rates vary from $179 – $229 per night. The special room rate expires on April 2nd or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. A maximum of two (2) rooms may be reserved per guest. 
*** If the block is full, you will be responsible for securing other housing at rates that may be substantially higher.

All workshop presenters must register for the Conference! Please register at the time you submit your proposal if possible.
We ask your understanding and cooperation in abiding by the following registration policy regarding presenters.
WORKSHOP ONLY RATE                                    No Charge
This applies to presenters who come only to present and then leave the Conference. This will ensure you a name badge at Conference Registration.
ONE DAY PRESENTER RATE                             $330.
Presenter is given access to other Conference sessions and functions on the day of your presentation.
Presenter has access to the entire range of Conference experiences, including plenary sessions, workshops, receptions, continental breakfasts, the luncheon, and refreshment breaks.  
To register online, go to:

Anticipated Attendance: 500+
The average workshop will enjoy 40 – 50 attendees.
8 – 10 concurrent workshops during each of the 5 rounds of sessions.


Conference participants are engaged both in policy and program implementation related to education, training, employment and business services at the local, state and national level.
Attendees work primarily for government, non-profit community based organizations and educational institutions. They work in America’s Job Centers, for Workforce Development Boards, and in workforce and economic development departments, community colleges, charter schools, rehabilitation and county social service agencies and county offices of education, private schools, K-12, apprenticeship programs and business.  

  • Workshops should involve active learning with discussion & interaction.
  • Presentations should connect their success to factors that reveal the underlying promising practice. This makes it relevant to other areas, and helps move the discussion beyond “show and tell” sessions.
  • No more than 4 individuals on a panel please.
  • CWA may edit workshop titles and descriptions or combine similar proposals into one session. Due to space limitations, not all proposals are accepted.
  • Although we welcome and value the commercially available products and services available within our industry, sales presentations are not appropriate for workshops and will not be considered. Sponsorship’s and exhibit space is available if you are interested in connecting with our attendees in a manner that promotes sales.

Rooms will be equipped with LCD projectors and screens to project PowerPoint presentations and any other video source material (DVD’s, video clips, etc.).
Multiple presenters should coordinate their presentations so that they are all on one laptop. CWA does not supply LAPTOPS. Presenters must bring their own laptop, if needed. 

Create your Proposal as a WORD doc using Century Gothic 12 point font
Send it to John Baker, Conference Curator at:
Subject Line: WORKCON 2018 + your workshop title.  
Your Proposal should address the following elements:
Suggested Workshop Title
Presenter(s) Names
Names of all presenters with titles and organizational affiliation
Workshop Description (75 words or less)
A brief, concise description of your session that is suitable for use in the Conference Program. 
Presenter(S) Contact Info (for all presenters)
Phone (cell or office): 
All rooms are supplied with an LCD projector and sound.
Please indicate any additional needs here.
Internet (      );   Flip Charts (#     );   Other___________________________________
(    ) Yes, I understand that I will need to register as a presenter at either the special presenter rate, a one day presenter rate, or even if I’m just coming to present and then leaving the Conference (no charge).
NOTE: Presenters must bring their own Laptops.
MacBook users must bring the correct Adapter to connect to the LCD projector. No adapter…no PowerPoint!

Contact CWA Conference Curator, John D. Baker, 512-689-8177;


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