The opening plenary and panel will explore the connections between careers, financial stability and long-term success through the lens of the Financial Opportunity Center and Bridges to Career Opportunities models.
Access to Quality Jobs: Systems Change & Policy Alignment
Although the economy has improved over the last decade, and unemployment rates are low, economic opportunity has not benefitted all living in America. In fact, livable wage jobs are outside of the reach of many of those we serve in our communities. Ravi Norman of THOR Companies will provide the keynote address. Following the keynote, the panelists will examine the systems and policy changes that could help create a more inclusive economy.
Local Spotlight: How to Coordinate Systems to Improve Quality Job Access for All
How do we ensure that everyone has an opportunity to connect to jobs created by economic development growth strategies? Whether an increased focus on middle skills training programs or employer engagement, cross-sector partnerships and aligning workforce development and education systems may help unlock economic opportunity for all. In this session, panelists from four sectors—government, philanthropy, business and higher education--will highlight ways Minnesota is seeking to connect business growth and workforce training to create a “win-win” for businesses, individuals, and the community.
Field- Building: research and Studies in Financial Stability and Workforce Development
This session will look at external studies and research that inform our work. We will draw from the wealth of recent studies and find the applicability and relevancy to our work. Reviewing the recent Skilled Workforce’s bench-marking study, we will discuss how to work together to apply the knowledge to make adjustments in our service delivery to increase impact in our communities.