Track I: Increasing Opportunities for Inclusion in Wisconsin’s Workforce

April 28-29, 2020

A globalized marketplace, increasing automation, pressure for rapidly interchangeable work skills, an inconsistent regulatory climate and uncertainty about how to design educational systems to bring them up-to-date with the ways we build knowledge and process information in the context of constantly changing technology are a part of what makes today’s working environment challenging for employers and employees alike.The barriers are significant and can be structural, including historically low wages, insufficient funding for alternative development strategies, lack of affordable education, taxpayer resistance, and lack of inter-agency collaboration.

Some barriers are attributable to the environment, such as discrimination, stereotyping, persistent poverty and lack of opportunity. Still other barriers boil down to inadequate opportunities and resources for career planning and job skill development.The pervasiveness of such barriers threatens the welfare of potential workers, blocks opportunities to develop individual skills and breeds hopelessness.

Tuesday, April 28 Room Session # Session Title
10:15-11:15 a.m. Michigan 1. Leadership for Cultural Sustainability
10:15-11:15 a.m. Ontario 2. Meeting Your Employer Needs by Hiring and Retaining Wisconsin's Offender Population
10:15-11:15 a.m. Huron 3. Unlock the Power of Belonging to Deliver Exceptional Outcomes
1:45-2:45 p.m. Michigan 4. Beyond Good Intentions: Realistic Action for Organizational Change
1:45-2:45 p.m. Ontario 5. Assessing Organizational Racism and Advocating for Anti-Racist Work Spaces-Part 1 of 2
1:45-2:45 p.m. Huron 6. Creating a Supportive and Inclusive Workplace for Employees with Mental Health Conditions
3:15-4:15 p.m. Michigan 7. Step Up Inclusive Hiring
3:15-4:15 p.m. Ontario 8. Assessing Organizational Racism and Advocating for Anti-Racist Work Spaces-Part 2 of 2
3:15-4:15 p.m. Huron 9. Overcoming Barriers for Employing Those with Disabilities
Wednesday, April 2929 Room Session # Session Title
9:15-10:15 a.m. Michigan 10. COVERING
9:15-10:15 a.m. Bear 11. The Shifting Talent Landscape: What does that mean for your Organization?
9:15-10:15 a.m. Ontario 12. Health Workers, Healthy Wisconsin Project 
10:30-11:30 a.m. Michigan 13. Greater Together - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Milwaukee’s Creative Sector
10:30-11:30 a.m. Ontario 14. Got Equity?
10:30-11:30 a.m. Huron 15. Packer Swagger: We Walk the Walk…Will You?
1:45-2:45 p.m. Michigan 16. Using Apprenticeship Programs to Train Inmates 
1:45-2:45 p.m. Ontario 17. Employee Network and Affinity Groups
1:45-2:45 p.m. Huron 18. Innovative Services Offered by DWD Division of Employment and Training Office of Veteran Services