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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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 interagency 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.

Schedule

 

 

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Set Up

7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

Exhibit Area Open

8:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Opening Speakers

   

Land Acknowledgement

   

Welcome

   

Announcements

   

Opening Remarks

   

Introduction of Plenary Speaker

   

Plenary Speaker – Pardeep Singh Kaleka

   

Resident Artist – Dasha Hamilton

10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Passing Time – Exhibit Area Open

10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions – Section One

 

Session 1 - 1: Creating Pathways to Career Success Through Inclusive Leadership Development Programs

 

Rooms: Regency Ballroom A

 

Description: The session will provide an overview of a successful talent development program specifically designed for employees from racial minority groups that can be duplicated in other organizations. Many times, individuals from underrepresented groups have different experiences in the workplace and may face barriers on their career journeys. It is important for talent leaders to understand how to create intentional experiences that assist employees in navigating unwritten rules in the workplace, learning the actions needed to build social, professional, and influential skills, and strategies to enhance credibility and achieve career objectives.

Presenter: Danyelle Granger, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Old National Bank

Session 1 - 2: Building a Diverse Workforce Through Apprenticeship Strategies

 

Room: Regency Ballroom B

 

Description: Wisconsin has a long tradition of apprenticeship training, passing the country’s first apprenticeship law in 1911.  Today, apprenticeship is undergoing major transformation, becoming a more widely adopted, flexible workforce development solution to skilled labor demands across a myriad of industry sectors. Apprenticeship is a proven work-based learning model that can help businesses develop new, high-quality talent pools that include women, people of color, and disadvantaged populations.  Expert panelists will outline the benefits of apprenticeship training and how to access resources; share employer successes in diversifying their workforce through apprenticeship; and discuss expanding opportunities in new industry sectors and youth apprenticeship.

 

Presenters:

·        Karen Morgan, Director, Department of Workforce Development-Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

·        Henry Hurt, Owner, Hurt Electric

·        Brian McMahon, Deputy Director, Operation Fresh Start Madison

·        Patricia Schramm, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of South Central WI

Session 1 - 3: Developing an Equity Hub for Workforce Development in Milwaukee

 

Room: Regency Ballroom C

 

Description: The evolving development of an “equity hub” in Milwaukee designed to create community facing solutions to end the decades of disinvestment and the persistent equity challenges in the community, creating clear pathways for employers, long-term unemployed, and underemployed individuals and college and high school students.  Included in the presentation would be the findings of the recent Employ Milwaukee transition plan. The region wide Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA), a collaboration of 22 public and private higher education institutions aligned to increase the percentage of individuals in the M7 region with a high quality postsecondary credential to 60 percent by 2027.The Milwaukee Urban League recently launched a new employment program with opportunity youth who are teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. Currently, there are an estimated 16,349 young people age 16 to 24 that are out of school and not working in Milwaukee. MKE Fellows’ primary goal is the creation of a strong pipeline of young, African-American male college graduates ready to stay and return to Wisconsin to excel in their careers, build wealth, and become engaged leaders. 

 

Presenters:

·        Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

·        Willie Wade, CEO, Employ MKE

·        Dr. Eve Hall, President, Milwaukee Urban League

·        John Daniels Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Quarles and Brady

Session 1 - 4: Improving Employment Outcomes for the Reentry Population

 

Room: Regency Ballroom D

 

Description: The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has a number of employment and education related initiatives to provide incarcerated individuals with the opportunity to learn new skills and to meaningfully participate in the workforce. This session highlights a few of the programs and initiatives in place to train and prepare these men and women for their eventual return to the community – and the workplace.

 

Moderator: Silvia R. Jackson, PhD,  Department of Corrections Reentry Director, DOC Reentry Unit – Office of the Secretary

Presenters:

·        Ray Woodruff, DOC Employment Program Manager, DOC Reentry Unit – Office of the Secretary

·        Anna Neal, DOC Reentry Employment Coordinator, DOC Reentry Unit – Office of the Secretary

·        Janet Otte, Director of Human Resources, Senior Flexonics-GA Precision

·        Kirsten Nadolski, CNC Operator, Senior Flexonics-GA Precision

 

11:30 a.m.

12:00  a.m.

Break – Exhibit Area Open

12:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Lunch Activtes

   

Introduction of Plenary Speaker

   

Plenary Speaker – Thomas Frank

   

Resident Artist – Dasha Hamilton

1:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Passing Time – Exhibit Area Open

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions - Section Two

 

Session 2 - 5: Employer Best Practices Panel I

 

Room: Regency Ballroom A

 

Description: This panel presentation features three employers who have successfully incorporated inclusive practices in the workforce.  They will describe what innovative inclusive practices they have successfully implemented in their workplace, how they implemented the practices, and what the impacts have been.

 

Presenters:  

·        Monica Kummerfeldt, Recruiting Manager, The Greenheck Group

·        Bruce Carter, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Church Mutual Insurance Company 

·        John R Tribble, AVP-Chief Diversity Officer, Church Mutual Insurance Company

·        Danyelle Granger, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, SVP, Old National Bancorp

Session2 - 6: Diversifying Your Workforce – Insights for Inclusive Hiring

 

Room: Regency Ballroom B

 

Description: It’s one thing to increase your recruitment efforts, but it’s not the ONLY puzzle piece needed to successfully diversify your workforce.  What does your organizational puzzle pieces look like? This informative and interactive session will take you on a journey through discussing the importance of how having a culturally competent organization, intentional recruitment strategies, understanding unconscious bias during the interviews, and employee retention strategies are all needed pieces of the puzzle.

 

Presenters: 

·        Dawn Rentmeester, HR Generalist, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

·        Kris Kuhn, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Session 2 - 7: Challenges and Barriers Faced by People Returning to the Community after Incarceration

Room: Regency Ballroom D

Description: Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women exit America’s prison system.  In Wisconsin, within three years of release, 32 percent of these men and women are rearrested.  This panel will identify the daunting array of adversities, obstacles and barriers contributing to recidivism and suggest recommendations for policy changes to improve the likelihood of successful reentry into society.

Moderator: Steve Kuehl – Moderator, Economic Development and Wisconsin State Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

 

Presenters:

·        Mandy Potapenko, Director, Milwaukee Community Justice Council

·        Shanyeill McCloud, Executive Director, Clean Slate Wisconsin

·        Mia Lott, Employment Specialist, Benedict Center

·        Clarence Johnson, Associate Executive Director, Wisconsin Community Services

·        James Mathy, Housing Administrator, Milwaukee County Housing Division

Session 2  - 8: Partnering with High Schools to Develop a Youth Pipeline and Increase Diversity

 

Room: Regency Ballroom C

 

Description: This panel session will feature how one Milwaukee area company partnered with the largest school district in the state to provide opportunities to foster youth through work-based learning activities and promote diversity in high skill occupations.  Furthermore, through the use of the Inspire/K-12 Academic and Career Planning (ACP) platform, more opportunities can now be created by employers to sponsor minority youth in high demand fields.

 

Presenters:

·        Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Moderator, Career Pathways Consultant, WI Department of Public Instruction

·        Eric Radomski, Career and Technical Education Director, Milwaukee Public Schools

·        John Glynn, Area Manager, WE Energies

·        Melissa Palmen, M7 Economic Development Region

·        MPS High School Student

 

2:30 -2:45 p.m.                      Break

 

2:45-3:45 p.m.                      Concurrent Sessions - Section Three

 

Session 3 - 9: Access to Broadband as a Barrier to Inclusivity: The Digital Divide

 

Room: Regency Ballroom C

 

Description: This panel will focus on access to broadband as a barrier to inclusivity.  There will be a discussion on broadband and its link to WFD.

 

Presenters:

·        Tim Herwig, District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

·        Desiree Hatcher, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

·        Angie Dickison, Wisconsin State Broadband Director, Public Service Commission

Session 3 - 10: Community Equity

Room:  Regency Ballroom D

Description: This session will discuss a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion by defining: 1. What is Community Equity? 2. Why is it important? 3. How to leverage Diversity and inclusion in your organization's management plans, and 4. How to Implement the Dignity and Respect Campaign.

Presenters:

·        Tim Hanna, Mayor, City of Appleton

·        Karen Nelson, Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Mayor, City of Appleton

Session 3 - 11: Inclusion for Reentry-Success Story of Oakhill Correctional Institution Job Center

 

Room: Regency Ballroom B

 

Description:  In partnership, the Department of Workforce Development, Department of Corrections, and the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin have installed a Job Center at the Oakhill Correctional Facility. By increasing the awareness of an inclusive need for all in the workforce, the new Job Center at Oakhill Correctional Institution is giving the ability of those that are close to re-entering their communities with employment and training tools to be successful. Inmates receive case management, career counseling, job search, resume assistance, and attend workshops. They also set up their own account on Wisconsin's premier job board -- JobCenterofWisconsin.com.  Employers throughout the state are recognizing individuals that are reentering the workforce after being incarcerated are important to meet their workforce needs. Employers and partners will learn how this initiative helps eliminate barriers to this population for employment reasons.

 

Presenters:

·        Becky Kikkert, Director, Office of Special Initiatives, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

·        Ray Woodruff, Reentry Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

·        Seth Lentz, Deputy Director, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

·        Joe Ledger, Job Service WDA 10, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Session 3 - 12: Embracing Multiple Dimensions of Diversity and Inclusion

 

Room: Regency Ballroom A

 

Description: The discussion of diversity and inclusion (D and I) in business settings tends to follow two distinct directions—embracing D and I as a means to reach new external markets and customers via multicultural market strategy, and embracing D and I as a means to grow and improve a company’s internal workforce. In this breakout session, we will explore the intersection of these efforts, and how an effective business strategy must recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Presenters:

·        Angela Russell, Vice President, Diversity, Equity,  and Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group

·        Opal Tomashevska, Manager, Multicultural Business Strategy. CUNA Mutual Group

 

3:45-4:00 p.m.      Passing Time

 

4:00-5:00 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions – Section Four

 

Session 4 - 13: Using Labor Market Information for Decision Making-The Wisconsin Workforce: A look at the data and WisConomy.com. Your Source for Wisconsin Economic and Labor Market Information

 

Room: Regency Ballroom B

 

Description: Using labor market information, this session will portray the current and future state of Wisconsin's workforce.  The session will also include an overview of the labor data available and the data's characteristics and applications.  The WisConomy.com web portal used to access the data will be demonstrated.  This new and improved DWD economic and labor market information website will leave participants with the ability to compile workforce data simply and accurately to make evidence-based decisions as they assure an inclusive workforce.

 

Presenters:

·        Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Department of Workforce Development

·        Heather Thompson, LMI Section Chief, Department of  Workforce Development

·        Joe Jahenke, Webmaster, Department of Workforce Development

Session 4 – 14: Ready to Work: Understanding Immigrant Skills in the US to Build a Competitive Workforce

 

Room:  Regency Ballroom A

 

Description: Investing in human capital—workers’ education and skills—is key to building a productive workforce, supporting innovation, and fostering economic growth. As the United States strives to build a workforce that will maintain its economic competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace, the conversation about human capital must increasingly consider the unique characteristics of foreign-born workers, who currently represent one in every six workers.  This presentation will present a report prepared by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that details those unique attributes, including their socio-demographic characteristics, geographic distribution, and current education levels and training. To provide context, the analysis compares immigrant workers to categories of native-born workers. 

 

Presenters:

·        Darryl Morin, League of United Latin American Citizens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

·        Molly Hilligoss, Welcoming America

·        Alex Hitch, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Session 4 - 15: The Impact of Unconscious Bias and Micro-aggressions in Building Cohesive Teams

 

Room: Regency Ballroom C

 

Description: As businesses strive to compete in a dynamic market and economy, the ability to effectively harness skills and talents in an increasingly diverse workforce is crucial in creating a competitive advantage that ensures innovation and growth. Organizations must be able to facilitate healthy, productive relationships among employees in the workplace in order to construct a work environment that ensures safety, encourages authenticity, and maximizes the abilities and competencies of their employees.  To do this, organizations must understand the dynamics of their culture, specifically subtle unintentional comments and actions, such as micro-aggressions, that hinder the performance and motivations of diverse employees.

 

Presenter: Dr. Pam Her, Consultant, PHV Consulting

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

 

7:30 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast – Exhibit Area Open

8:20 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Morning  Speakers

   

Introduction of Plenary Speaker

   

Plenary Speaker – Dr. Edward Lee Vargas

   

Announcements

9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Passing Time – Exhibit Area Open

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions - Section Five

 

Session 5 - 16: Effective Community Collaborations in Madison

 

Room: Regency Ballroom A

 

Description:  Included in the presentation will be a review of the highly-successful economic development and inclusivity summit sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Madison Area Regional Economic Partnership (MadRep), and a discussion about the Madison Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Survey that was conducted in the MadRep region.

 

Presenters:

·        Gene P. Dalhoff, VP Talent & Education, Madison Region Economic Partnership

·        Ray Allen, Director of Workforce Development, Urban League of Greater Madison

 

Session 5 - 17: Eliminating Barriers to Inclusivity in the Workforce for Veterans and Those with Disabilities

 

Room: Regency Ballroom D

 

Description: A panel will present an overview of State programs to assist employers in hiring veterans and those with disabilities and eliminating barriers to employment that promote greater workplace inclusivity.  Included in the presentation will be a review of programs offered by the Wisconsin Office of Veterans Employment Services and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, both part of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 


Moderator: Ralph Illick, Director, Marathon County Public Library

Presenters:

·        Kurt Barikmo, Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

·        Gary Meyer, Director, Wisconsin Office of Veterans Employer Programs

 

Session 5 - 18: Minority Women Business Start Ups: A Story of Entrepreneurship

 

Room: Regency Ballroom C

 

Description: This panel will bring together four minority/women-owned businesses from the greater Milwaukee area who will discuss their personal stories and paths to prosperity. Looking through the lens of community and economic development with a specific focus on workforce development/enhancement, attendees will learn about the short- and long-term needs of new and up-start women/minority-owned businesses, especially the challenges that have confronted them in their journey.


Moderator:  Jason Keller, Economic Development Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Presenters:

·        Wendy Baumann, President/CVO, Wisconsin’s Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

·        Erica Herrera, Owner, EFH Trucking, LLC

·        Kate Hill, Owner, Heartland Information Research, Inc., and Dakonte

·        Bela Suresh Roongta, Owner, belabela

·        Angela Smith, Owner, Daddy’s Soul Food and Grille

Section 5 – 19 Employer Best Practices II

 

Room: Regency Ballroom C

 

Description: This panel presentation features three employers who have successfully incorporated inclusive practices in the workforce.  They will describe what innovative inclusive practices they have successfully implemented in their workplace, how they implemented the practices, and what the impacts have been.

 

Presenters:

·        Angela Russell, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group

·        Celia Shaughnessy, CHRO, Ascension Wisconsin

 

10:30-10:45 a.m. Passing Time

 

10:45-11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions – Section Six

 

Session 6 - 20: Connecting to Wisconsin's Workforce System to Strengthen Workplace Diversity

 

Room: Regency Ballroom D 

 

Description: The workforce system is comprised of both local and state entities, public, private and not-for-profit organizations.  Together, these pieces create an integrated structure that supports our workers, job-seekers, and employers.  Through cooperation, the workforce system, as a whole, supports a diverse and inclusive workforce for Wisconsin.  This session will feature a panel discussion that highlights the workforce system at a macro-level, providing insight as to how it promotes diversity with a special focus on hard to serve populations.  The panel will feature expertise in working with individuals with disabilities, different ethnic groups, individuals in non-traditional occupations, and ex-offenders reentering the workforce.  

Presenters:

·        Chytania Brown, Administrator, Division of Employment and Training, Department of Workforce Development

·        Caleb Frostman, Secretary, Department of Workforce Development

·        Willie Wade, President, CEO, Employ Milwaukee

·        Delora Newton, Administrator, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Workforce Development

·        Mark Reihl, Administrator, Unemployment Insurance, Department of Workforce Development

 

Session 6 - 21: Marathon County’s Martin Luther King Day

 

Room:  Regency Ballroom A

 

Description: Starting in 2018, Marathon County Government closed its non-emergency office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to facilitate an in-service day conducted on the UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Campus to educate County employees on diversity topics including implicit bias, communicating through an interpreter, multi-generational workforce, focusing on ability- not disability, and an introduction to the culture and history of the plain clothes people living in Marathon County.

 

Presenter: Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator, County of Marathon, WI

Session 6 - 22: Inclusion and Diversity in Wisconsin's Dairy Industry

 

Room: Regency Ballroom B

 

Description:  A panel discussion about the challenges being faced by dairy producers in meeting their workforce needs including: 1. How dairy producers have been relying on immigrant or migrant labor to help meet those needs; 2. The challenges involved in providing opportunities for immigrant and migrant labor; and 3. Perspectives on what steps producers are taking locally to be welcoming employers and encouraging their communities to be welcoming as well.

Moderator: John Holevoet,  Director of Government Affairs, Dairy Business Association

Presenters:

·        Deb Reinhart, Farmer, Gold Star Dairy Farms, Chilton, WI;

·        Brad Kauer, General Manager, Merry-Water Farms, Lake Geneva, WI;

·        Trisha Wagner, Farm Management Outreach Program Manager, UW Extension, Black River Falls, WI

 

11:45 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

Break – Exhibit Area Open

12:15 p.m.

12:55 p.m.

Lunch

12:55 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Activities

   

Performance – Dasha Hamilton

   

Next Step Facilitated Discussion

 

 

Introduction of Closing Speaker

   

Closing Remarks

   

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