New York's economy has been reshaped and the future ahead depends on our innovation. Join the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals and NYS Economic Development Council for a virtual event, Forward Together: Fueling New York's Economic Engine, aimed at informing, inspiring and connecting you to national best practices, regional shifts and local collaborators for economic and workforce solutions. 

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October 27th (12:30PM - 4:30PM) and October 28th (9:00AM - 2:00PM)

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Discounts can be used on early bird and standard registration rates.


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Don’t miss the premier conference in New York for workforce development. Join us to share how your tools and services could benefit the system; and to meet those on the cutting edge of workforce in NY.



Early Bird (Register by September 25th) - $295

Registrations after September 25th - $325

Workshop Sponsor - includes one registration - $1,000

Virtual Exhibitor - includes one registration -  $700




October 27
12:30PM - 4:30PM

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Welcome & Overview

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Plenary

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM - Break

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM - Workshops

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - Happy Hour Activity


October 28

9:00AM - 2:00PM

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Panel Discussion

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Workshops

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM - Raffle Prizes

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM - Lunch Break

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM - State of the Workforce

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM - Wrap Up


Leadership Event (Invitation Only)
3:00PM -  4:00PM


 Sneak Peak at some of the plenaries and workshops that you won’t want to miss:

The Road Ahead for Sectors Most Impacted by COVID-19

Top leaders in tourism, hospitality and the retail industry will come together for a panel discussion on the key issues they are experiencing, how they are implementing sustainable practices to survive the impact on the industry, and what the road ahead will look like. 


Presented by: Leola Edelin, General Manager, Renaissance Hotel, Albany;  Beth Rivera, Head of Human Resources, Uncommon Goods; and Jessica Woodson, Director of Human Resources,  Bonura Hospitality*

*invited - Subject to change

Building Back Better: Focusing on Job Quality

Join this dynamic panel of experts as they discuss critical steps needed to ensure that placement, training and coaching needs of employers are being met and that workers are properly trained to ensure that the right workers are aligned with the right jobs. The session will kick off with  a presentation by Janice Urbanik from the National Fund for Workforce, who will discuss driving practices, policies and investments that enable workers to succeed in quality jobs, and will be followed by a reaction panel to share their knowledge on how to develop a skilled workforce that will lead to quality jobs and build more prosperous communities.


Presented by: Janice Urbanik, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Rick Plympton, Optimax, Edgar Romney, Regional Director  Amalgamated Bank*, Robert Simpson, CenterStateCEO, Mandy Townsend, VP Employer Engagement at JVS Boston 

*invited - Subject to change 

The Creative Economy: Striving To Turn New Challenges Into Future Opportunities

New reports estimate losses of 2.7 million jobs and more than $150bn in sales of goods and services for creative industries nationwide amid the current crisis.  It is necessary to look at how the creative industries operate and the existing policies directed toward them.  Culture and creativity are one of the key sectors that drive regional economies. Hear from a panel of leaders in the Music, Film, Theatre, Arts and Entertainment field to gain insight into the resources needed to develop collaborative projects and inclusive programs that will enhance skills and result in an innovative product. 


Presented by: Sonia Clark, Executive Director, Art Park; Tim Clark, Buffalo/Niagara Film Commission*; Jeremy Hoyle, Production Manager, Strictly Hip/ Tralf Music Hall/ Entertainment Services Int’l; Albert Nociolino, President and CEO, NAC Entertainment Ltd.*; Tim “Quake” Mark, Production Manager, Stone Temple Pilots and Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators/ FOH Engineer; John Scardino, Regional Representative, Local 52 Motion Picture Studio Mechanics*     

*invited - Subject to change

Pathways for Career Change: Transitioning from Hospitality to Healthcare Jobs- Transportable skills and lifeboat jobs

Service workers possess many baseline skills that are transportable across a wide range of industry sectors and organizational structures. These transportable skills can allow workers to build bridges to new roles and industries such as health care. These skills are broader and more difficult to measure than technical skills, causing them to be undervalued in many job postings. The Federal Reserve of Atlanta will show how O'NET's descriptors for workplace activities measure transportable skills across industries and create new pathways to jobs.


Presented by: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta*

Sarah Miller and Pearse Haley, Community and Economic Development   

*invited - Subject to change 

Delivering Workforce Services in a New Remote Climate

With the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, workforce services are critical now more than ever. Organizations have had to dig deep into their innovation reserves to figure out the best ways to continue delivering high-quality career services through new platforms and delivery models. Innovation is second nature at Grant Associates. We’ve been aggressively building out our resources to provide workshops, training, and skill-building remotely.  Join us to learn how we’ve converted out training to virtual content using an open-source learning management system. We’ll also share best practices and lessons learned for remote delivery of career advisement, online resume development, job matching, and remote interviewing to name a few. These helpful resources will enable your staff to maintain the continuity of services whether in a physical office or working remotely. With so much uncertainty around what the pandemic will mean for our work routines over the next year or more, your team’s ability to provide services beyond brick and mortar is critical.


Presented by: Grant Associates

Chris Bernhardt, SVP of Training and Ruth Junior, Program Director

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