Workforce and Small Business

Session 3
December 7-9, 2022
Workforce & Small Business
Join us virtually or
in person* at the Mayflower Hotel in
Washington D.C.
*limited seats available

Agenda


10:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Pre-session: Rural Works (invite only)

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM ET

Pre-session: Financial Opportunity Centers (invite only)

2:30 PM – 5:15 PM ET

Pre-session: RAC Meeting & Happy Hour (invite only)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ET

Seminar Opening: Cocktail Reception & Best Practice Sharing with a Twist

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM ET

Welcome

Emily Avery
Director of Alignment and Rural Financial Opportunity Centers, Rural LISC
Justin Burch
Director of Workforce & Small Business, Rural LISC
9:20 AM – 10:00 AM ET

Tablesetting: Trends & Research in Rural Workforce

Caitlin Cain
LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director
Lisa Glover
CEO, LISC
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM ET

Highlighting the Rural Works Community of Practice

Julianne Dunn
Program Officer Workforce & Small Business, Rual LISC
Hillary Boggs
Controller, Washington County Economic Alliance
Elizabeth Carico
Director of Workforce Development, People Inc. of Virginia
Pat Stovall-Lane
Executive Director, Workforce Development, Pathstone Corporation
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM ET

Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET

Launching the USDA Rural Partners Network

Justin Burch
Director of Workforce & Small Business, Rual LISC
Lee Jones
Executive Director, Rural Partners Network, USDA-RD
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Partnering with Regional Commissions

Justin Burch
Director of Workforce & Small Business, Rural LISC
Dr. Cory Wiggins
Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority
Emela Halilovic
Director of Business & Workforce Investment at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Keynote

Introduction by Lisa Glover
CEO, LISC
Diedra Henry-Spires
Senior Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Understanding Federal Policy Impact

Michelle Harati
Senior Program Officer for Policy, LISC
Matt Josephs
Senior Vice President, Policy, LISC
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM ET

Exploring the Role of Philanthropy in Workforce Development

Emily Avery
Director of Alignment and Rural Financial Opportunity Centers, Rural LISC
Allyson Knox
Senior Director of Education Policy, Microsoft
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM ET

Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Layering in Wealth Building into Workforce Development

Emily Avery
Director of Alignment and Rural Financial Opportunity Centers, Rural LISC
Joseph Ceasar
Founder & Executive Director, Legacy Institute for Financial Education (LIFE)
Santa Cruz
Program Director, Financial Opportunity Center, LIFE
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET

Engaging the Worker Voice

Julianne Dunn
Workforce Program Officer, Rural LISC
Sarah Miller
Principal Advisor, Atlanta Fed’s Ctr. for Workforce & Economic Opp
Drew Pack
Regional Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Samantha Evans
Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Awards Reception

Caitlin Cain
LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director
Matt Josephs
Senior Vice President, Policy, LISC
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM ET

Welcome Back

Caitlin Cain
LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM ET

Investing in Workforce Systems

Justin Burch
Director of Workforce & Small Business, Rural LISC
William (Bill) Turner
Chief Program Delivery Officer, Rework America Alliance (RAA)
Kristin Yeado
Program Officer, Ascendium Education Group
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM ET

Fireside Chat: Building Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Steve Hall
National Director, EOCF Initiative and Vice President of Small Business and Economic Development Lending, LISC
Donald “Don” R. Cravins, Jr.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Rethinking Small Business Support

William (Bill) Taft
Senior Vice President for Economic Development, LISC
Matthew Wagner, Ph.D.
Chief Program Officer, Main Street America
Matt Perkins
Program Director for the Safety & Justice, LISC
Nathan Ohle
President & CEO, International Economic Development Council
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM ET

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