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July 8, Washington, DC - Paving the Way for Work: Part-Time Workers and Policies to Help Them
New America will hold a discussion in Washington, DC on how to spur job creation for part-time workers. Participants will include Erica Groshen, the Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Byron Auguste, managing director of Opportunity@Work.

June 22-26, Louisville, KY - National Leadership and Skills Conference
SkillsUSA’s annual conference showcases CTE students from across the country. More than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners are expected to attend. Some 6,000 CTE state contest winners will participate in the culminating SkillsUSA championships, competing against the clock and each other to complete projects in 100 different hands-on trade and technical areas, including electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and the culinary arts.

February 15, 2015 - National CTE Letter Signing Day (National Coalition of Certification Centers)
BE A PART OF THIS HISTORICAL EVENT. All participating schools will stream the event from their campus. Don't miss your chance to see it as it's happening!

February 26, 2015 - Opportunity Summit (Washington, DC)
Unite a bipartisan, cross-sector group of business leaders, nonprofits, elected officials, and young people around the urgent crisis of youth unemployment and its impact on opportunity in America. Utilize the registration code: ONSUMMIT15.

March 2-3, 2015 - ACTE Policy Seminar (Arlington, VA)
Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill. Voice your issues and policy priorities.

March 4, 2015 - Ideagen Empowering Women Summit at the United Nations (Washington, DC)
Collective action starts with leadership. Ideagen was formed to create a zero-degree platform to catalyze cross-sector collaboration. We acknowledge and embody the theory that there are no more than six degrees of separation between individuals. Ideagen is an independent backbone for collaboration with a centralized infrastructure, dedicated staff and leadership, and a structured process that links influential business, government, nonprofit and public leaders in an open platform.

March 28 - 31, 2015 - National Association Workforce Boards (NAWB) (Washington, DC)
workforce development professionals and leaders in business, government, labor, and education gather to discuss the current state of our nation's workforce system and consider the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital development. The IWNC will host a demonstration to enable attendees at the NAWB Forum to explore, experience and learn about career opportunities within different industry sectors. The intended outcome of the demonstration area is for workforce leaders to gain a better understanding of the knowledge and skills required to enter a advance a career pathway within and between industries.

March 31, 2015 - IWNC Business Meeting - In conjunction with NAWB (Washington, DC)
specific meeting details distributed soon

May 28 - 29, 2015 - Southwest Pathways Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
The Global Pathways Institute is working with Innovate+Educate to engage education, business leaders and policymakers from the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. The IWNC has been engaged in the conversations for all of these convening and provides guidance as appropriate. Information on the conference agenda and registration will be online within the next few weeks. 


The National Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning Conference: May 21, 2014, Charlotte, NC
The conference will highlight best practices in apprenticeships, internships and co-ops, as well as share strategies and "how to" information on implementation.

Ideagen Summit: June 19, 2014
A platform that serves as a catalyst for establishing a continuing dialogue for high-level, cross-sector collaboration on workforce development.

NC3 Annual Leadership Summit: July 16-17, 2014
National Coalition Certification Center annual gathering of educational and industry leaders.

EdNET 2014: September 28-30, 2014
The education industry's networking event that gives you opportunities to exchange ideas and discuss market trends with industry stakeholders while forging new business relationships through productive networking.

NASDCTEc Fall Meeting: October 20-22, 2014
Professional development opportunities and timely issues that impact CTE. The Objective is to provide members and other advocates with the knowledge and tools to best serve their roles as leaders in the CTE community.

The Close It Summit, October 27-28, 2014
This Summit is a national call to action for industry, education, workforce, government, youth innovators, foundations and social impact organizations actively engaged in creating new pathways from education to employment. Building on key takeaways and attendee surveys from 2013, Close It is focusing on four key issues critical to jobs and employability in the U.S. - youth and veteran employment, skills, training and credentials and STEM pathways to jobs.

ACTE CareerTech Vision 2014: November 19-22, 2014
The largest annual event for career and technical education professional development.

Apprenticeship & Workplace Learning Conference (Siemens): March 12, 2014, Charlotte, NC
IWNC will be in attendance and will participate. Conference Agenda

NAWB Forum: March 29 - April 1, 2014, Washington, DC
IWNC Session - Alignment Growth Index

NASDCTEc Spring Meeting: April 1-3, 2014, Washington, DC

USA Science & Engineering Festival (Lockheed Martin): April 24-27, 2014, Washington, DC
IWNC booth and presentation


National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education: Fall Meeting: October 21-23, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland
Professional development opportunities and timely issues that impact CTE. The Objective is to provide members and other advocates with the knowledge and tools to best serve their roles as leaders in the CTE community.

Closing the Gap: November 5-7, 2013, Washington, DC
Presented by Innovate+Educate and other collaborative partners. The IWNC is an organizing partner and part of the planning committee for this national summit that will bring together business and education leaders, workforce and youth development innovators, social impact organizations and policy experts actively engaged in creating new talent pathways to close the skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide.

Association for Career and Technical Education: CareerTech Vision 2013: December 5-7, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada
The IWNC will be presenting sessions during the largest gathering of educators and business leaders focused on career and technical education.

Session Panelists (from left) Warren Lupson, Director of Education, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute; Greg Josefchuk, Strategic Programs Leader, Trane; Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, Director of Corporate Philanthropy & Community Affairs, MGM Resorts International; Charley Cohen, Sustainability Education Director, Siemens Infratructure & Citiies, Building Technologies Division.
IWNC Chair Timm Boettcher, CEO, Realityworks, Inc.  moderates the discussion by industry leaders on how their companies are working with education to meet current and future workforce needs.

Best Practices and Innovation Conference: September 25-27, 2013, San Diego, California
Sponsored by the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Council of Local Administrators. Keynote speakers include Nick Pinchuk, CEO, Snap-on, Inc.; Brian Mull, Director of Innovation, November Learning; William Symonds, co-author, Pathways to Prosperity; Kim Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of CTE.

Industry Workforce Council: National Leadership Forum: September 18, 2013, Washington, DC
Annual gathering of industry and education leaders to engage in a dialogue on challenges and opportunities to educate a knowledgeable and skilled workforce. The focus for the 2013 forum is "if given the opportunity to start from scratch, how should the education and workforce development system be designed and funded and who is responsible?" Information and registration will be on the IWNC website shortly.

US Department of Labor Business Services Summit: Taking Care of Business 2: May 8-10, 2013, Washington, DC
IWNC Chair Timm Boettcher presented a session focused on strategies for business and industry engagement:

   - USDOL Strategies for Business and Industry Engagement

Timm also participated in the closing plenary session and talked about the mission and objectives of the Industry Workforce Needs Council:

   - USDOL Plenary Session

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education: Career Clusters Institute: June 9-12, 2013, Ft. Worth, Texas
Annual gathering of CTE practitioners, leaders and partners convene to exchange ideas and learn from model CTE programs from across the nation. See more here.

ACTE National Policy Seminar: March 4-6, 2013, Washington, DC
The Industry Workforce Needs Council will join ACTE and its members for an event designed to help connect the CTE community with members of Congress to create awareness of the value the CTE provides to education, business, and the country. Activities include educational sessions, hill visits, and an IWNC business meeting.

Creating Pathways to Prosperity: A Direction-Setting Conference at Harvard University: March 18 and 19, 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Timm Boettcher of Realityworks will represent the IWNC as the conference aimed at defining a broad-based Pathways to Prosperity agenda based on Harvard's 2011 report calling for more robust systems of school-to-career pathways.