KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Julie Gaver

THURSDAY OPENING KEYNOTE:
How to Work the Zoom: Finding Connection and Camaraderie in a Digital World

Working the room may not be permitted during COVID times but as workforce professionals, we can still connect with others in a meaningful and impactful way. During this session you will learn tips and tricks for adapting the  basic principles of networking to the digital world. How can we make a good impression? How can we make others feel included? Through some fun, interactive activities you'll be networking in your old, familiar way with everything except that handshake!

 

THURSDAY CLOSING KEYNOTE:
Everyday Magic: Finding Joy, Avoiding Burnout, and Becoming Your Own Self-Care Advocate

During this fun and lively presentation you will learn tools and strategies for reducing stress and remembering that the little things end up being the BIGGEST blessings during times of change and transition. Laughter is surely good medicine so get ready as Julie serves up her unique brand of storytelling to deliver exactly what the doctor ordered!

Julie Gaver

Whether she’s the “Sage on the Stage” or the “Guide on the Side” Julie Gaver has been serving up her own unique brand of inspiration nation-wide for over 30 years. From her training debut as a Dale Carnegie Instructor to currently celebrating 25 years as an entrepreneurial speaker, corporate trainer and coach, Julie is well known for her high energy presentations and ability to connect with audiences in a memorable way. A master storyteller, Julie uses a witty blend of theatrics and experience to make learning fun!

Julie is the author of the three-part women’s book series Must Love Shoes and challenges her readers to see the meaning, lesson, and humor in life. The launch of her books stimulated such interest that Julie ultimately created a niche market designed for women which encompasses personal and professional development opportunities, domestic and international retreats, book club discussions, and unique social events designed to bring women together for fun, learning and camaraderie.  At her 80 acre property, Meadow Branch Farm, Julie offers relaxing day retreat and training opportunities for small groups in the corporate and nonprofit sector.

She is the proud founder and director of “Soles of Love in the Garden” a passion project which collects and distributes new shoes and winter boots to local children in need.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Sherry Hsi & Jason Huang

AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE:
How Your Organization can Learn from Taiwan's Responsive Measures & Strategies to Post-Pandemic Workforce Development

As an international leader in workforce development, Taiwan has adopted innovative strategies to prepare for workforce development after the pandemic.

Sherry Hsi and Jason Huang, a long time member of IAWP will provide insight that will be useful to you and your organization, especially as you prepare for workforce development after the pandemic.

Sherry Hsi

Sherry Hsi works as a specialist with the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), Ministry of Labor in Taiwan. During her career life with WDA, Sherry held positions in training and development, employment services, and promotion of international cooperation.

Sherry is currently the contact person for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) international affairs of the Agency. She also takes charge of the international exchanges and cooperation between the Agency and other regions. She began to manage a project in the time of the pandemic, which helps identify new media skills for responding to the labor market needs, as well as explore a wider range of career pathways for women.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Greg Wilson

FRIDAY OPENING KEYNOTE:
Now & Later: Understanding the Present to Plan for the Future of Workforce Development

COVID-19 has upended every aspect of our personal and professional lives. The global pandemic has severely impacted workers, employers, and our economy. Despite these challenges workforce development professionals have served their states and communities to support workers and help individuals weather the current challenges.  

This session will help workforce development professionals to understand the current economic and labor market situation and also consider the long-term impacts and changes that may be ushered in by the pandemic. The goal of this keynote address will be to arm workforce professionals with the data, context, and strategies to help with economic recovery efforts and prepare for the future of workforce development.

After Greg's keynote, join your colleagues in facilitated discussion groups to talk and learn from your colleagues about what this information means for you, your role, and your customers.  Also, develop some strategies on how to start using this information immediately back at your workplace.

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson is the Workforce Development and Economic Analysis Unit Manager at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He leads the Institute’s workforce development and economic development technical assistance program. He assists state agencies, local workforce development boards, economic development organizations, and educational institutions with workforce development, economic development, and public engagement projects. He focuses on data analysis, program implementation, meeting facilitation, decision support, and strategic planning. Wilson helps communities and organizations use labor market, census, and education data to make decisions.

Mr. Wilson served as the lead analyst and author of the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative report, which detailed high-demand occupations and skills in key Georgia industries. He has taught workforce development at state, regional, and national conferences. Prior to joining the Institute of Government, he served as a financial management analyst for the Office of Naval Intelligence. He has a BA in Political Science and International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Georgia.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Mikell Fryer

FRIDAY CLOSING KEYNOTE:
A Personal Look at Leadership

Have you ever wondered why being in leadership positions at home, work, church, or even in your local community groups are so tough?

Then you want to attend Mikell’s dynamic and interactive presentation: A Personal Look at Leadership.

Where Mikell share many helpful leadership tips he learned from his career in the Military, State Government, and currently as a Business Owner/Entrepreneur.

In his dynamic presentation, Mikell share some fatal errors leaders make along with some common traits of successful leaders. He also shares some helpful insight on how successful leaders communicate and get the best out of people. The leadership tips and personal stories Mikell provide in A Personal Look at Leadership can help anyone become a better Leader right where you are.

Mikell Fryer

Mikell Fryer is current Owner of Fryer’s Independent Consulting LLC, a U.S. Army Veteran, and former District 1 Regional Director for the Georgia Department of Labor.  As Regional Director of Georgia’s largest Region, Mikell managed ten Georgia Department of Labor American Job Centers, two satellite Offices, and a Workforce Investment Area with over 200 employees providing employment, unemployment, Workforce Investment training, and support services to citizens in 30 Georgia counties, Russell County in Alabama, and Leon County in Tallahassee Florida.

Mikell has served on many national, state, and local boards and has received numerous awards and recognition to include: Special Congressional Service Awards from Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop and Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson.  Mikell has been awarded Georgia’s Supervisor and Manager of the Year by the Georgia Labor Commissioner.  The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Mikell the Small Minority Business Champion of the Year award for Georgia and eight southeastern states. Mikell has been awarded the Public Service Award by the Georgia Rehabilitation Association and Mikell was recognized by the Greater Columbus Minority Chamber as one of Columbus, Georgia Top 20 Men of Influence and he became their first Hall of Fame inductee.

Mikell is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Economic Development Course and the University of Georgia's Executive Commitment to Excellence in Leadership Program. Mikell holds an Associate degree in Management from the University of Maryland in College Park, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration where he graduated (magna cum laude), and an MBA in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University.

Mikell served as the 2015 IAWP International President where he hosted the 2015 IAWP Workforce Conference in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.  He is a Lifetime member of IAWP and a graduate of the IAWP WPDP training program. Mikell is a leader who enjoy helping others grow and he really believes that leaders are the right people, doing the right thing, for the right reason.

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IAWP is proud to host Workforce360.  Also known as the International Association of Workforce Professionals, IAWP, strengthens the workforce system by developing, educating, and connecting workforce development professionals.

Become a member and learn more about the benefits of IAWP for you and your organization at www.iawponline.org or email info@iawponline.org.

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