WIOA Convening 2017

Supporting Tennessee's Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

TeamTN WIOA Convening

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development will host the 2017 WIOA Convening on October 2 - 4, 2017. This conference will provide continued support for Tennessee’s WIOA implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system.

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Location & Check In

Hotel arrangements should be made directly with Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or (615) 889-9300. Reservations must be received on or before Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m., EST. There is no cost to attend the convening, but online registration is now closed. Please note: Travel expenses are not covered.

This 3-day event is open to the general public, but content will be most beneficial for state and local leadership and those involved in day-to-day workforce development operations.


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Monday, October 2nd
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Registration Entrance of Grand Ballroom
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Welcome/Opening Remarks Nashville Ballroom
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm Teaming Up to WIN! Plenary Nashville Ballroom
  • 3:15pm – 4:15pm Evaluation as Practice: Using Evidence to Serve Workforce Customers Better Plenary Nashville Ballroom
  • 4:15pm – 5:15pm OneTouch Communication Plenary Nashville Ballroom
Tuesday, October 3rd
  • 7:30am – 8:00am Check-In/Networking Nashville Ballroom
  • 8:15am – 9:00am Building Transformational Relationships with Business & Industry Plenary Nashville Ballroom
  • 9:15am – 10:00am Breakout Sessions
    • Making the Connection: Leveraging Partner Resources   Salon C
    • The Power of Value Propositions: A Consultative Approach to Engagement   Salon AB
    • Aligning Education, Training, and Support Services for Youth   Salon GH
    • Creating a Fiscally Accountable Local Workforce Board   Salon F
  • 10:15am – 11:00am Breakout Sessions
    • Creating the 2 Generational Approach for Tennessee   Salon C
    • Apprenticeship as a Workforce Development Strategy   Salon AB
    • A BRAND New Day   Salon F
    • Cultivating Partnerships, Designing the Community Blueprint & Impacting Communities   Salon GH
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions
    • Tennessee Performance: Mastering WIOA Reporting   Salon C
    • Coordinating Workforce Services for Tennessee’s Veterans   Salon AB
    • Creating Innovative Service Models to Support Priority Population (SNAP & TANF)   Salon GH
    • Cultivating Success for High Performing Workforce Boards   Salon F
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch Cumberland Ballroom
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm Featured Speaker Cumberland Ballroom
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm Breakout Session
    • WIOA & Unemployment Insurance   Salon F
    • Engaging Business: How to Sharpen our Tools   Salon GH
    • Collaborating to Help Youth & Adults with Disabilities Achieve their Goals   Salon AB
    • Strategic Workforce Board Leadership   Salon F
  • 3:00pm – 3:45pm Breakout Session
    • Continuing Success through Monitoring   Salon C
    • Cultivating Successful Business Partnerships   Salon AB
    • Creating a Continuum of Success from Education to Career   Salon F
    • Creating Innovative Service Models to Support Priority Population (Re-entry)   Salon GH
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm Workforce Leadership: Moving Forward Together Plenary Nashville Ballroom
Wednesday, October 4th
  • 7:30am – 8:00am Check-In/Networking
  • 8:15am – 8:45am Workforce Wrap-up Plenary Nashville Ballroom
  • 8:45am – 9:45am Speaker Nashville Ballroom
  • 10:00am – 11:30am Featured Speaker: Creating a Culture of Collaboration Nashville Ballroom
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm Closing Nashville Ballroom
Featured Speakers

Alex Salkever


Author of

The Immigrant Exodus
The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future 
A 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year
Nature Magazine “Best Science Pick"

Business U

Website http://www.business-u.net/   @MaximizeB2B   Blog

Derek Young | Motivational Speaker and Trainer


Session Tracks

Join 200 key state and local system professionals who will attend pre-conferences, plenaries, and workshops delivered by subject matter experts in four different WIOA-related tracks :

  1. The Financial and Grants Management sessions are a key resource for partners programs and grant recipients who seek to learn more about managing grants under WIOA and will cover topics from one-stop infrastructure costs to one-stop operator competition to the Uniform Guidance. Through the use of open dialog and panel discussions, attendees will leave with a better understanding of and resources to implement the WIOA regulations and the uniform guidance as the reach out to serve customers and employers.
  2. Business Engagement is the cornerstone to successfully preparing a skilled workforce. This track will touch on the need to use and understand real-time labor market data, how to define “in-demand” jobs, and how to develop networks and long-term relationships with businesses so as to engage them with approaches like career pathways, industry/sector strategies, and work-based learning opportunities, including: On-the-Job Training, Registered Apprenticeship, Incumbent Worker Training, Customized Training, and more.
  3. The sessions within the One-Stop Operations/Integrated Services track will build capacity for integrated services by focusing on the partnership development and service design that goes on behind the scenes to best serve our customers. Sessions will cover American Job Center requirements and timelines, American Job Center operations, building partnerships and the challenges of designing services across multiple programs. The will also focus on how the Tennessee workforce system must operate as a comprehensive, integrated, and streamlined system that provides pathways to our customers and continuously improves the quality and performance of its services. Attendees will walk away with information on how to better integrate delivery of services to targeted populations, regardless of the funding stream.
  4. Strategic Governance is crucial for building a world-class workforce system that ensures that businesses can connect to a well-trained skilled workforce. The Strategic Governance track will provide system stakeholders with ideas and tools to better understand what the law and regulations require and translate them to engineering real and measurable change at the community, regional, and state levels. Sessions will emphasize how workforce boards and system partners can engage and be empowered to pursue effective strategy-setting within a regional economy with the objective of well aligned services for jobseekers and business.

Participants will walk away with a thorough understanding that:

  • The regulations are the framework for the progress and change that we can make as a combined system.
  • Program integration is not only a critical component of WIOA but a best practice for serving our customers.
  • Designing and delivering services for those customers—job seekers and businesses alike—should be the foundation for accountability.