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Join Us in New Orleans this October

October 8-10, 2018 | Hyatt Regency | New Orleans, LA

ACT is committed to a workforce built to sustain and grow our economy by providing the tools and support needed to develop the workforce employers want. This year’s ACT Workforce Summit will bring together workforce professionals, economic developers, educators, industry associations, employers, and ACT Work Ready Community to strengthen the nation’s employment base.

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Call for Proposals

The 2018 ACT Workforce Summit, Unmasking the Potential, will assemble the best of workforce
development to reveal how vibrant partnerships grow communities and sustain a robust workforce.

Be a part of the transformation by sharing stories and best practices that are sure to leave all attendees
inspired and ready to unmask the potential within their respective regions.

Submissions due June 8, 2018.

“At the (2017) summit, people were taking notes, recommending resources, exchanging cards and asking one another tough questions. It was such an amazing, energizing work environment.”  Jane Oates, Executive Committee, Working Nation; Former US Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor

Featured Speakers from Workforce Summit 2017

Jay Nixon

Partner, Dowd Bennett LLP

As Governor, Jay Nixon made education and workforce development top priorities, and made sure that Missouri workers had the skills they needed to compete for the best jobs in the global economy. In 2012, Missouri was selected as one of the first four states to participate in the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative. And in 2013, Jasper County, Missouri became the first in the nation to become a certified work ready community. At the conclusion of Governor Nixon’s tenure, Missouri had 81 counties actively participating, and 36 fully certified counties.


Zach Pousman

Principal, Helpfully

Zach Pousman has built a career pursuing tomorrow’s best ideas. Zach is the Principal at Helpfully, a consultancy that empowers companies to prototype and launch artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable, web and mobile tools. The World Economic Forum reports the next four years will see societies replace five million jobs with artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. How will people get along in a world full of ever-smarter technologies? In an engaging talk full of examples and lessons we can use today, Zach will describe what’s going to change, and what will stay the same, as we enter this new world together.

Katrina Gilbert

Katrina Gilbert is featured in the award winning HBO documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert.” Filmed over the course of one year in Chattanooga, Tenn., the film follows Katrina, a then 30-year-old mother of three, who works as a certified nursing assistant in an extended-care facility while striving to address her own health-care issues. Overworked, underpaid, uninsured and lacking support, she chooses daily between purchasing her own medication and paying for the needs of her three children, which often leaves her struggling to make ends meet. Katrina’s story is the story of 42 million women and the 28 million children that depend on them. Since the documentary’s release in 2014, Katrina has traveled across the country to share her story and help raise awareness of the issues of parents who are working to escape poverty.