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Join Us in Austin this November

November 8-10, 2017 | Hyatt Regency | Austin, TX

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 Connect, Stack, and Build to strengthen the nation’s employment base as we convene with workforce professionals, economic developers, educators, industry associations, employers, and ACT Work Ready Community leaders.

Connect with colleagues to share ideas on how to bring employers and job seekers together to grow your community.

Stackable credentials help develop and document the skilled workforce necessary to give communities a competitive advantage.

Build partnerships using the framework developed by ACT to help workforce and economic development groups create the skilled workforce employers need.

Registration Now Open

Register early and save money!

Early bird registration (through Aug. 22): $450
Regular registration (Aug. 23 – Oct. 17): $500
Cancellation deadline: October 17


We look forward to seeing you!

Featured Speakers

Check back as we add to our list of speakers!

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.

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ACT, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

The ACT Workforce Summit is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and is valid for 8.5 PDCs for the main conference and 2.25 PDCs for the pre-conference sessions.