QC2030 21st Century Workforce: 2nd Annual Quad Cities Lumina Stakeholder Convening

April 20, 2017 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

QC Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf at 2021 State Street in Bettendorf, IA

Join us for a day of conversation with area stakeholders working to shape the future of our region.

Nearly 200 people attended the inaugural Lumina Stakeholder Convening last April.

Participants represented area businesses, colleges, K-12 schools, social service organizations, and community leadership. As a group, they committed to working together to address the goal to raise post-secondary certification and degree completion rates of Quad Citizens to 60 percent by 2030.

Since then, we have gained tremendous traction in our bi-state coalition to reach that goal. We have also updated our name to QC2030 21st Century Workforce in accordance with our alignment with the Quad Cities Regional Action Plan.

This year’s event includes two nationally-recognized keynote speakers and ten focused breakout sessions to inspire our ongoing work to build a brighter future for area residents.

Registration is required, but there is no cost to attend. The deadline for registrations is April 13 Event sponsored by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

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8 a.m.                          Registration

8:30 a.m.                     Welcoming Remarks

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.           Keynote Address 'The Economic Value of Effective Workforce Development'

                                                Debra Lyons, ACT

10 - 10:45 a.m.            Executive Conversation with Jack Hess and Breakout Session I (Five Options, see below)

11 - 11:45 a.m.            Breakout Session II (Five options, see below)

12 - 1:30 p.m.             Lunch and Keynote Address 'Civic Engagement - Partnerships Matter'

                                                Jack Hess, CivicLab

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.           Optional Work Team Meetings

Morning Keynote Address

Debra Lyons is Principal Strategist, Workforce Engagement at ACT. In this role, she used her experience and entrepreneurial skills to successfully launch a new, national external engagement effort focused on workforce advancement. She also serves as Executive Director to the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, an organization of c-level business leaders who provide guidance to ACT on navigating the national workforce development landscape.

Lunch Keynote Address

Jack Hess is currently the Executive Director of CivicLab—an institute dedicated to advancing the practice of civic collaboration. CivicLab emerged from the Community Education Coalition in Columbus, Indiana, a nationally-recognized partnership of education, business, and community leaders focused on aligning and integrating the region's learning system with economic growth and a high quality of life. Mr. Hess has been awarded the Ernst & Young "Best New Venture Plan Award," as well as the "Outstanding Small Business Consultation Award."

Executive Conversation with Jack Hess (by invitation) and Breakout Session I from 10 - 10:45 a.m. (Five options):

            ‘Traversing Our Implicit Bias’

                        Diane Finnerty, Assistant Provost for Faculty, University of Iowa

             ‘What First Generation Students Wish They Knew’ 

                        Facilitated by Dave Carson, Trio Director, Scott Community College

             ‘Embarking on Being a Great Place to Work’

                        Facilitated by Greg Aguilar, Director of Talent Attraction & Retention, Quad Cities Chamber

             ‘Guiding Students and Families to FAFSA Completion’

                        Lupe Hernandez, Student Success Advisor, ACT

             ‘Let’s Cruise through Career Training Options’

                        Facilitated by Paula Arends, Director of Workforce Innovation, IowaWORKS of Eastern Iowa

Breakout Session II from 11-11:45 a.m. (Five options):

            ‘Spanning Generational Differences in Our Workforce’

                        Andrea Olsen, Pragmadik Consulting

             ‘Navigating The College Access and Completion Data to Target Solutions’ 

                        David Ford, Postsecondary Success Lead & General Education Consultant, Mississippi Bend Area 

                            Education Agency                                      

             ‘Mapping Out a Plan for College and Career Planning’

                        Tishly Herrington, Assistant Director for Admissions and Youth Outreach, Eastern Iowa

                            Community Colleges

             ‘Is the College Completion Journey Different for Minority Students?’

                        Lew Montgomery, Director of Community Engagement, ACT Center for Equity in Learning

             ‘Connecting Your Workforce to Training and College Credentials’

                        Paula Arends, Director of Workforce Innovation, IowaWORKS of Eastern Iowa

                        Jim Brattvet, Associate Director Economic Development, Eastern Iowa

                            Community Colleges

                        Jan Dolan, Operations Coordinator, IowaWORKS

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