Governor Whitmer among impressive list of speakers at Workforce Pipeline Summit March 18


Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to be the primary keynote speaker at the Workforce Pipeline Summit being held on Monday, March 18 at Washtenaw Community College.

The event is being put on by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Other speakers include Raffaele Mautone (former CIO and VP at Duo Security); Pam Smith (United Way CEO); Mary Jo Callan (U-M Michigan Ginsberg Center director); Dr. Scott Menzel (Washtenaw Intermediate Schools superintendent); Michelle Ureste (Workforce Intelligence Network executive director); Melvin Parson (We The People Growers Association executive director); Teresa Gillotti (Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development director); Dr. Rose Bellanca (Washtenaw Community College president); Brandon Tucker (Washtenaw Community College dean); and Bill Manns (St. Joseph Mercy Hospital president).

The schedule of events:
7-8 a.m.:
Registration Check-in, Breakfast (included), Networking

Morning/Part of Afternoon (after lunch):
Awesome informational, 8-15 minute speed talks with Q&A to get awareness, thoughts, and long-term conversations started

Lunch (included) + Keynotes

Visioning Framework:
Introduction to the visioning methodology we will tap into for the afternoon group sessions

Afternoon Group Session:
Group-based, interactive, breakout discussions facilitated by subject matter experts where each group creates their vision of what we should look like as a community by the year 2030

4:30 pm: End of event

After The Event:
1) Steering committee compiles the actionable and measurable Master 2-, 5-, and 10-year Plan
2) Call for participants to join Working Groups
3) Working Groups take ownership of executing the Master 2-, 5-, and 10-year Plan

The Mission: Strengthen our local workforce/community by alleviating the short- and long-term pipeline shortage. We are committed to identifying, investing in, training, and shining a light on the available and willing hidden talent pool in our community.

Why attend? The workforce pipeline deficit is a community-wide problem that has massive ramifications for our long-term economic sustainability. We need businesses, educators, social organizations, and policy makers to join together with our community to help determine how we can look local, build local, and hire local talent for the diverse range of jobs we need filled. (This is Washtenaw focused but the goal is to expand this event to statewide).

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