By all accounts, the MWA Raising the Bar 2018 Conference was a great success, providing more than 900 workforce and educational professionals an opportunity for networking and sharing innovative solutions for the Workforce Industry.
For the 2nd year in a row, Joseph Seymour, Corporate Training & Development Coordinator presented a workshop, The Art of 3-D Presentations: Develop, Design, Deliver. Providing insightful instruction on creating effective presentations that engage, educate, and empower, Joseph discussed the skills that can have an undeniable impact on meetings, orientations, trainings, and workshops.
John Hattery, Director, Strategic Partners, who also presented at the 2017 NAWB Forum, based his “fun and interactive” workshop, Saying the Hard Thing to Your Clients, Co-Workers, and Even Your Boss, on the premise that most workforce professionals came into this work to help people. However, when “helping” involves less-than-positive feedback, effective and positive communication skills are paramount.
A third KRA staff member, Program Manager, James LeBlanc, presented an exciting, informative, and interactive session, Success with Out-of-School Youth: Developing a New Generation of Leaders. James addressed the reality that our OSY population presents its fair share of challenges and barriers, and that effective outreach to young people must keep them connected and engaged, guiding and inspiring them to lead and succeed.
As a Maryland-based company, and the operator of multiple WIOA and TANF Programs across the State, KRA appreciates and applauds the MWA for affording workforce-development professionals, leaders, and stakeholders invaluable opportunities to network and to contribute to a collective industry objective—developing strategic solutions that support our State workforce-investment system and strengthen our Nation’s economy.