Workforce, Work Supports and Employers

60 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226, USA, ,

November 6-8

Workforce, Work Supports and Employers

Choose from range of workshops exploring best practices related to workforce and work supports, and employer partnerships.

Track 1: Beginners
Track 2: More experienced
Track 3: Advanced

Thursday, November 7

02:15 - 03:30

What Works: A Case Study of Workforce Development and Work Supports in Community Based Organizations

This session will dive deep into  one case study to identify best practices related to workforce development and work supports.(Repeats 3:45-5:00.)

Moderator: Sarah Griffen, Consultant

Presenter: Carolyn D. Seward


Track: 1

Thursday, November 7

10:30 - 11:45

A New Approach to Career Pathways

We’ll examine how the  three strands of the WFSN approach can be mutually reinforcing in career pathways programs.


Moderator: Brandon Roberts, Working Poor Families Project
Presenter:  Yesenia Cervantes, Instituto del Progreso Latino
Presenter: Debby King, Phillips Community College

Track: 2

Thursday, November 7

10:30 - 11:45

Immigrants and the WFSN Strategy

Learn about approaches to workforce and benefits access that are uniquely helpful for immigrants, with special attention to immigration reform measures.

Moderator: Irene Lee, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Presenter: Amne Darwish Talab, ACCESS
Presenter: Marissa Guananja, CONNECT/ The Neighborhood Developers
Presenter: Veronica Sanchez Peavey, SER Metro Detroit

Track: 2

Thursday, November 7

02:15 - 03:30

Making a Difference in College With Benefits Access

This workshop presents what we’ve learned from the  Benefits Access for College Completion initiative about which benefits are most important for community college students and why. We’ll also take a look at financial aid products and approaches, such as “Aid Like a Paycheck.”


Moderator: Regina Stanback Stroud, President of Skyline College

Presenter: Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Center on Law and Social Policy

Presenter: Tiki Windley, North Carolina Benefits Bank
Presenter: Angela K. Johnson, Cuyahoga Community College
Presenter: Karen Mosely Lyon, Durham Technical Community College


Track: 2

Thursday, November 7

02:15 - 03:30

The WFSN Approach in State Policy and Programs

Learn about tested state-level strategies for aligning policy with  the WFSN approach.

Moderator: Dona Ponepinto, United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Presenter: Mike Leach, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges
Presenter: Tahirih Ziegler, LISC
PresenterIda Rademacher, Chief Program Officer, CFED

Track: 3

(Repeats Thursday, November 7, 3:45 – 5:00)

Friday, November 8

09:30 - 10:45

A WFSN Approach to Employer Work Supports

This session explores ways the WFSN approach can be integrated into employer work supports.

Moderator: Diane Bastian, Board Member, Achieving the Dream
Presenter: Karen Key, National Human Services Assembly
Presenter: Randy Osmun, The Source
Presenter: Nathan Salazar, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Presenter: Lisa Falcone United Way of Chittenden County, Vermont

Track: 3

(Repeats Friday, November 8, 11:00 – 12:15)