April 27-28, 2018 | New York, NY


Technology is fueling our nation’s rapid economic change and causing the biggest workforce transition since the Industrial Revolution. This shift has brought forth economic opportunity for those who have access to the knowledge and tools needed to build and transform their skillsets to compete in the present and future labor market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total labor force increased by 16.6 million during the 2000–2016 period, with Latinos accounting for nearly two-thirds of the increase, estimated at 10.1 million. With Latinos representing the second largest population group in the nation, the economic success of Latinos in the workforce is intricately tied to the economic prosperity of the United States. The decisions made today by policymakers about how to best prepare and equip the Latino workforce will result in long lasting economic effects.

The NALEO National Policy Institute on Workforce Development provided Latino policymakers with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around current workforce issues and discuss various approaches to strengthen their jurisdictions’ workforce development. This two-day convening brought together Latino policymakers from throughout the nation to acquire tools to help them leverage innovative and successful workforce development policies and best practices to drive economic success in the labor market for their constituents, communities, and regions.

The Institute’s curriculum covered:

  • Preparing Latinos for the workforce of tomorrow and national workforce trends
  • Leveraging opportunities in the digital economy
  • Integrated reentry and employment strategies to strengthen job readiness
  • Turning job skills into careers
  • Industry sector strategies:

• Healthcare
• Energy
• Manufacturing
• Service

Participants strengthened their governance skills to support effective leadership, received timely information, learned best practices, exchanged policies and ideas around effective ways to address pressing workforce development issues, and had the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country.


Investor Sponsor

American Petroleum Institute (API)

Bank of America


JPMorgan Chase & Co.



  • Friday, April 27
  • Saturday, April 28

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Studio Foyer & Studio Room 3-4, Concourse Level 

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level

Welcome Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level

Session I:


Preparing Latinos for the Workforce of Tomorrow: National Workforce Trends

Unprecedented transformations in our national workforce and economy are causing robust growth and opportunities in various industry sectors. With Latinos making up 17 percent of the total U.S. workforce and projected to represent nearly one-fifth of the labor force by 2024, it is imperative that Latinos are equipped with marketable skills that match up to the needs of the economy and are career-ready to seize opportunities in the labor market. An understanding of national workforce trends is a valuable tool to strategize how resources should be allocated to support job training and workforce development for Latinos to meet the workforce demands of the nation. This session provided policymakers with a federal update to explore policy opportunities that support workforce development initiatives in communities and an awareness of national workforce development projections for various industry sectors across the nation.

• Ms. Lisa K. Boily, Senior Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

• Mr. José Torres, Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

• Ms. Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling Policy, National Skills Coalition (NSC)

• Hon. Nick DePorter, Senior U.S. Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager, LinkedIn; Councilmember, Town of Fountain Hills, Arizona
AUDIO | Resource: 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level

Session II:


The Transformative Power of Technology: Leveraging Opportunities in the Digital Economy

Technological advances have ushered in the era of digital economies, an era that relies on the internet and data to conduct economic activity. The digital economy is transforming workforce industries while giving rise to completely new ones. Innovative partnerships between policymakers and key stakeholders will ensure that Latinos have the opportunity to participate and succeed in the new digital economy. In this session, policymakers explored how advanced technologies will continue to shape our digital economy, potential workforce implications for our communities, and effective workforce development strategies.

• Mr. Mark Muro, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
PRESENTATION | AUDIO | Resources: 1 | 2

• Mr. Brian Woolfolk, Founding Executive Director, Full Color Future

• Hon. Ron Painter, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Studio Room 3-4, Concourse Level

Luncheon Program


Census 2020 – Make It Count!

PRESENTATION | Resources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level

Session III:


Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Strengthening Job Readiness

Particularly vulnerable to the dynamics and changes rooted in the new economy are formerly incarcerated people who face a different set of barriers to obtaining employment. Research has demonstrated that employment reduces rates of recidivism among those who have served their time while placing them on paths towards social mobility. In this session, policymakers explored innovative integrated workforce strategies that prepare formerly incarcerated individuals to succeed in the labor market and help them make long lasting contributions to society.

• Ms. Sherri Moses, Policy Analyst, Reentry and Employment Program, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
PRESENTATION | AUDIO | Resources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

• Mr. Sam Schaeffer, Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level

Session IV:


The Future of Job Training: Turning Job Skills into Careers

The jobs of today require new skills, and these skills are changing rapidly in order to adapt to transforming markets and sectors. As a result, traditional job training models are continually evolving to equip individuals with skillsets that are in demand in the new economy. To ensure Latinos have access to in-demand jobs, policymakers along with key stakeholders can work collaboratively to prepare and propel Latinos in the labor market. In this session, policymakers explored innovative policies and market-based training models that are providing individuals with workplace readiness skills to thrive in a period of profound economic transformation.

• Mr. Matthew Sigelman, Chief Executive Officer, Burning Glass Technologies
PRESENTATION | AUDIO | Resources: 1 | 2 | 3

• Mr. Thomas Hooper, Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

5:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level


5:05 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Studio Room 1-2, Concourse Level

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wall and Water, Second Floor

Opening Reception

American Petroleum Institute (API)
Bank of America
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Opening Reception Patrons:
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Boehringer Ingelheim

Sponsor Resources: 1 | 2 | 3