Growing Connecticut’s workforce requires deep partnerships among industry, education, government, and nonprofits to expand career pathways and attract a more diverse talent base.
It also requires the removal of barriers to employment that keep people out of the workforce, such as the lack of affordable childcare, housing, and education and training opportunities.
The 2024 Connecticut Workforce Summit features key stakeholders from business, education, community-based organizations, and the public sector working together to build a skilled workforce that meets our economy’s growing needs.
This year’s summit focuses on discovering hidden talent, developing a more diverse and inclusive Connecticut workforce that meets employer demands, uplifts historically underserved communities, and creates a more robust economy.
Rockwell Automation chair and CEO Blake Moret is the keynote speaker, sharing his passion for workforce development and the strategies and tactics the Milwaukee-based global technology leader implements to create a diverse team.
Moret serves on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment and the National Association of Manufacturers’ executive committee, co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Community of CEOs, and is a member of the Business Roundtable.
We’ll explore ways to reconnect over 100,000 disconnected Connecticut young people to their communities and the workforce and emphasize partnerships that strengthen, enrich, and expand public-private ecosystems that ensure all individuals, especially those from historically underserved communities, can access the training, education, and support to pursue meaningful, rewarding careers.
And Gov. Ned Lamont presents his inaugural Governor’s Workforce Partnership Awards, recognizing the outstanding public-private partnerships that are developing Connecticut’s hidden talent as key contributors to the state’s economy.
Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to network and engage with other stakeholders committed to maximizing the impact and sustainability of Connecticut’s workforce development pipelines.
7:30 am | Check-In & Networking Breakfast
8:30 am | Opening Remarks
8:45 am | Keynote: Blake Moret, Chair & CEO, Rockwell Automation
9:30 am | Panel Discussion: Opportunity Youth
10:30 am | Networking Break
10:45 am | Panel Discussion: Nontraditional Populations
11:45 pm | Networking Lunch
12:45 pm | Career Pathways: The Youth Perspective
1:45 pm | Governor’s Workforce Awards
2:30 pm | Adjourn
Tue, Apr 16, 2024
8:30am – 2:30pm
Aqua Turf Club
556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT 06479
The 2024 Connecticut Workforce Summit is a collaboration between CBIA, the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy, Governor’s Workforce Council, ReadyCT, Social Venture Partners Connecticut, Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, Connecticut Department of Labor, Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, State Department of Education, and the Regional Workforce Development Boards, and made possible through the generous support of General Dynamics Electric Boat, with additional support from Wells Fargo, and Capital Workforce Partners.
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