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NAWB: The Forum 2016


  • Washington Hilton Hotel 919 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

VALUEUSA will participate in this conference presented by the National Association of Workforce Boards

About The Forum

The Forum is the premier event where workforce development professionals and leaders in business, government, labor, and education gather to gain insights into the current state of our nation's workforce system and consider the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital development.

Who should attend?

Hosted by the National Association of Workforce Boards in our nation’s capital, the Forum is a national conversation around our shared responsibility to address the needs of businesses, career seekers, and local economies and drive America’s ability to compete in a global economy. The Forum is for:

  • Workforce Development Professionals, Leaders, and Board Members
  • Business Leaders
  • Industry and Trade Association Representatives
  • Labor Representatives
  • Economic Developers
  • Community College & Education System Leaders
  • Local Government Officials
  • National Organizational Partners
  • Community Organizers and Partners


What is the focus of Forum 2016?

The Forum 2016 engages and prepares workforce, education and economic development stakeholders to embrace technology, community, and transformation as they address the needs of businesses, career seekers, and local economies to build the competitive capacity of their regions.

Technology: As our world grows ever more interconnected, industry, education, workforce development, and economic development must understand how new technologies create efficiencies in learning, training, skills development, and human potential. The very nature of work is experiencing a revolution in automation, driving businesses to look far beyond immediate skills needs to understand the entire framework on which their future rests.

Community: Workforce development organizations have demonstrated admirable innovation in the face of shrinking budgets, a massive recession, industry downturns, a generation of returning veterans, and unprecedented challenges for youth and the long-term unemployed. We now have a shared responsibility with our partners in education, economic development and community-based agencies to create a concerted approach to the needs of our regions, our businesses, and our citizens that is beyond the programmatic solutions of the past.

Transformation: The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is complete. Before us is an opportunity to create the workforce system that our nation requires within the framework of an Act that encourages partnership, involvement, and a collaborative, regional approach to workforce development, while redefining the workforce system as the cornerstone of economic prosperity and global competitiveness.

Earlier Event: November 17
AAACE 2015 Conference
Later Event: April 10
COABE Conference