Upcoming Events

Conferences & Convenings

Since we do not know what 2021 will hold for large gatherings, we have made the decision not to host our convening in June 2021 as planned. We will keep you informed as we move ahead with any and all National Fund events. Thank you for your interest in and commitment to this network and our mission.


Join us on November 18 for Workforce Webinar Wednesday! Starting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, we will be part of three back-to-back-to-back webinars. We hope that you will be able to join us for at least one of these great events on Wednesday afternoon.

1:00 p.m. Eastern

Race and the Work of the Future: Advancing Workforce Equity

2:00 p.m. Eastern

CareerSTAT Webinar: Supporting Workers’ Financial Wellness through Economic Downturn

3:00 p.m. Eastern

Job Quality in Practice: Can Investing in Workers Support Small Business Resiliency Through the Pandemic?

Past Conferences & Convenings


The Time Is Now: Building an Economy That Works for Everyone

JUNE 25 – 27, 2019 | DALLAS, TEXAS



Healthcare Connect: Developing the Frontline Workforce Together




A Decade of Changing Lives: Celebrating the Extraordinary Collaboration of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

November 29, 2017
The event honored the national and local funders who have provided pivotal support to our efforts to improve workforce systems, prepare individuals for quality employment and provide businesses with skilled workers. This event specifically recognized the more than 30 backbone organizations that have hosted and supported workforce development collaboratives within their communities. Ranging from United Ways, Workforce Development Boards, community foundations, economic development organizations, and independent non-profits, these collaborative hosts provided the critical local infrastructure that facilitated 10 years of impact.
Read more about A Decade of Changing Lives here.

2017 Leadership Convening: Building Prosperity Together


Past Webinars


How to Find and Secure Grant Funds to Support Workforce Development in COVID-19 Recovery

October 21, 2020
The need to leverage funding streams and partnerships to invest in workforce development strategy is critical to a successful recovery. Hear how CareerSTAT leaders in New Orleans and Des Moines leverage private and public dollars to support workforce development strategy in a COVID recovery landscape.
  • Andrea Kippur, Development Director, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Chris McCarthy, Community Health Project Manager, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
  • Erin Wendt, Sr. Director of Development & Operations, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines Foundation
  • Shannon Joseph, Director, Workforce Development, Ochsner Health

Leveraging Good Jobs as a Competitive Advantage in COVID-19 Recovery

September 16, 2020
An economy built on far too many low-wage, low-quality jobs is simply unsustainable. Now, we are seeing just how vulnerable we all are.
But there is some good news. Evidence shows businesses that improve their jobs do not just help their workers, they built resiliency and an advantage over their competitors.
Learn how improving jobs builds competitive advantage and hear how CareerSTAT leaders in Dallas collaborated to make high-demand patient care technician positions better.
  • Janice Urbanik, Senior Director of Innovation and Strategy, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Andrea Glispie, Director, Career Pathways and Pathways to Work
  • Cherie James, Education Specialist/Residency Coordinator, Methodist Charlton Medical

Strategies to Integrate Racial Equity and Inclusion in COVID Recovery and Beyond

August 19, 2020
CareerSTAT leaders in Chicago discuss how they are collaborating and leveraging workforce development strategies to improve racial equity and inclusion regionally and within their organizations.
  • Adrian Esquivel, Deputy Director, Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
  • Nicole Gilson-Barmore, Manager, Talent Development, Rush University Medical Center
  • Clayton Pryor, Director, Workforce Development, Advocate Aurora

Making the Case for Sustaining Workforce Development Strategy Through COVID-19

July 15, 2020
The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn are causing healthcare institutions across the country to make hard decisions and budget cuts. Historically, despite how short-sighted it is, workforce development programs are often on the chopping block.
Hear how CareerSTAT leaders in Boston, MA and Charlotte, NC are adjusting strategy and advocating for the continuation and strengthening of workforce development programs as critical to COVID-19 recovery.
  • Joanne Pokaski, Sr Director, Workforce Development and Community Relations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Gerard Camacho, AVP Workforce Development, Atrium Health


Making Youth Apprenticeships Equitable and Effective: Lessons From North Carolina

November 7, 2019
This webinar highlights the findings of a study by the North Carolina Justice Center, also titled “Making Youth Apprenticeships Equitable and Effective: Lessons From North Carolina.” Speakers include report authors Allan Freyer and Pamela Howze, as well as Elizabeth Standafer, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at ApprenticeshipNC.

A Team-Based Approach to Improve Incumbent Advancement and Equity

June 17, 2019
CareerSTAT Emerging Champion Mercy Health discusses how they established a Collective Impact Team with two external organizations to accomplish its goals to improve career advancement for frontline healthcare workers and expand diversity among middle-skill positions.

Leveraging an Industry Partnership to Expand Frontline Worker Opportunity

May 21, 2019
CareerSTAT Academy Member Tufts Medical Center discusses their participation in the Boston Healthcare Consortium to strengthen community partnerships and deepen its commitment to invest in the skills and careers of frontline workers.
Jessica Jacob- Workforce Development Specialist- Tufts Medical Center

Introduction to Workplace Financial Wellness

April 30
This employer-focused webinar covers the basics of designing and implementing a workplace financial wellness strategy targeted towards low- and moderate-income workers.
Ellen Frank-Miller- Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor- Washington University in St. Louis

Investing in an Inclusive Workforce to Improve Health Outcomes and Equity

April 23
2018 CareerSTAT Emerging Champion Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System discusses how their innovative programming benefits veterans as employees and patients.
Charon Flowers-Maple- Employee Education Officer – Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

Work-Based Learning in Retail

April 17
The National Fund hosted a webinar highlighting work-based learning models in retail and adjacent sectors. We were joined by experts who discussed work-based learning models from the UK and the management of an on-the-job training program with McDonald’s in Chicago.
Paul Champion- President, TranZed
Tanille Smith- Director of Youth Programs, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Utilizing Apprenticeship to Expand Rural Worker Pipelines

March 26
2018 CareerSTAT Champion Dartmouth-Hitchcock discusses how they utilize apprenticeship to upskill incumbent workers and expand talent pipelines in rural regions.
Sarah Currier- Vice President, Talent Strategy – Dartmouth-Hitchcock

High School Youth to Apprenticeship

February 12
Our featured presenters discuss a range of topics including the National Fund’s new partnership with PAYA, the rapid growth of youth apprenticeship in North Carolina, and different models for recruiting, testing, and screening high school students for apprenticeships.
  • Brent Parton- New America
  • Dr. Elizabeth Standafer- North Carolina Community College System



Apprenticeships in Healthcare

May 14
The sector that will have the most openings and need for applicants in 2018 is Healthcare. Five of the 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2018 are in healthcare. In this webinar, National Fund leaders and subject matter experts discuss how apprenticeships can fill the gaps in the healthcare labor market.
  • Daniel Bustillo- H-CAP
  • Hope Arthur- Partners for a Competitive Workforce

Non-Traditional Youth Work-Based Learning Programs

March 13
Based on feedback from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Apprenticeship Survey, there was interest in technical assistance with youth apprenticeships. In this webinar, National Fund leaders and subject matter experts discuss different models of work-based learning programs.
  • Robbie Heinrich- Kentucky FAME
  • Jesse Simmons- #SupplyChainOKI

Solving the Software Development Pipeline Crisis: Using Apprenticeships to Develop IT Talent

February 13
Based on feedback from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Apprenticeship Survey, there was interest in technical assistance with apprenticeships in IT/Cybersecurity. In this webinar, National Fund leaders and subject matter experts explored two innovative models of using apprenticeships to solve the IT talent crisis.
  • Girish Seshagari- ISHPI- Cybersecurity
  • Heather Terenzio- Te Techtonic Group- IT Coding
The recording is available at the following link. (Requires WebEx Video Player)


Making Learning and Advancement Accessible: Work-Based Learning Programs and HR Practices that Support Frontline Workers

December 13
Offering frontline healthcare workers different types of work-based learning opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge is standard business practice for CareerSTAT Champion employers. Learn about their evidence-based programs, employee benefits and supportive HR practices that make learning and advancement more accessible for their entry-level frontline workers.
The recording is available at the following link. (Requires WebEx Video Player)

Investing in Your Backyard: Strategies to Hire, Retain and Advance Local Community Members

November 15, 2017
Representatives from Ochsner Health System and Fairview Health Services discuss how their organizations recruit, hire and retain workers from the neighborhoods they serve. They also discuss the community partnerships and internal programs that make careers to their neighbors accessible while addressing their workforce needs.
  • Laura Beeth, Fairview Health Services
  • Missy Sparks, Ochsner Health System
The recording is available at the following link. (Requires WebEx Video Player)

Pathways and Partnerships: Strategies to Advance Incumbent Worker

October 11, 2017
Representatives from Beth Israel Deaconess Center and Hebrew SeniorLife discuss how they are creating internal career pathways to maximize employee potential and grow talent from within for improved organizational performance.  They also discuss how they leverage the resources and expertise of external partner organization and how to identify and evaluate potential partners.
  • Joanne Pokaski, Beth Israel Deaconess Center
  • Mary McDougall, Hebrew SeniorLife

Integrating Workforce Investments with Business Impact: How to Use Data to Drive Decision Making

September 13, 2017
Representatives from Mercy Health, West Michigan discuss different approaches to workforce planning and program development and how measurement and analysis drive their workforce programs.
  • Shana Welch, Mercy Health West Michigan
  • Kelly Wilczack, Mercy Health West Michigan