The Time is Now is a powerful convening of workforce development professionals, employers, frontline workers, and funders. This two-day event will advance the learning agenda on critical workforce issues.




Here’s what some of our past attendees had to say

“One of the best workforce conferences I’ve attended. Absolutely loved the authentic connection with employers.” “Great energy and passion among the participants.” “Thank you! The diversity of attendees illuminated the diversity of stakeholders in workforce development.”

Access workshop and plenary materials, speaker bios, the participant list, and social media information on the event app.


The Time Is Now is co-sponsored with

Registration Fees

Regular Registration: $650

Employer Day Only (June 26): $375

Awards Dinner: $100


Featured Speaker

Michael McAfee – President & CEO, PolicyLink

Michael McAfee, President and CEO, leads PolicyLink, a national research and action institute focused on advancing racial and economic equity: just and fair inclusion for everyone living in America. He brings over 20 years of experience as a leader who has partnered with organizations across the public, philanthropic, and private sectors to realize this vision.

Michael came to PolicyLink in 2011 as the inaugural director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. Under his leadership, PolicyLink emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems that ensure children and youth in our nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class. His partnership with local leaders, in more than 60 communities in 27 states and the District of Columbia, contributed to significant improvements in the educational and developmental outcomes for more than 300,000 children, and helped attract public and private investments exceeding $1 billion. Because of the focus on results, Promise Neighborhoods became a permanent federal program through the 2015 authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


Hotel Information

All conference activities will take place at: 
Fairmont Dallas
1717 North Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201 

Please call the hotel directly at (214) 720-2020 or connect via its online reservation link to make your room reservation. To guarantee this special group rate of $199 per night, plus applicable taxes, you must make your reservation no later than May 29, 2019. Please identify yourself as part of The Time Is Now National Fund Convening 2019.

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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions maintains a no-solicitation policy covering all of its conferences, meetings, and other events. In order to provide a distraction-free environment for our attendees, we do not allow solicitation of any kind during any event. Additionally, attendees expect that participation in National Fund events will not result in future solicitations unless the member specifically invites future contact.