Do you have something unique, creative, innovative or informative to say about today's hot topics in workforce development? We want to hear from you!

On September 14 - 15, 2020, the Michigan Works! Association will host its 2020 annual conference.

Join us at one of the largest networks of workforce development professionals - dedicated to the latest strategic approaches, tools and technologies.

All presentation proposals must be submitted ONLINE ONLY by June 8, 2020.

There is no limit to the number of presentations you can submit. To submit additional presentation proposals, please begin a new form.

Notification of acceptance or decline will be sent via email in June 2020. 

Three proposal categories are available.
                      I. Workshops
Being recognized as an industry leader, this is your chance to share your knowledge. You've got an hour and fifteen minutes to shine.

II. Ten in 30 Sessions
David Letterman might have retired, but we're still delivering the top ten! We're looking for ten takeaways in 30 minutes.

III. Super Sessions
A 75 minute workshop not enough time to dig into your subject?  Then a super session is for you!  We're looking for 90 minutes of deeper learning in these proposals. 

Session and workshop proposals require clear and concise titles, succinct and persuasive descriptions, and well-thought-out learning objectives/takeaways.

We strive to offer unique and interactive workshops that engage attendees. Preference will be given to presentation proposals that highlight new, innovative efforts happening in your area – as well as those that use non-traditional approaches to enhance attendee learning.

Presentation proposals should:
  • include a title of NOT MORE THAN 10 WORDS
  • encourage interactive delivery and creative thinking
  • include replicable takeaways
  • emphasize collaboration within talent, education, adult education, rehabilitative services and economic development.
We're looking for presentations that cover the following topics:

Along with the topic areas listed below, adult education sessions will be featured at the conference. We encourage Adult Education providers and partners to submit proposals including but not limited to: program management, curriculum design, Integrated Education Training programs and Workforce connection management.
  • Regional strategies that elevate services to a new level
  • Innovative ways to braid program funding for employer / job seeker success
  • Creative career inspiration and pipeline development solutions
  • Programming that includes strong community partnerships and business involvement
  • Talent development strategies for target populations; veterans, refugees, immigrants, long-term unemployed, etc.
  • Innovative strategies to engage youth - tomorrow's workforce
  • Great practices in developing engaged, high-performing boards
  • Work-based learning solutions that lead to industry-recognized credentials
  • Powerful ways to advocate for Michigan’s workforce programs and communicate success
  • Communications strategies to increase awareness and program participation
  • Administrative / technology strategies for meeting performance·        
  • Demand-driven strategies to provide comprehensive business solutions
  • Technology solutions for improving access to workforce development resources
  • Strategies to serve the needs of business
  • New programming for job seekers
  • Cyber security for today's workplace
  • New approaches to apprenticeship development
  • Innovative and creative programming for the future of work - What are you doing today that impacts tomorrow's needs?

Do you have other ideas for hot topics and/or cool concepts? Don't be shy!
We encourage creative thinking when it comes to sharing timely, relevant and value-add content with our Annual Conference attendees.