2018 Workforce Development Summit


Thank you to our elected women, informative speakers, and event sponsors for making this an incredible Summit!

View the Agenda HERE.

View the Participant List HERE.

View the Speaker Biographies HERE.

View the Travel and Lodging Information HERE.

View the Travel and Lodging Scholarship Information HERE.

Questions? Reach out to Brenna Kehew Sculley at brenna@womenlegislators.org or at 401.578.0389


Checkout our photo slideshow from this year below;

2018 Workforce Development Summit


Access the Summit presentations and connect with the speakers below:

Programs that Work, and Lessons Learned

Mary Keller | @MD_DLLR
Program Director, The Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
View Mary’s slides HERE

Workforce Opportunities in the Energy Sector

Tara Anderson | @API_News
Director of External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute (API)
View API’s workforce initiatives HERE

Elizabeth Olds | @AFPMonline
Manager, State and Local Outreach, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
View AFPM’s workforce initiatives HERE

The Shifting Workforce, and Why it’s Women Friendly

Amy Kihenia-Davis | @Walmart
Regional eCommerce Director, Walmart

Deborah Herron
Director of Public Affairs, Walmart

Service Members & Veterans Roundtable 

Senator Carol Blood  | @senatorblood
Nebraska State Legislature
View Senator Blood’s handout HERE, and access the DoD progress working with States handout HERE

Tara Anderson | @API_News 
Director of External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute (API)

Recently Incarcerated Individuals

Representative Julie Emerson | @JulieEmerson
Louisiana State Legislature, NFWL Board Member

Women in the Workforce & Pay Equity

Sarah David Heydemann | @NWLC
National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
View NFLC’s Playbook for Gender Equality HERE

Keynote Speaker 

Meghan Ogilvie | @DogTagBakery 
Chief Executive Officer, Dog Tag Inc.
Visit their bakery HERE  and visit their nonprofit website HERE

Occupational Licensing in the Cosmetology Industry

Bridget Sharpe
Government Affairs Manager, The Professional Beauty Association
View Bridget’s materials below:

  • 1000 Hour Hairstylist License – All 49 states have esthetic licenses and nail tech licenses (Connecticut does not). Only a few states have hair-only licenses and we believe this should exist in all 50 states (The attached spreadsheet shows which states already have hairstylist licenses under “Stylist.” They will also find a KEY column at the very end of the spreadsheet explaining the N/A, Blanks, and zeros).
  • Pre-Graduate Testing – Allowing cosmetology and barber students to sit for their board exams prior to graduation.
  • Merging State Boards of Cosmetology and Barbering – 30 states have already combined their boards. I have attached a spreadsheet showing which states have separate boards that we would recommend combining.

Addressing the Direct Care Workforce Shortage

Jennifer Rosen
Director of State Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association

Youth Employment

Gaylee W. Gillim, Esq.
General Counsel
Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay

Erika Scheffer
Director of State Advocacy, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

The Value of Older Workers

Susan Weinstock
Vice President, Financial Resilience Programming, AARP
View Susan’s handout HERE

Community Colleges – A Key Link to a Targeted Workforce

Tony Johnson, PhD | @udc_edu
Dean, Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning, University of the District of Columbia

Laurie Quarles | @Comm_College
American Association of Community Colleges

Pathway to Equity: Women & Good Jobs

Ariane Hegewisch | @IWPResearch
Program Director of Employment & Earnings, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Visit IWPR’s Pathway to Equity site HERE