Workforce Readiness Conference

Workforce Readiness & Resource Conference

This one-day conference was held at the Galt House Hotel on October 26 as a component of “Manufacturing Month” activities. This Conference was designed to bring together KY manufacturers, legislators and educators to learn what is working across the Commonwealth and nationally with regard to filling the critical skills gap.  Areas of focus included the #KYisMFG Student Video Contest Awards, how manufacturing is driving the changing paradigm, MakerMinded update, earning and learning in Kentucky, and finding the hidden workforce.  Dick Hazelton, Chairman, President & CEO (retired) with Dow Corning Corporation, offered the luncheon keynote titled The Business Case for Early Childhood Development:  Impacting the Future Workforce.

“High-quality early childhood care and education is essential to the social and economic health of our nation.”

Dick Hazleton, Chairman, President & CEO (ret.), Dow Corning Corporation

Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors!


8:45 Registration
9:20 Welcome
  Recap the Journey
9:45 #KYisMFG Student Video Contest: Introducing Middle & High Schoolers to Manufacturing
  Awards presented by Brittany Garrett, Program Director, MakerMinded KY and Eileen Pickett, Pickett Consulting
10:00 Today’s Manufacturers Driving the Changing Paradigm – Jackie Hogan, Moderator
  Teacher Externship Program
  • Richard N. Snowden, Skilled Trade Training Specialist, Human Resources, Toyotetsu North America
  • Brenda Hoover, Teacher, Wayne County High School
  • Michelle Clay, Teacher, Bryan Station High School
  • Dr. Carol Hanley, Director, Office of Environmental Programs-Outreach Services; Assistant Director of International Programs, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environments, University of Kentucky
  Real-time Examples of Partnerships in Action
  • Jenny Watson, Assistant Superintendent for Learning Support – Ignite Academy, Boone County Public Schools
  • Kim Lyon, Strategic Partnership Manager, Fayette County Public Schools
  Q & A
11:00 On-Line with MakerMinded: Generating New STEM Thinkers
  Roundtable discussion with teachers and manufacturers
  Brittany Garrett – Program Director, MakerMinded KY, Moderator
  • Todd Foster – Carbon Operations Manager, Safran Landing Systems Kentucky, LLC
  • Heather Hampton – Learning & Development Specialist, Supply Chain, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Michelle Strickland – Lead Maker, Wildcat Makerspace, Trigg County High School
  • Jacey Cavanagh – National Manager, MakerMinded
11:50 Networking Break
12:10 Lunch Invocation – Dr. Paul Schreffler – Vice Chancellor, Economic Development & Workforce Solutions, Kentucky Community & Technical College System
12:25 Keynote: The Business Case for Early Childhood Development: Impacting the Future Workforce – Dick Hazleton, Chairman, President & CEO (ret), Dow Corning Corporation
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1:10 Networking Break
1:30 Building KY’s Talent: Earning & Learning Initiatives in Kentucky
  Kim Menke, KY FAME Founding Member, Toyota
  Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Kentucky Labor Cabinet
2:30 Finding the Hidden Workforce
  Michael McFadden – Recruitment Coordinator-Staffing Services, LG&E-KU
  Tami Hatfield – Labor Relations Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
  Missy Brownson – Senior Associate, Communications & Outreach, KY Adult Education Skills U
3:30 Closing Comments and Adjourn
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140 N 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202