As Kingsley House celebrates its 125th year, we are committed to continuing our legacy of leadership and service in the community.

In recognition of National Workforce Development Month, Kingsley House will convene education and training providers, employers, community organizations and the local workforce for workshops and programming.

The week culminates with a luncheon on Friday, September 10th, with keynote speaker Ava Cates, Secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and an overview of the local workforce landscape by Norman Barnum, interim CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA).

September 8th – 10th

1600 Constance St

Gayle & Tom Benson Community Center

  • Wednesday Workshops
    9:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Topics include Supports to Remove Barriers to Employment, Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated, Employment Trends, plus a Resource Fair! (see details below)

  • Thursday Employer Expo
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Presented in partnership with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, join us to meet with employers hiring in Healthcare, Hospitality, Advanced Manufacturing industries and more!

  • Friday Together! Stronger! Better! Luncheon
    12N – 1:00 pm

    Join us to hear about the status of the workforce landscape in our city and state.
    The week culminates with a luncheon on Friday, September 10th, with keynote speaker Ava Cates, Secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and an overview of the local workforce landscape by Norman Barnum, interim CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA). This event has a registration fee.

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS

Setting the Record Straight

9:30 AM -10:30 AM

Subject matter experts highlight resources and pertinent information to support successful employment searches for formerly incarcerated persons.

Moderator:
Chad Sanders – The First 72+, Co-Executive Director
Panelists:
The Honorable Marcus DeLarge – Orleans Criminal District Court, Section K
Laura Tuggle – Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Executive Director
Patrick Young – City of New Orleans Office of Gun Violence Prevention, Director and Sharp Men NOLA, Founder and Executive Director

Shared Voice, Shared Vision: Facing the Future Together

10:45 AM -11:45 AM

In a town hall format, attendees and workforce development professionals share their insights, concerns, and proposed solutions for meeting the demands of a changing labor market.

Moderator:
Gina Swanson Gray
– WDSU-TV, Anchor/Reporter
Panelists:
Job Seekers and Workforce members

Partnering with Purpose

Noon -1:00 PM

Service providers share how wrap around services lead to success in meeting career goals.

Moderator:
Mary Ambrose, LMSW –
United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Chief Impact Officer
Panelists:
Lona Hankins – New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure and Planning
Zwena Moore-Randolph – Ascension DePaul Community Health Center of New Orleans, Director of Business Development and Community Engagement
Mary Schultheis – Crescent City Family Services, Executive Director

Lunch provided by RPM Pizza.

Collaboration Beats Competition

Noon -1:00 PM (concurrent session) *For education/training providers, employers only

Philanthropic program officers share insights and advantages of organizations working together to encourage innovative solutions toward shared goals.

Moderator:
Dr. Margaret Montgomery Richard – DMM and Associates, Principal
Panelists:
Lauren King
– Greater New Orleans Foundation, Director, Workforce Programs
Erika Wright – JP Morgan Chase & Co., Vice President of Global Philanthropy

Making It Happen, Making It Matter

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Workforce and industry experts discuss information related to current and projected employment trends in preparation for jobs for the future.

Moderator:
Gregory Curtis – New Orleans Workforce Development/Board Chair and Windsor Court Hotel, Director of Human Resources
Panelists:
Shannon Joseph
– Ochsner Health System, Director, Talent Management – Workforce Development
Sunae Villavaso – City of New Orleans, Director of the Office of Workforce Development
Arlanda Williams – Delgado Community College, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development

 

Resource Fair

all day

Information on organizations and resources that support or enable individuals in the workforce.

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