LEAD Center’s Knowledge Translation Activities at National Conferences
LEAD Center staff had a significant presence at two national conferences this quarter: the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference. The NAWDP conference was attended by about 1,100 workforce development professionals. LEAD Center staff presented a well-attended interactive four-hour Pre-Conference session on Strategies for Successfully Serving People with Barriers to Employment, as well as three breakout sessions on Serving All Job Seekers: Strategies for Success; Resource Mapping and Guided Group Discovery: Cross-System Collaboration and Integrating Financial Literacy into Workforce Services for Diverse Populations.
At the National APSE conference, LEAD Center staff presented two half-day Pre-Conference sessions and four breakout sessions. The two Pre-Conference sessions were on Customized Employment and Discovery: New Approaches and Partnerships for Success and Let’s Talk Money: Financial Independence for People with Disabilities Is Possible! The four breakouts were Financial Education to Financial Inclusion: Bridging the Gap for Persons with Disabilities (Innovative Practices Track); The ABLE Act and Employment (Public Policy Track); Partnerships for Success (Employer Engagement Track); and Promising Practices that Promote Effective Collaboration between Workforce & Disability Partners (Innovative Practices Track). This conference drew more than 700 attendees.
In addition to the presentations at these two conferences, LEAD Center staffed exhibit booths that were busy throughout each conference. Information about the promising practices and approaches about which LEAD Center staff presented can be found on the LEAD Center website: www.leadcenter.org.