Call for Presentations

Michigan Works! Annual Conference
September 8-10, 2019
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo



Two proposal categories are available (PDF version here, for viewing only):

I. Workshops

Be recognized as an industry leader. 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.



We strive to offer unique and interactive workshops that engage attendees.

Preference will be given to proposals that highlight new, innovative efforts happening in your area – as well as those that use non-traditional approaches to enhance attendee learning. We're looking for proposals that cover the following topics:

  • 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
  • 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 businesses
  • 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?

Proposals should:

- encourage interactive delivery and creative thinking
- include replicable takeaways
- emphasize collaboration within talent, education and economic development.



Thought leaders and industry experts in workforce and economic development, education and business (and more!) attend to share knowledge, learn best practices and network.



Proposals will be accepted through Friday, May 3, 2019, ONLINE ONLY

The best and most appropriate content for the Conference will be selected.

Notification of acceptance or decline will be sent via email in June 2019.


Questions? Contact Laura Covey, Director of Marketing, Michigan Works! Association at 517-371-1100 ext. 204 or