Conference Features

Michigan’s signature workforce development conference offers dynamic keynote presentations, a wide array of professional development opportunities and plenty of time for networking.

Group of men and women attendees networking at a reception.


Opening Reception

Sunday, September 8 // 6:00-9:30pm (offsite, buses leave at 5:45 from N. Rose St. entrance)

Join us for the Opening Reception to network, mix and mingle among the exhibits of a world-class museum.

Over its 40-year history, the Air Zoo has grown from a nine-plane hangar display to a stunning aerospace and science education center with over 100 rare aircraft and spacecraft, interactive exhibits and cutting-edge educational programs for people of all ages. 

The Partner Showcase

Join us during break hours for fun and engaging networking opportunities.

Governor Whitmer will provide brief remarks on workforce and economic development to Conference attendees on Monday, September 9 from 3:15-3:45 in The Partner Showcase.  

Explore products and services designed to make your job easier. The Partner Showcase features vendors from across the state and around the nation.

Breaks will be offered throughout the event, providing attendees an opportunity to catch their breath, grab a snack, network and plan their next move.

Charging Station
Power up your handheld gadgets! Visit the charging stations to charge all types of cell phones and mobile devices.

Mobile App Help
If you haven't downloaded the official event guide mobile app yet or have experienced difficulties, knowledgeable staff will be on hand during breaks to answer questions and assist you in making the most of this powerful tool.

Social Media Wall
Include the hashtag #MWConf and #MIWorks in your social media posts — see your updates on the big screen and on the Conference website homepage.



Hop Around Kalamazoo Bus Tour

Monday, September 9 // 5:30-8:45 pm (Meet at Old Burdick's)

Don’t miss this opportunity to lift the curtain on one of the fastest growing and inventive industries in our state. West Michigan is known for offering renowned craft beer styles and Kalamazoo is part of an area that features some of the best breweries in the world. This unique networking event is a one-of-a-kind journey that shows the process, the people and the pride behind Michigan beer.

Tour directors, knowledgeable in both beer and local history, will lead attendees on a private three-brewery tour (a three-brewery tour!) where they will meet local brewers, tour facilities and sample products. Complimentary bottled water and snacks will be provided on the bus. Valued at $70, tour tickets are available to registered Annual Conference attendees for only $20. But act fast, participation is limited.


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