NALEO National Policy Institute on Workforce Development - NALEO Educational Fund


April 27-28, 2018 | New York, NY

Technology is fueling our nation’s rapid economic change and causing the biggest workforce transition since the Industrial Revolution. This shift has brought forth economic opportunity for those who have access to the knowledge and tools needed to build and transform their skillsets to compete in the present and future labor market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total labor force increased by 16.6 million during the 2000–2016 period, with Latinos accounting for nearly two-thirds of the increase, estimated at 10.1 million. With Latinos representing the second largest population group in the nation, the economic success of Latinos in the workforce is intricately tied to the economic prosperity of the United States. The decisions made today by policymakers about how to best prepare and equip the Latino workforce will result in long lasting economic effects.

The NALEO National Policy Institute on Workforce Development will provide Latino policymakers with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around current workforce issues and discuss various approaches to strengthen their jurisdictions’ workforce development. This two-day convening will bring together Latino policymakers from throughout the nation to acquire tools that will help them leverage innovative and successful workforce development policies and best practices to drive economic success in the labor market for their constituents, communities, and regions.

The Institute’s curriculum will cover:

  • Preparing Latinos for the workforce of tomorrow and national workforce trends
  • Leveraging opportunities in the digital economy
  • Integrated reentry and employment strategies to strengthen job readiness
  • Turning job skills into careers
  • Industry sector strategies:
• Healthcare
• Energy
• Manufacturing
• Service

Participants will strengthen their governance skills to support effective leadership, receive timely information, learn best practices, exchange policies and ideas around effective ways to address pressing workforce development issues, and have the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country.


Investor Sponsor

American Petroleum Institute (API)

Bank of America


JPMorgan Chase & Co.


For more information please contact:

Uriel Alejo

Program Coordinator for Constituency Services
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 4437


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session I:

Preparing Latinos for the Workforce of Tomorrow: National Workforce Trends

Unprecedented transformations in our national workforce and economy are causing robust growth and opportunities in various industry sectors. With Latinos making up 17 percent of the total U.S. workforce and projected to represent nearly one-fifth of the labor force by 2024, it is imperative that Latinos are equipped with marketable skills that match up to the needs of the economy and are career-ready to seize opportunities in the labor market. An understanding of national workforce trends is a valuable tool to strategize how resources should be allocated to support job training and workforce development for Latinos to meet the workforce demands of the nation. This session will provide policymakers with a federal update to explore policy opportunities that support workforce development initiatives in communities and an awareness of national workforce development projections for various industry sectors across the nation.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session II:

The Transformative Power of Technology: Leveraging Opportunities in the Digital Economy

Technological advances have ushered in the era of digitized economies, an era that relies on the internet and data to conduct economic activity. The digital economy is transforming workforce industries while giving rise to completely new ones. Innovative partnerships between policymakers and key stakeholders will ensure that Latinos have the opportunity to participate and succeed in the new digital economy. In this session, policymakers will explore how advanced technologies will continue to shape our digital economy, potential workforce implications for our communities, and effective workforce development strategies.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Program

Census 2020 – Make It Count!

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session III:

Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Strengthening Job Readiness

Particularly vulnerable to the dynamics and changes rooted in the new economy are formerly incarcerated people who face a different set of barriers to obtaining employment. Research has demonstrated that employment reduces rates of recidivism among those who have served their time while placing them on paths towards social mobility. In this session policymakers will explore innovative integrated workforce strategies that prepare formerly incarcerated individuals to succeed in the labor market and help them make long lasting contributions to society.

3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

Session IV:

The Future of Job Training: Turning Job Skills into Careers

The jobs of today require new skills, and these skills are changing rapidly in order to adapt to transforming markets and sectors. As a result, traditional job training models are continually evolving to equip individuals with skillsets that are in demand in the new economy. To ensure Latinos have access to in-demand jobs, policymakers along with key stakeholders can work collaboratively to prepare and propel Latinos in the labor market. In this session, policymakers will explore innovative policies and market-based training models that are providing individuals with workplace readiness skills to thrive in a period of profound economic transformation.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session V:

Industry Sector Strategy: Building a Latino Healthcare Workforce for the 21st Century

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent in the next decade, much faster than for other occupations. This projected growth is due to technological advances in the healthcare field and the nation’s aging population. In this session, policymakers will explore key challenges and promising strategies aimed to equip Latinos in the health sector to meet the labor demands of the 21st Century.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session VI:

Industry Sector Strategy: Building a Latino Energy Workforce for the 21st Century

As technological innovation progresses, our energy infrastructure is becoming more complex. New technologies have brought to market renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar, in addition to traditional forms of energy that are extracted, refined and distributed like petroleum, natural gas, and coal. During this time of transition, there is a growing demand for newly skilled workers. At the same time, the current energy workforce is aging and this industry sector is facing a skills gap in hiring qualified individuals to run and maintain the power grid of the future. In this session, policymakers will explore key challenges and promising strategies aimed at equipping Latinos to meet the labor demands

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Luncheon Program

Concurrent Industry Sector Strategy Sessions

Participants may choose which session to attend


12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout I:

Building a Latino Workforce for Manufacturing in the 21st Century

As U.S. manufacturing continues to regain strength since the Great Recession, employers face increasing challenges finding high-skilled and quality talent to fill open positions. The adoption of new productivity-enhancing technologies in this sector requires that workers have access to high-quality training to gain the skills needed to have lifelong and rewarding careers. In this session, policymakers will explore key challenges and promising strategies aimed at equipping Latinos in the manufacturing sector to meet the labor demands of the 21st Century.


Breakout II:

Strengthening the Latino Service Workforce for the 21st Century.

Across our country, Latinos in the service sector face barriers that prevent them from advancing into roles that propel them toward social and economic mobility. To ensure these individuals are able to compete in the labor market, policymakers and key stakeholders have developed and expanded workforce strategies that include adult education and additional job training aimed at advancing these individuals into better paying positions while meeting the needs of employers. In this session, policymakers will explore key challenges and promising practices aimed at helping workers in the service industry move up the career ladder to meet the labor demands of the 21st Century.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session VIII

Industry Sector Roundtables

Through a facilitated conversation, participants will draw from their respective roles as policymakers to identify and discuss how they can strategically work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve workforce development outcomes in their states and local communities.  These concurrent roundtable discussions will allow participants to delve deeper into particular industry sector policy issues armed with insights from topics previously covered in the Policy Institute agenda.

  • Healthcare
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Service

    • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

      Short Term Strategies and Closing Remarks

      Policymakers will share their workforce development policy accomplishments, what they have learned during the Policy Institute, and what workforce development strategies or policies they may implement in their jurisdictions.