NALEO National Policy Institute on Workforce Development - NALEO Educational Fund


March 29-30, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA

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 resources needed to develop and transform their skillsets to compete in the 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 prosperity of the United States is intrinsically tied to the economic success of Latinos in the workforce. The decisions made today by policymakers about how to best prepare and equip the current and future 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 discuss ways to strengthen innovative and successful workforce development policies and best practices that 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: National Workforce Landscape and Projections
  • The Engine of Change and Economic Growth: Embracing Transformative Technology
  • Supporting the Current and Future Latino Workforce: Turning Skills into Careers
  • Industry Sector Strategies:

    • Healthcare
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Service
Participants attending this Policy Institute will strengthen their governance skills to support effective leadership, 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.


Title Sponsors

Investor Sponsors

Bank of America

For more information please contact:

Monica Medina

Program Associate
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 143


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session I:

Preparing Latinos for the Workforce of Tomorrow: National Workforce Landscape and Projections

Unprecedented transformations across occupations in the labor market are causing robust growth and opportunities in various industry sectors. Latinos currently make up 17 percent of the total U.S. labor force and are projected to represent over one-fifth of the labor force by 2026. It is critical that policymakers have an understanding of national employment projections to allocate the needed resources to support job training and workforce development initiatives to meet the workforce demands in their states and communities. This session will provide policymakers with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent projections data by both industry and occupation to understand the dynamics affecting long-term labor force growth.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session II:

The Engine of Change and Economic Growth: Embracing Transformative Technology

Technological advances are transforming workforce industries, while giving rise to completely new ones.  While research shows that the impact of technology in the coming decades will vary across occupations and regions, deliberate and coordinated efforts between policymakers and stakeholders are needed to ensure that Latinos have the opportunity to succeed in the current and future labor market. In this session, policymakers will explore how advanced technologies will continue to shape our economy and highlight potential workforce implications for our communities.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Program:

Census 2020 – Make It Count!

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session III:

Supporting the Current and Future Latino Workforce: Turning Skills into Careers

Technologies like automation and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work. Understanding these shifts are helping policymakers and key stakeholders determine how to better align and expand state-local efforts to equip all Latinos with the skillsets needed in the labor market. The growing movement to make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) a fundamental part of K-12 education across the nation is a policy strategy aimed at equipping all students with the skillsets needed to have access to in demand jobs. In this session, policymakers will explore innovative strategies and K-12 education policies that are providing the current and future workforce with the skills needed to thrive in this time of economic transformation.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session IV:

Industry Roundtable Discussions

Through facilitated conversations with industry partners, 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 local states and communities. These concurrent roundtable discussions will allow participants to delve deeper into particular industry sector policy issues armed with insights from topics covered in the Policy Institute agenda.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Brasserie, Lobby Level

Opening Reception

State Farm® and Toyota
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session V:

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

The healthcare industry will continue to drive the nation's employment growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow by 18 percent in the next decade.  This projected growth is due to changes in the health care system and the nation’s aging population.  Although research from the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Washington finds that Latinos have gained representation in the health workforce (8.5 percent in 2004 to 10.9 percent in 2013), it is still at a slightly slower rate compared to the U.S. Latino population (14.2 percent in 2004 to 17.1 percent in 2014). Moreover, the Center for Health Workforce Studies also found that Latinos tend to be more highly represented among the lower skilled occupations. In this session, policymakers will explore key challenges and promising strategies aimed at equipping all Latinos to tap into growing opportunities in health professions.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session VI:

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

As U.S. manufacturing continues to regain strength post the Great Recession, employers across the nation face challenges in attracting and retaining high-quality workers who possess the skills and competencies needed for roles in advanced manufacturing. To help solve the problem of finding skilled employees locally, policymakers are working with key business partners to create employment opportunities in their regions, educational training institutions, and government agencies to make their regional advanced manufacturing ecosystem globally competitive. In this session, policymakers will explore strategies to close the manufacturing skills gap and learn of manufacturers' partnership strategies to grow their Latino talent pipeline across the nation.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Session VII:

Industry Sector Strategy: Strengthening the Latino Service Workforce for the 21st Century

Across our country, Latinos in the service sector face barriers that prevent them from transitioning into roles that propel them toward economic mobility.  To better support individuals in one of the largest and fastest growing sectors, policymakers and stakeholders have developed and expanded workforce strategies that include 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. 

2:45 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Policy Implementation:

Short and Long-Term Strategies

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

3:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks