A day of discovery and action for the future of work and economic prosperity in Michigan
Start the day by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the workforce issues affecting our state with talks by leading voices in business, economic development, education, policy making, and social services.
In the afternoon, join forces with fellow Summit attendees to participate in breakout group discussions co-facilitated by subject matter experts.
Close out the day with group-generated vision statements around what we want to look like as a community by the year 2030 which will be turned into sustainable and actionable 2-, 5-, and 10-year Workforce Pipeline Strategic Plans by a steering committee after the event.
Business owners, leaders, and employees
Economic development organizations
Educators, administrators, and students
Policymakers at the local, county, and state level
Members of the hidden talent pool which includes: creatives, the underserved, underprivileged, age 55+, formerly incarcerated, persons with disabilities, Veterans, and other populations
Social services organizations working with homeless, addiction recovery, low-income, low-education, dislocated worker, neurodiverse, and other populations
Whereas workforce development means making sure the current viable workforce maintains up-to-date skills, workforce pipeline is about making sure we have a plan to train community members, thereby expanding the size of the viable workforce. Academics and economic development leaders have studied the numbers and determined that in order to sustain the growth we need to survive as a state, we need to increase the size of our available viable workforce. The Workforce Pipeline Summit is an opportunity for us as a state to really look into the future, understand the issues, and co-create a long-term plan to ensure we have enough properly skilled workers ready for high-impact growth and sustainability.
What kind of county do we want Washtenaw County to be? Is it enough to have created “pockets of prosperity”? Or maybe you think that everyone in Washtenaw County is doing just awesome, thank-you-very-much. (Hint: they aren’t.) We as a Community, County, and State are not doing as well as we may think we are. Many companies cannot find work talent.
People who are drawn to the Summit understand that we are a community of businesses, thriving because of the people who make it possible. But we must take action if we want to create even more opportunity for prosperity. And to ensure that the county and the state continue to thrive, we must find a way to tap into the talent and capacity among all potential members of our workforce.
These are the issues we will address at the Summit and in the days, weeks, months, and years afterward – moving in the right direction. Join us.
We are fortunate to have an amazing group of speakers and facilitators with deep and diverse expertise. Solving the workforce deficit is a complex challenge but we have selected topics for this first summit that we hope will get us down the path of actionable solutions.