Business Partner Summit

Partner Summit 2019

Oct. 9-11

Sheraton Arlington Hotel, A Marriott Property
1500 Convention Center Drive, Arlington, Texas
Hotel reservations (reservation deadline is Sept. 16)


Wednesday, October 9

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 noon – 1 p.m.
Opening Luncheon

State of the Association
Executive Director

Talent Pipeline Development

1:15 – 2 p.m.
Partnering with SkillsUSA – Key Strategies to Close the Skills Gap

Talent Pipeline Development

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
Workplace Experience Creation
Learn from companies that are taking bold steps to create meaningful workplace experiences for students that lead to employment.

Refreshments in the Foyer

Talent Pipeline Development

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
SkillsUSA and your Human Resources Department
Current SkillsUSA partners share best practice strategies their companies are using to recruit and retain SkillsUSA members and adult learners to their companies.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Building Comprehensive Partnerships
Learn more about how current SkillsUSA partners leverage multiple layers of participation at the State and National level to create brand loyalty and promote a skilled trade workforce.

5:30 – 6 p.m.

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Welcome Dinner Meet the 2019 WorldSkills USA team, fresh from their competition in Kazan, Russia.

Thursday, October 10

7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

Local Program Success: Ensuring a High-Quality Skilled Workforce

8 a.m.
Bus departs hotel for Dubiski Career High School

8:30 a.m.
Arrive at Dubiski Career High School: 2990 State Hwy 161, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Tour Dubiski Career High School, including lunch served by SkillsUSA Culinary Arts students.

1 p.m.
Bus departs Dubiski Career High School for return to hotel

Local Program Success: Ensuring a High-Quality Skilled Workforce

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
SkillsUSA Local Partner and Alumni strategies in support of CTE and SkillsUSA learn about the new SkillsUSA strategy to leverage the over 12 million former SkillsUSA members as well as local partners in strengthening CTE and SkillsUSA on the local level.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Local Program Success: Ensuring a High-Quality Skilled Workforce

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
PANEL: Scaling the SkillsUSA model – how we reach more students, teachers and communities with critical CTE programs and SkillsUSA chapters.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
BREAKOUT GROUPS: Closing the Skilled Trades Gap Together – Let’s Talk About Data                                                 

4:30 – 5 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 11

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking with SkillsUSA Staff

Leveraging Your Philanthropic Support: Leaders in Workforce Development

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Public Relations Strategies that Work
Hear from the companies that are maximizing their SkillsUSA sponsorship through public relations strategies as well as learn more about the new resources available to tackle the talent pipeline shortage and branding needs of SkillsUSA Partners.

Leveraging Your Philanthropic Support: Leaders in Workforce Development

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Partners Building Company Culture – Engaging Employees in Supporting the Next Generation of Skilled Workers
Learn about the exciting new opportunities to create awareness of your corporate philanthropic initiatives with SkillsUSA and provide the opportunity to engage and align employee giving in support of America’s future skilled workforce.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Closing Keynote: How to be the company your future employees want to work for and stay with
Cara Silletto, Crescendo Strategies

12 noon
Lunch – Cara Silletto joins informally
Grab and Go, plus option for seating/networking as desired