WHAT HAS LARRY BEEN UP TO?
I recently presented at two great conferences. The annual conference of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals in Las Vegas was the first national workforce conference in many years to be sold out! Congratulations to the NAWDP board, staff and their hard working Executive Director Bridget Brown for turning out so many people! Over 1200 workforce development professionals attended with many more on the waiting list. It was a wonderful gathering of the workforce community. I am proud to say that over the years I have been invited to present more workshops for NAWDP than any other presenter.
This year I was fortunate to present to huge crowds for both of my workshops. My preconference session, How to Increase Employment Motivation in the Hard Core Hard-to-Employ brought together people from over thirty states. There were so many people in my second session, Cooperation, Coordination and Collaboration! How are They Different and How to Make Them Work Better! that I ran out of handouts even though I had printed many more than the conference organizers suggested. Make sure you go to the NAWDP website and check out their upcoming youth conference and look at the many benefits of membership in the organization.
The California Workforce Association is one of the most active state workforce associations. They produce three excellent conferences a year as well as providing many other benefits such as webinars, regular online updates about workforce development and many other services for their members. You do not have to be from California to join or benefit from being part of this organization.
Their conferences are highly engaging and cutting edge. Part of the reason for this is the conference organizing work of John Baker, a well known national workforce consultant who is known as the CWA Conference Curator. Bob Lanter, the Executive Director of CWA, who has many years of workforce development experience as well as the CWA board all play a very important part in making their conferences, webinars and other services incredibly valuable.
This year at the CWA annual conference, I presented Why Businesses Don't Partner with Us and How You Can Win Them Over! and Employment Counseling with the Hard-to-Employ! It is an honor for me to be able to say that over the years I have been invited to do more training for CWA than any other trainer.