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2018 Skills in the States Forum



This year’s Skills in the States Forum was held in Evanston, IL on October 9th and 10th and was attended by over 100 people from twenty-nine states representing a diverse range of stakeholders with two shared goals: creating more opportunities for workers to move into good jobs and increasing economic growth in their states by investing in the skills of all people. The Forum featured a plenary on getting skills policies on Governors’ agendas, as well as breakout sessions that delved deeper into working with gubernatorial administrations and state legislatures. Other topics covered included strategies for advancing employer-based upskilling, work-based learning, job training and the safety net, and equitable employment, among others.

Download the full program here.

Steering Committee:

The 2018 Skills in the States Forum was developed with guidance from six workforce development leaders in National Skills Coalition’s state network.

  • Luis Barrera Castañón - Director, Strategic Operations, Workforce and Career Development at Goodwill Southern California
  • Meridith Berger - Director, Existing Industry Services at Greensboro Chamber of Commerce (North Carolina)
  • Marybeth Campbell – Executive Director at SkillWorks (Massachusetts)
  • Erin Frasier - Policy Associate, Workforce Education at Washington State Board for Community
  • Sarah Labadie – Senior Policy Associate at Women Employed (Illinois)
  • Bonita Robertson – Director of Workforce Initiatives at Greater New Orleans Foundation (Louisiana)
  • Caryn York – Executive Director at Job Opportunities Task Force (Maryland)



A conversation with Matt Williams from the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative.

Plenary: Using a Regional Lens to Advance a Policy Agenda across States


The Skills in the States Forum is made possible through the generous financial support of: