Welcome to the 2022 Skills in the States Forum!

The Skills in the States Forum convenes state and local leaders from across the country who are working to bring skills training opportunities to more people through policy changes in their states to ensure an inclusive economic recovery.

At the 2022 Forum, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Learn about new policy innovations and key workforce development issues in the states
  • Discuss strategies for moving policies forward in your state
  •  Hear how partners across our state networks are organizing around skills policies that expand economic opportunity and racial equity for workers while boosting local businesses. And learn how you can get involved!

Hope to see you in New Orleans in the fall!


The 2022 Skills in the States Forum will begin at approximately 12pm CT on Thursday, November 3, 2022, and conclude around 2pm CT on Friday, November 4, 2022. The Forum will include ample networking time and include sessions on:  

  • Advancing Racial Equity in Workforce Development 
  • The Digital Equity Act  
  • Tuition Assistance  
  • Career Pathways and maximizing SNAP E&T 
  • Amplifying worker voice and building broad-based coalitions 
  • And more…! 

View the Event Schedule

Meet our Keynote Speaker!

Clair Minson LCPC, NCC

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Register now using the customized link sent to you via email! This event is invitation only and your invitation is non-transferrable. Register by the October 3, 2022, deadline!

The 2022 Skills in the States Forum will be held at:

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Two Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Please use the link below to make your room reservation or call 800-445-8667 and ask for a room for the 2022 Skills in the States Forum using group code: NSC. To guarantee the special group rate of $249.00 plus applicable taxes, you must make your reservation no later than Monday, October 3, 2022.

Hotel Reservations

COVID-19 Policies & Safety Protocols

Your health and safety are a priority for us. The 2022 Skills in the States Forum will follow CDC guidelines for in-person events, as well as federal and local requirements.  

Attendees must provide proof of vaccination that includes a primary COVID-19 vaccination series and a booster shot if you are eligible, according to CDC guidelines 

Please submit your vaccination card here or email it to Erin Sheehan at erins@nationalskillscoalition.org by October 3, 2022.  

We have updated our COVID-19 mask protocol consistent with latest CDC guidance. Masks are welcome but not required indoors. Anyone needing or choosing to wear one is encouraged to do so. Face masks will be available at the registration desk.  

Attendees must also agree to National Skills Coalition’s COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement – Liability Waiver and Release of Claims when they register to attend the event. 

We will take additional steps to ensure your safety and comfort: 

  • Attendees will have the option of wearing a wristband to indicate they are personally practicing social distancing 
  • Sanitation stations will be well-populated throughout the event space 
  • Touch points will be minimized during meals 
  • All A/V equipment will be cleaned and sterilized as needed 

Please note that we will update our Covid-19 safety protocol to reflect the latest CDC guidance, federal and local rules, and best safety practices for indoor events. 

Cancellation Policy 

Skills in the States Forum registration may be cancelled until October 3, 2022. All cancellations should be submitted in writing to Michael Richardson at michaelr@nationalskillscoalition.org.

In the event of another serious Covid-19 outbreak, the in-person event may be cancelled or postponed. 


Please reach out to Michael Richardson at michaelr@nationalskillscoalition.org with any questions.