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Tuesday, September 20
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Opening Ceremonies

Imperial Ballroom - B2 Level


NASWA Welcome


Rob Asaro-Angelo, NASWA Board Chair 2021-2022 and Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Color Guard Presentation of the Colors

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome to Illinois


Kristin Richards, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (invited)

A Word from our Diamond Sponsor


Relentlessly Resilient 

Picture of Jennie Taylor, Gold Star Wife


Jennie Taylor, Gold Star Wife

Taylor is the widow of Army Major Brent Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan by a member of the Afghan security forces in 2018. The National Guard officer was on his fourth year-long tour when he was cut down.

She is raising their seven children and shares her story of living through tragedy, moving forward and creating a legacy of patriotism by being relentlessly resilient.

A Word from our Platinum Sponsors, Equifax, FAST Enterprises, and Solid State Operations