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Wednesday, September 13
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Ceremonies

California Ballroom (Level 2)


NASWA Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance

Michael Harrington, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Labor and NASWA Board Chair, Association Year 2022-2023
Scott B. Sanders, President & CEO, NASWA

Welcome to California!

Opening Introductions

Stewart Knox, Secretary, California Labor and Workforce and Development Agency
Nancy Farias, Director, California Employment Development Department

Forging Public/Private Partnerships to Advance California’s Workforce Development Priorities

With the active support of the Governor, California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) has forged robust partnerships with the philanthropic sector and other community stakeholders to advance the state’s workforce development priorities. This moderated discussion with key state leaders will explore the major accomplishments of these new innovative partnerships and lessons learned that may help inform similar efforts in other states.


Erin Hickey, Deputy Secretary, Communications, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency


Stewart Knox, Secretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Elena Chavez Quezada, Governor Newsom’s Senior Advisor for Social Innovation

A Word from our Diamond Sponsor


Hearing from the Acting Assistant Secretary, ETA, U.S. Department of Labor

Brent Parton, Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

NASWA Affiliates