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2024 Employer Summit

April 10, 2024

9:30 am — 4:00 pm (AZ Time)

A Summit for Progress, Equality, & Success in the Workplace

In today’s tight labor market, attracting a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment that retains top talent is vital.

To support you in this effort, Fresh Start is thrilled to announce our second Employer Summit! This event will convene experts from the Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Economic Security (DES), and other organizations to share best practices and lead conversations about how to recruit and retain diverse, qualified workforce candidates.

Join us for a day filled with networking, insightful presentations by employment experts, and conversations that share best practices and foster progress, equality, and success—for both employee and employer!

Whether you’re a small business owner, an HR professional within a larger organization, a skilled recruiter, or interface with workforce development in any other capacity, we’d love to see you there!


9:30am – 10:00am: Welcome & Light Breakfast

10:00am – 10:20am: Opening Remarks by Kim McWaters, Fresh Start President & CEO

10:20am – 11:20am: Panel Discussion: “Rethinking What a Good Job Looks Like”

  • Moderator: Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, Regional Administrator, Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
  • Panelists:
    – Mary Jo O’Neill, Phoenix District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    – Elsie Darcy, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, DOL
    – Joann Bueno, Interim State Apprenticeship Director, DES Workforce Solutions Administration
    – Max Gibbons, Jobs for the Future
    – Sharise Erby, Phoenix Women’s Commission

11:20am – 11:30am: BREAK

11:30am – 12:00pm: Keynote I: Workforce Investment Act: Your Partner in Building Your Workforce Pipeline Talent

  • Speaker: Deb Furlong, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development

12:00pm – 12:45pm: LUNCH

12:45pm – 1:30pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Session 1: “Apprenticeships” with Joann Bueno Interim State Apprenticeship Director, DES Workforce Solutions Administration
  • Session 2: “Labor Trafficking and Child Labor Laws: How Employers Can Be Part of the Solution” with Mary Jo O’Neill (EEOC) and Elsie Darcy (DOL)

1:30pm – 1:45pm: BREAK

1:45pm – 2:30pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Session 1: “Overview of New Legislation: Pump Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” with Mary Jo O’Neill (EEOC) and Sarah Thornton (DOL)
  • Session 2: “Pay Equality” with Sharise Erby, Phoenix Women’s Commission

2:30pm – 2:45pm: BREAK

2:45pm – 3:30pm: Keynote II: “Skills-Based Hiring” with Max Gibbons, Jobs for the Future

3:25pm – 3:30pm: Raffle & Closing Remarks

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Table Time for employers to talk further with the speakers and networking

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