Workforce Development Summit 2021

Schedule At A Glance

November 16-18, 2021

The annual Workforce Development Summit is the pinnacle of CEWD’s learning experiences. It brings the industry’s “who’s who” together for strategic dialogues, insight into best practices within the industry and beyond, trend analysis and future-scaping, and the most comprehensive networking that exists in the energy sector’s workforce development arena. Sessions are designed to turn ideas into action for those attending and for the whole industry.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, November 16

Session times are in Eastern Standard Time


Pre-Conference Workshop: Unlock CEWD’s Resources, Toolkits, and Templates


Opening General Session: How the Energy Industry Can Win the Talent War


General Session: What Can We Learn from the Gaps in the Energy Workforce Report?


Critical Conversations: Facilitated Working Sessions

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roadmap for Change Listening Session (2:30-3:30)
  • Decarbonization and the Future of the Energy Workforce (3:45-5:15)

Wednesday, November 17

Session times are in Eastern Standard Time


Early Risers Networking Forum

  • Expanding Diversity in Skilled Trades
  • How Are You Connecting with Community Based Organizations?
  • New Approaches to Military Recruiting
  • Preparing for Knowledge Transfer in the Age of Newly Expected Retirements


Breakout Sessions

  • Training Track: The Results are In…Top Level Take-Aways from Exclusive Energy Training Survey
  • DE&I Track: What the #1 Ranked Utility for Diversity Has Done to Earn that Distinction
  • Community Programs Track: Goodwill of Greater Washington’s New Energy & Construction Career Training Program
  • Business of Workforce Development: Building Reliable Workforce Forecasts


Breakout Sessions

  • Training Track: The New Age of Pre-Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships in the Energy Workforce
  • DE&I Track: PSEG’s Leadership Development Program for Diverse Employees
  • Community Programs Track: Innovation in Increasing Diversity in Skilled Trade Positions
  • Business of Workforce Development Track: The Business Case for Hiring Reservists


Lunch and Learn: Building a Future-Ready Workforce


Breakout Sessions

  • Training Track: Modernizing Industry Training: Mid-American’s Journey 
  • Using the Expanded MOS Translator to Hire Veterans
  • DE&I Track: Lessons Learned from the Campus Energy Network
  • Community Programs Track: Best Practice Sharing from Effective Community Based Organizations
  • Business of Workforce Development: Uniting Together in Messaging About Industry Careers

3:30- 4:20pm

Breakout Sessions

  • DE&I Track: Attracting and Welcoming Neuro-Diversity in Energy Careers
  • Community Programs Track: Creative Youth Engagement Programs
  • Business of Workforce Development Track: Unpacking the Gaps in the Energy Workforce Report


General Session: The Secret Sauce of Talent Recruiting

Thursday, November 18

Session times are in Eastern Standard Time


 CEWD Impact Awards and CEWD Update


 What You Need to Know About the New Jobs Act


 In the Year 2035, the Energy Workforce…


General Session: 5 Questions About Inclusion That Stop Leaders in Their Tracks


 ERG Community Building and Networking

Preliminary program. Schedule subject to change.


  • Training Track
  • DE&I Track
  • Community Programs Track
  • Business of Workforce Development