Update: 2020 ACT Workforce Summit

It is with a heavy heart we announce that the 2020 ACT Workforce Summit in Memphis has been postponed.

This was a difficult decision to make. Every year, we look forward to seeing you as we gather in a different city to share stories, learn from each other's successes and failures, meet new friends facing similar challenges, and so much more. After monitoring the situation for several months, the utmost importance is to put first the health and safety of our partners, customers, employees, and everyone involved. 

We are committed to the city of Memphis for the fall of 2021. And while nothing can compare to a national, in-person Summit, we will create new ways to connect with you all between now and next year. 

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Each year we gather in a different city to discuss how to foster vibrant partnerships, sustain a robust workforce, and ultimately make an impact in our communities. We assemble experts like you from business, education, workforce, Work Ready Communities, and economic development looking to produce a highly skilled workforce. 

Together, we can celebrate our collective potential to develop a qualified and more innovative workforce, foster business and economic growth, and help build stronger communities.

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Workforce Summit 2019 Presentations

Why Attend?

Workforce Development is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Industry 

As you know, workforce development is so much more than just employers and job seekers. The charge is wide and deep, and ACT understands that challenge. The ACT Workforce Summit is a one-of-a-kind annual event designed to assemble the many different stakeholders involved in workforce development. When we come together to connect and share different perspectives, everyone walks away armed with practical takeaways and insight to improve their community.

Learn how major cities have made significant economic gains. Each year the Workforce Summit moves to a different city. Attendees benefit from hearing how local boots on the ground overcame economic adversity in their community.

Hear from the best and brightest in the industry. A dynamic speaker lineup brings together experts and innovators evolving the way we develop talent and foster thriving communities. 

Discover the latest trends and tools for workforce development. We’ll tackle a wide range of topics from upskilling and reskilling, the future of workforce, essential skills, work-based learning, career readiness, and more!


Connect with your peers in the workforce ecosystem. Make the most of your professional development and training with like-minded individuals who understand your challenges. Employers, educators, economic development and WRC members come together in one location.

Meet the ACT Workforce community. Our team will be on-site to help you make the most of your experience and provide the scoop on what's new regarding all things #ACTWorkforce.

Build a better workforce. This three-day event is just the beginning. You'll leave the Summit feeling energized with fresh ideas and new additions to your toolkit. Get inspired and take action items and new strategies back to your team to help your community thrive and prosper.

See What Past Attendees Have to Say

Andy Hepburn, Chief Innovation Officer for GPS Education Partners in Wisconsin

Denny Smith, Directing of Testing and Assessment at Calhoun Community College in Alabama 

Rohina Behrmann, Director of Employment Services at The Full Employment Council in Missouri 

Troy Roland, Functional Manager of the Missouri Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho

Chris Manheim, President of Manheim Solutions in Illinois

Don’t forget to join the conversation before the event. The community is always tweeting #ACTWorkforce. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

For more information about the ACT Workforce Summit, please contact Liz Conlon at elizabeth.conlon@act.org or 319.337.1312.