Workforce Summit

At this time the Workforce Summit has been postponed for an indefinite period of time. We will re-evaluate the feasibility of holding the event in 2021.


summit Details: 

Theme: Together We Can Achieve More!
Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM 
Location: Bridge View Center, Ottumwa, IA 
Cost: $35.00
Keynote Speaker: Kyle Horn & Brenda Clark Hamilton

Note: Please use the quantity field to register multiple attendees from the same company. For example if you are registering three people from your company in addition to yourself, enter 4 in the quantity field. 

Summit Agenda:

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration & Check-In
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote, “A New Kind of Hero”
Kyle Horn, America’s Job Honors

10:10 - 11:00 AM Breakout Sessions
  Session 1: Registered Apprenticeship
Amy Beller, IWD Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Session 2: Bridges Out of Poverty
Vern Reed, ASPIRE Program Coordinator, Ottumwa Community Schools

  Session 3: Empower Rural Iowa Initiative
Liesl Seabert, Program Manager, Empower Rural Iowa Initiative
11:10 - 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions
  Session 1: What’s New in Employment Law
Gayla Harrison, Harrison, Moreland, Webber & Simplot, P.C.
  Session 2: Quality Pre-Apprenticeship

Amy Beller, IWD Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator


Session 3: Future Ready Iowa 
Kathy Leggett

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 1:50 PM

Keynote, “ Who is the Newest Kid on the Block. Anticipating ‘Gen Z in the Workplace”
Brenda Clark Hamilton

2:00 - 2:50 PM Breakout Sessions
  Session 1: Best Practices for Remote Workers
Industry Panel

Session 2: Pursuing a Trade: Local Success Stories
Participant Panel

  Session 3: Regional Demographics
Dave Swenson, Economist, Iowa State University
3:00 - 3:50 PM Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Regional Talent Attraction
Ashley Moyer, Executive Director, Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions, Indian Hills Community College


Session 2: Work Based Learning
Jake Welchens and Nate Miller 


Session 3: Iowa Workforce Development
Michelle McNertney and Michael Witt


Keynote Speakers:  


Kyle HornKyle Horn is an advocate for our nation's untapped workforce, and a believer that people with passion and commitment can change the world.

Five years ago he launched America’s Job Honor Awards: A nonprofit celebrating people who overcome employment barriers and the employers who hire them. The organization has grown into a multi-state movement with national recognition.

Kyle’s mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across the nation, by celebrating a new kind of hero. He shares his story to promote opportunities for struggling job seekers, and to ignite a passion for service in others.


Brenda Clark

Brenda Clark Hamilton is a dynamic keynote speaker who offers fresh perspectives in leadership, communication, team-building, change management, and offering one’s personal best to life, relationships, and career. 

​Brenda launched her speaking business in the fall of 2005, by offering training to businesses in her northern Iowa community. She spoke at her first statewide conference in January of 2008. Since that time, she has become a nationally-recognized conference speaker and audience favorite, keynoting at hundreds of events in twenty states.

​Audiences are quick to note Brenda’s sense of humor, in-depth knowledge, high energy, and skill at keeping them engaged. She refers to her programs as ‘Fresh Coffee’ noting that she strives to keep them new, fresh, and invigorating.

Brenda speaks at approximately 100 events each year, in every industry imaginable. Her recent speaking venues have included several trips to Colorado Springs to provide professional development for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. 

​Brenda’s career experience includes coordinating professional development for 1200 Iowa teachers. She holds a Master’s degree in education.

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Contact Us:

If you have any questions or concerns about the 2020 Workforce Summit, just reach out to one of the contacts listed below.

Ashley Moyer headshotAshley Moyer, Executive Director, Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5227 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5227


Jennifer Erdmann headshotJennifer Erdmann, Operations Manager, IowaWORKS
Indian Hills Community College, IowaWORKS

North Campus, 14383 College Ave. Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 684-5401, ext. 40042