MSI 8th Annual Workforce Symposium



Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI)
8th Annual Workforce Solutions Symposium

August 8, 2019
9AM – 4:30PM
Liberty University School of Business
Lynchburg, Virginia

Mark your calendar! The 2019 MSI Workforce Solutions Symposium will be held at the new School of Business at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  

This year’s Workforce Solutions Symposium program will include participants from the national MSI academic partner network featuring workforce development and educational best practices from industry, NGOs and academic institutions from across the United States. The day will be filled with breakout sessions, keynote speakers and a nationally known headliner.  The innovative format and location is designed to get each of these groups out of their silos and collaborate to close the workforce skills gap.

SHRM Credits
The Lynchburg Regional SHRM Chapter will be on-site to help HR professionals, hiring managers and front-line supervisors to sign up to earn extra professional development credits towards their SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP re-certification for qualifying activities at the MSI Symposium.

Program Highlights:

  • OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Liberty University Online Programs – Dr. Shawn D. Akers, Online Provost of Liberty University
  • Overview of the Liberty University School of Business – Dr. Dave Brat, Dean of the School of Business (former Congressman – VA 7th Congressional District)
  • Importance of Soft Skills for Employees: Podcast with Educators, Manufacturers and Students – Rick Sizemore, WWRC
  • Talent Retention and the Employee Lifecycle – Simon Nance, Lutron
  • LUNCH SPEAKER: Creating a Pipeline for Disadvantaged Youth – Deon Clark, CEO, TCI Solutions
  • Closing the Career Planning Gap:  Lessons from the Virginia Career Explorer – Katherine DeRosear, Headed2
  • MTM-EasyTime – Time to win! – Mike Mitchell, MTM PSC, and Knuth Jasker, Managing Director Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. (MTM ASSOCIATION) and President of the International MTM Directorate (IMD) (Title Sponsor)
  • Ethics in Cyber Security – Dr. Allen Harper, Center for Cyber Excellence, Liberty University
  • MSI Partner of the Year & Fellow Awards – Dr. Victor Gray, Executive Director, MSI
  • CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Next Generation Workforce Technology Ecosystem: Cloud Based Metrics and Dashboards – Brett Vassey, President & CEO, VMA; Nat Marshall, Chairman, Virginia Board of Workforce Development; The Honorable Kathy Byron, Virginia House of Delegates; Felix Shapiro, Workforce Policy Analyst, Office of Governor Ralph Northam

The Liberty University School of Business’s 78,000-square-foot building is scheduled for completion later this spring.  It will feature a number of innovative spaces, including stock trading simulation rooms with ticker boards, information technology labs, networking and data centers, a 500-seat auditorium, and the Center of Entrepreneurship, which will serve both the campus and local communities.  Liberty University now ranks fifth place in a list of “Top 50 Online Colleges of 2018” compiled by  Attendees will be the first to tour the new School of Business before it officially opens to students.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at this event.  Contact Kimberly Noonan at 804.528.4482 or for details.  All exhibitor tables are SOLD OUT. 

Hotel Accommodations:
The Fairfield Inn & Suites at Liberty University (3777 Candlers Mountain Road Lynchburg, Virginia 24502) is within walking distance to the School of Business.  A block of rooms at the discounted rate of $97 per night has been secured for attendees that would like to stay overnight on August 7th.  If you call by phone (434) 845-1700, please make your reservation under the Virginia Manufacturers Association group block to receive this discounted rate or you can make your reservation online here.  The cut-off date to make a reservation is July 19th.


Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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