Workforce2030 Conference

October 16-17 | Springfield

The sixth annual Workforce2030 Conference is coming to Springfield! Workforce2030 will explore the many strategies and programs that Missouri’s employers, educators and organizations can implement leading up to the year 2030 to make our state the home of a thriving, vibrant workforce.

Member rate: $325 | Non-member rate: $400


Check out highlights from our 2023 Workforce Conference.

We look forward to you joining us next October in Springfield!

2023 Highlights

Hotel Info

The 2024 conference will be held at the Glendalough Conference Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 2431 N. Glenstone Ave.

Hotel rooms at the DoubleTree are available at a discounted rate of $129/night until 9/22. Click the link below to book now!

To book over the phone, please call 417-831-3131 and use the group code 91A.

Book by Sept. 22

What's Included?

Wednesday, Oct. 16 | 9am – 6pm*

Content: Several keynote sessions and multiple breakout segments in concentrated tracks.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and a welcome reception included.

Thursday, Oct. 17 | 8am – 1:30pm*

Content: Two keynote sessions and multiple breakout segments in concentrated tracks. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

*all times subject to change. 

View the 2023 Agenda

SPEAKERS - stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

Ted Abernathy

Ted Abernathy serves as the Managing Partner of Economic Leadership, LLC. Economic Leadership, based in Shallotte, NC, is a small group of data, strategy, and policy experts working with private and public clients to analyze competitiveness, develop strategy, support leadership, and reimagine the future. Over the past nine years, the team has worked on 146 projects in more than twenty states and internationally. He has authored numerous reports for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which have led to some of the most significant economic policy changes in the last decade. Ted is the principal author of close to 100 reports on future trends, economic and workforce development, technology, and leadership, and he speaks on the economy almost every week. He currently serves as an economic advisor to the Council of State Chambers and previously held a similar position to the Southern Governor’s Association.

In his 42-year career, Ted has led city, county, and regional economic development organizations and an economic policy think tank. Born in Dallas, North Carolina, Ted received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his master’s from Johns Hopkins University, is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics.  

He and his wife live in a small town on the North Carolina coast and share their backyard with hundreds of sea birds and quite a few alligators.

Ms. Bartlett recently obtained her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance from Logan University. She completed college as a working adult, wife, and mom of three. She is passionate about empowering individuals like herself to pursue their educational goals, regardless of their age or background. She currently advocates for adult learners in a number of ways, serving as an ambassador for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), as a member of the Adult Learner Network for the state of Missouri, and on the Adult Learner task force at Jefferson College.

Ms. Dickey’s been with the agency for ten years, previously serving in legislative, project management and policy development roles. Through her work, she has strived for systems that support equitable student success so individuals can achieve their full potential. Samantha holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Truman State University.

Dr. Mountz is Director of Adult Degree Completion (ADC) at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Missouri in Columbia. In addition to serving as Director of ADC, he is also active in the community, serving on his local Head Start Policy Council, as a Commissioner for the Joplin Historic Preservation Commission, and as a Board Member for Heartland Opera Theatre.

As President and CEO, Jack has helped grow the diverse SRC Holdings family of ten businesses into a leading brand in the automotive and off-highway markets with annual sales nearing $1 billion and a workforce of over 2,000 employee-owners.

SRC’s journey began in 1983 when Jack led an employee buyout of a single factory from International Harvester. From its start, SRC embraced a new system for running a business. Jack details that journey and the “open-book management” practices SRC adopted in his acclaimed books, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome, which he co-authored with Bo Burlingham. Jack also wrote a third book, Change The Game: Saving the American Dream by Closing the Gap Between The Haves And The Have-Nots with Darren Dahl.

Under Jack’s leadership, and their commitment to employee empowerment and ownership, business literacy, and financial transparency, SRC has earned numerous accolades over the years, including the National Business Ethics Award, the Business Enterprise Trust Award, and the Txemi Cantera International Prize in Bilbao, Spain. Jack also became the first sitting CEO to be named to an Executive Fellowship at the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing.

Away from work, Jack is a dedicated philanthropist in his community of Springfield, Missouri, including founding the Boys and Girls Clubs “Invest to Invest Club” to support youth programs and foster business understanding among club members. Jack is also devoted to his family, celebrating 51 years of marriage with his wife, Betsy, and cherishing the roles of father to five children and grandfather to 13. When he’s not at home with his family, you can find Jack bass fishing out on the Table Rock Lake where he’s still chasing the big one that got away.

Leigh Anne Taylor Knight is a resourceful, future-focused leader who currently serves The DeBruce Foundation in Kansas City as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. The Foundation’s mission is to expand pathways to economic growth and opportunity. It seeks to help people discover what they want to do and what they’re good at doing, to open more career possibilities for the future of work.

Dr. Taylor Knight is driven to lead the leveraging of resources across sectors for innovative learning, rigorous research, and community collaboration in order to improve economic development and the quality of life. A teacher at heart, Leigh Anne has also served as a K-12 assistant superintendent, advised learning institutions across the nation, and led a bi-state consortium providing powerful tools for data-driven educational research to inform practice and policy.

Bringing together stakeholders to activate synergistic solutions is a favorite expertise. She values identifying talents and strengths in others, coaching them to improve their capabilities, and finding roles in which each can maximize one’s potential to result in optimal team success. Advocating for and executing programs where the voices of young people resonate to make a difference are her true passion.

Active on a variety of boards across her career, she currently serves on Mizzou Alumni Association Governing Board, Advisory Board to University of Kansas-Edwards, Board of Trustees for University of Missouri-Kansas City, ExCPT Certification Governing Board of the National Healthcare Association and Startland. In addition, she enjoys being engaged in an advisory role to boards for Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, KC Stem Alliance, LeanLab, LaunchCode, KU Workforce Development, and Griffiths Leadership Society.

After graduating from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Secondary Education, Leigh Anne earned her Education Specialist’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her doctorate from the University of Kansas in Education Policy and Leadership.

Ms. Winter leads MOCAN’s work to increase postsecondary access, affordability, and completion for Missouri students living in low-income communities, particularly those who are Black, Hispanic, and living in rural areas. Ms. Winter is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, and of Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in English.


If you’re interested in learning more you can click below to view our sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Burruss at or call 573-634-3511.





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If you have questions, contact Ashley Schwab.

Ashley Schwab

Director of Conference Development