Workforce2030 Conference–MAWD



Wednesday, April 21—Friday, April 23, 2021


9:00AM-1:00PM each day




In today’s fierce competition for growth, workforce is the most effective tool for attracting jobs and business investment. Even during high unemployment numbers during the pandemic, many employers still found that they lacked candidates with the right skills. We need to upskill and reskill workers who find themselves unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic as Missouri seeks to grow its economy and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Over the coming decade, companies will locate themselves where they have access to a top-quality workforce. We want to ensure that place is Missouri.  

The third annual Workforce2030 Conference will explore the many strategies and programs that Missouri’s employers, educators and organizations can implement to make our state the home of a vibrant talent pool. Stemming from the findings of the Missouri Chamber Foundation report, Workforce2030, this collaborative, multidisciplinary event will offer resources, knowledge from state and national experts, and networking opportunities to help Missouri build the world’s best workforce.

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Marilyn Bush
Business Banking Market Executive
Gateway Market, Bank of America

Marilyn is the Business Banking Market Executive for the Gateway Market, serving private sector companies in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. In this role, she leads a team of relationship managers who deliver strategic financial advice and solutions to growth-oriented companies to improve cash flow, structure capital projects and manage debt, provide advice on international expansion and maximize company’s enterprise value. As a 36-year veteran of Bank of America, Marilyn has dedicated her career to delivering commercial banking services to both private and public sector. Read More

Silas Dulan
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As director, Silas Dulan is responsible for developing, implementing and cultivating Evergy’s overarching diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.Silas began his career with Evergy in 2016 as Sr. HR Business Partner. Subsequently, he served as Trading Analyst within the company’s Power Marketing Department. He has led the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts since June 2019. Before joining Evergy, he served as Financial Business Manager then University Recruiting Manager at Kiewit, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Director of Retention for Baker University, and at Sprint in Supply Chain Management. Read More

Steve Edwards

Steven D. Edwards is the President and CEO of CoxHealth, a private not-for-profit healthcare system operating 6 hospitals, over 85 clinics, a provider based insurance company and other enterprises employing over 12,500 people and generating $1.66 B in annual revenue. CoxHealth has been recognized for distinguished quality, as a best hospital by US News and World Report, and a best place to work by SBJ, Modern Healthcare and Forbes magazine. Read More

Bob Ferrell
Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
World Wide Technology

Retired Army Lieutenant General Robert (Bob) Ferrell serves as Vice President of Public Sector Strategy at World Wide Technology (WWT), a privately held global technology solution provider with $14B in annual revenue and over 7000 employees. He has held this position since September 2017. In this role, Bob interfaces with WWT’s wide array of industry, federal, defense, state and local partners to develop and manage Public Sector strategy in order to deliver business and technology outcomes for next generation capabilities. Read More

Anna Hui
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

Anna Hui was appointed Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in March of 2017 and confirmed by the Senate in January 2018, making her the first Asian American to serve in the governor’s cabinet in Missouri history. For over two decades, Anna has worked in numerous senior positions in both state and federal government. Anna started her public service career working for Illinois Governor Jim Edgar as the Special Assistant to the Governor for Asian-American affairs and then for Governor George Ryan, as a senior member of the Washington, D.C. policy management team. Read More

Jamie Merisotis
President & CEO

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, human work and talent development, and public policy. He has been Lumina’s president and CEO since 2008. He previously was co-founder and president of the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy and also served as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability appointed by the U.S. president and congressional leaders. Read More

Zora Mulligan
Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Zora Mulligan has served as Missouri’s Commissioner of Higher Education since August 2016. During her time as commissioner, Mulligan and her team have partnered with colleges and universities around the state to substantially improve transfer for Missouri students, increase graduation rates by offering alternatives to remedial coursework, and implement new rules that give public colleges and universities greater ability to meet statewide and regional workforce needs. Read More

Matt Sigelman
Burning Glass Technologies

Matt Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence technologies that have cracked the genetic code of the job market. Powered by the world’s largest and most sophisticated database of jobs and talent, Burning Glass delivers real-time data and breakthrough planning tools that inform careers, define academic programs, and shape workforces. Burning Glass has helped to fill millions of jobs and its data drive initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments. Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and the White House. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.

Brad Thomas
Silver Dollar City Attractions

Brad began his career with Silver Dollar City in 1991, and has held various leadership roles in Merchandise, Special Events and Park Management and was promoted to General Manager in 2000. In 2008, Brad also took on the role of Senior Vice President. In this position, Brad also oversees day-to-day operations at Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle and White Water. Brad earned his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) and MBA from Missouri State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Missouri and currently chairs the Board of Directors of Leadership Missouri Alumni Association. He has earned the Certified Festival and Event Executive designation (CFEE) from the International Festivals and Events Association. An active member of his community, Brad serves/has served on several Boards of Directors including the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Branson’s Skaggs Hospital Foundation Board and of Lost and Found.

Dr. Cheryl Throgmorton
Diversity and Inclusion Instructor
Webster University
Leadership Trainer
Psychological Associates’ Q4 Edge Leadership Training Program

Cheryl Throgmorton, EdD has over 25 years of organization development, human resource management and leadership experience in a variety of industries. A common thread of both personal and professional passion and practice throughout her career has been being a part of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy development and implementation. Diversity and Inclusion training was the topic of her master’s thesis and her doctoral dissertation was a study of how high-quality co-worker relationships are formed and sustained across racial or ethnic difference.Read more

Dr. Margie Vandeven
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Margie Vandeven is passionate about ensuring that each child has the opportunity to graduate prepared for success. She has more than 30 years of student-centered service in education, including five at Missouri’s top educational post. She is a teacher who has provided education leadership in the classroom, school, state and national roles assumed throughout her career.Vandeven joined the Department in 2005. She was appointed commissioner of elementary and secondary education by the Missouri State Board of Education in December 2014 and served in that capacity until December 2017. Read More

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