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Join us in commemorating “40 Years of Excellence” of NAWDP’s Annual Conference on May 20-22, 2024 in San Antonio, TX. NAWDP’s 40th Annual Conference promises an enriching experience filled with invaluable insights, cutting-edge strategies, and collaborative opportunities. This event brings together thought leaders, professionals and enthusiasts in the field, providing a unique platform to share knowledge, explore emerging trends, and celebrate our collective achievements.

Why should you be part of this event?

  1. Unparalleled Networking: Connect with fellow professionals, exchange ideas, and build relationships with individuals who share your passion for workforce development.
  2. Innovative Workshops: Gain access to a diverse range of workshops and presentations covering the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions in the field.
  3. Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Be inspired by renowned speakers who have made significant contributions to workforce development, bringing their expertise and insights to the forefront.
  4. Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence: Join us in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of NAWDP over the past four decades, acknowledging the impact we’ve collectively made on the workforce development landscape.

By registering for NAWDP’s 40th Annual Conference, you’re not just attending an event – you’re becoming a part of a community committed to excellence and progress in workforce development. Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to be a part of our celebration. Register now and be ready to elevate your understanding, connections, and impact in the realm of workforce development.

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NAWDP’s 40th Annual Conference session will be focused on the following learning tracks:

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Technology: This learning track will focus on promising practices and strategies using AI and technology to enhance and improve workforce programs. Examples include: Using ChatGPT, Virtual Reality, Social Media, etc.
  2. Expanding Opportunities for Vulnerable Workers and Communities: From ETA 2030 Vision “Ensure our programs focus on workers and communities who have been left behind – from reentry, to rural, to opportunity youth”. This track will focus on promising practices in serving target populations.
  3. Leadership in Workforce Development: This track will focus on principles of leadership and methods that promote leadership development.
  4. Utilizing Data and Labor Market Information: This track will focus on using data and LMI to make informed decisions, to enhance workforce programs and provide quality services to businesses and job seekers.
  5. Fiscal, Programmatic and Operational Strategies: This track will focus on fiscal management, operations and strategies to measure performance, results and impact. Examples may include braiding funds, understanding financial management principles, and measuring impact of workforce programs.
  6. Improving Access to Good JobsGood Jobs Principles (dol.gov) Examples include Career Pathways, Sector Partnerships, Supportive Services, Apprenticeships, Advancing Equity
  7. Developing Strategic Partnerships: This track will focus on strategic partnerships that promote workforce programs and opportunities.
  8. General Workforce Topics

Review the Schedule
A tentative schedule at a glance has been released which outlines the general schedule from Sunday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 22. Click here to view.

A detailed schedule with workshop descriptions can be found here.


NAWDP will host three concurrent pre-conference sessions from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on May 19, 2024 prior to the official start of the conference. These sessions will be offered at no cost and feature work with three of NAWDP’s grant partners. You can register for one of the pre-conference sessions below during the registration process. Pre-conference sessions are available only to in-person attendees and space is limited! If you have already registered and would like to add a pre-conference session, please send an email to [email protected].

Session: Elevate Business Services Representative (BSR) Sector Strategy Work Through Non-Traditional Sector Partnerships
Presented by: Next Level Now (NLN) Collaborative: The NLN Collaborative community serves as U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training’s hub for delivering strategic, short- and long-term technical assistance (TA) to the public workforce system partners, assisting them at the state and local level as they improve services, quality, and outcomes for jobseekers and employers. In addition to developing and disseminating field-requested TA tools and resources, the NLN Collaborative will facilitate peer learning opportunities and information sharing, make subject matter experts accessible to increase efficacy and performance, and offer assistance in applying evidence-based practices for all users.

Are you a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) oriented Business Service Representative or a member of a Business Services Team? This dynamic, interactive pre-con session is designed to elevate your sector strategy work, with an emphasis on non-traditional sector partnerships. Click here to view the full session description.

Session: Creating and Sustaining Momentum Through Registered Apprenticeship Networks
Presented by: Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Center of Excellence: The Center is focused on helping key stakeholders across industry, workforce, and education to build and scale strategic partnerships to put more American workers on high-quality apprenticeship career pathways.

The field of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is experiencing rapid growth, and whether you are an expert or new to this domain, this pre-conference session aims to facilitate collaboration among all RA stakeholders in your region. Click here to view the full session description.

Session: Unlocking the Power of Collaboration: Exploring Opportunities Across Youth and Adult Workforce Systems
Presented by: Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth): CAPE-Youth focuses on efforts to improve outcomes for youth and young adults. The Center helps states build capacity in their youth service delivery and workforce systems. It conducts, research, develops partnerships, and shares best practices. In addition, CAPE-Youth helps states identify new opportunities to expand career pathways, work-based learning, strategic partnerships, systems coordination and professional development for practitioners.

Are you interested in creating meaningful, sustainable changes that will improve the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities? This session, presented by CAPE Youth, will examine how meaningful collaborations identified by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can address how youth and young adults with significant barriers to employment can access high-quality jobs and career pathways. Click here to view the full session description.


Regular Registration Rate (through May 8, 2024): $725 NAWDP members/$850 non-members
To receive the member discount, you must be logged in to your account.

If you are registering more than one attendee or you are registering for someone else, please click here.

Refund Policy – Substitutions and cancellations must be sent to Grace Schierling and must be received by May 8, 2024. Cancellations are subject to a $125.00 fee. You can transfer to the virtual option at any time at no charge.




San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter on the Riverwalk, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

NAWDP has reserved a block of rooms at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter for a discounted price of $229/night. Please note, the hotel room block can sell out quickly so you are encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible. Rooms must be reserved by April 26, 2024.

Book Your Room: To make your reservation, call Marriott Reservations toll free at 877-622-3056 and reserve under the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals room block or click here to book your room through the online hotel reservation link.

Overflow Hotel: NAWDP has secured additional rooms at a second hotel, San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk, which can be booked through the same booking link if the conference hotel room block is full.


With over 300 years of history, San Antonio welcomes you to explore the millions of reasons that make up the history of San Antonio. From the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas to one of only two Creative Cities of Gastronomy in the entire United States, there is so much to appreciate in San Antonio. As a confluence of cultures filled with stories waiting to be told, you’re invited to take in the authentic historic locations, savor the unique culinary fusions, experience thrills as fantastic attractions and everything in-between.

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The attire for the conference is business casual.


If you are interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor of the 40th Annual Conference, please review the opportunities here and  contact us to sign up.


For general questions about the Annual Conference, please Contact Us .


Questions or comments?
Contact Georgia Conrad at: [email protected]