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Skills Summit 2020

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This year's big advocacy event takes place from February 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM to February 5th, 2020 at 4:00 PM.

Here's what you can expect at the 2020 Skills Summit:

  • Networking with workforce leaders: The Skills Summit draws some of the best leadership in post-secondary education, community-based programming, labor, workforce intermediaries, and state administrators from across the country.

  • State delegation-building and advocacy: With technical assistance from NSC, you will work with colleagues from your state to curate your regional skills priorities, hone your messaging, and meet with your Congressional offices as a diverse but cohesive delegation to provide a full picture of the training and education landscape in your state. 

Louisiana delegation meets with Senator Bill Cassidy
Louisiana delegation meets with Senator Bill Cassidy

  • Up-to-the-minute federal policy updates: You will be brought up to speed with policy movement on the Hill, what to expect, and how to use that information to pack a punch in your meetings with Congressional offices.

  • Develop a relationship with your representatives: A single meeting with your legislator’s office can put your organization in front of the folks that get things done, and begin a conversation with them that you can continue back home.

  • Move the needle on federal skills policy: Last year, 500 participants attended over 160 meetings with Congressmembers. These meetings are the big push needed to get bills introduced and sponsored.

Massachusetts delegation advocating for skills


Check out the working agenda for the Skills Summit:

Monday, February 3rd:

1:00 - 2:50 PM Plenary The 2020 Skills for Good Jobs Agenda
2:50 - 3:10 PM Delegation Coordination Optimizing the Skills Summit
3:20 - 4:50 PM  Breakout session Work-based learning: Beyond apprenticeship
  Breakout session The Higher Education Act: Bipartisan opportunities

 Tuesday, February 4th:

9:00 - 10:30 AM Plenary Skills in the 2020 Election: Public opinion, the press, and the digital universe
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Interactive policy development session Future of work: Digital literacy
  Interactive policy development session Future of work: Business engagement
  Interactive policy development session Future of work: Reemployment
12:15 - 2:00 PM Lunch plenary NSC's 20th Anniversary & Looking Ahead
2:15 - 3:45 PM Breakout session The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: 5 years later
2:15 - 3:45 PM Breakout session Capitol Hill bootcamp for first timers
4:00 - 5:00 PM Hill prep session Meeting strategy: Asks and stories
4:45 - 6:30 PM Reception Awards reception

Wednesday. February 5:

TBD (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM) Breakfast plenary on Capitol Hill Advocacy for Skills Policy with a racial equity lens
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Capitol Hill Hill and Agency meetings
TBD Hill briefing Digital skills and the American workforce: New data on gaps by industry, plus policy opportunities literacy
TBD Hill briefing Veterans and skills
TBD Hill briefing The Community College Compact
4:00 - 5:30 PM Reception Closing reception

Learn about our special incentive!

Have dinner on us! National Skills Coalition will recognize folks that are able to recruit their partners by offering both the recruiter and the new attendee a $50 Visa gift card to share a dinner and talk strategy. 

Everyone knows of a great colleague from another organization who has never made it out DC, that could really enrich your conversations with your legislators. Expand your state delegation at the Skills Summit and create more impact on the Hill! 


1. New delegation members are defined as: partners that strengthen your local workforce pipelines like training providers, community-based organizations, workforce investment boards, or other workforce professionals that would find the Skills Summit relevant to their work. 

2. In order to qualify as “new” delegation members, they need to be new attendee of the Skills Summit or have not attended the Summit in at least 2 years. 

3. New partner referrals are identified on the registration page by the new registrant. The new registrant will list the person that recruited them on the space provided. This is the only way that the referral is recognized and made eligible. 

4. Referrals eligible for the gift card incentive are limited to 5 registrants per referring organization and each registrant that qualifies needs to be from a different organization. For instance, if a Summit attendee recruits a partnering organization and 3 people from the same organization register, the recruiter receives 1 gift card and the new organization receives 1 gift card. If an attendee recruits 3 people from three distinct local organizations, the recruiter receives 3 gift cards and the 3 new recruits each receive 1 gift card. 

5. This incentive ends on January 6th, 2020; each new referral needs to have registered by close of business on January 6th, 2019 to be eligible for the gift cards. 

6. Eligibility will be confirmed with both the recruiter and the new attendee via email and gift cards will be distributed at the registration desk. 

Contact Hayley Kaplan at events@nationalskillscoalition.org with any questions.