Josh Davies, CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit on Nov. 15 at Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. The event, hosted by the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, will focus on work ethic and soft skills and bring together business and policy leaders with educators from area school districts.
Davies has worked to develop foundational soft skills in the global workforce, partnered with groups in 47 states and eight countries and helped companies build skills that are in demand, according to a news release. In his speech, he will discuss steps to help employers and educators “effect lasting change.”
The summit also will include Takisha Moncrief and Jarrod Ramsey. Moncrief and her husband, Sidney Moncrief, run Moncrief One Team, a company teaching people leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Sidney Moncrief, who was a Razorback basketball all-American, played in in the NBA for 11 years. Takisha Moncrief will share how the company works with adults and youth to prepare them for success in the workplace and explain the mission of the Moncrief-Wade Institute for College and Career Readiness.
Ramsey, who is vice president of technology at Rockfish Digital, “will inspire with his passion for technology education, the internet of things, and how educators and employers can prepare the emerging workforce for the ever-changing technological landscape,” the release shows. Also, representatives of Wal-Mart Stores will be on hand to share the Bentonville-based retailer’s plans and its impact on the workforce in the region.
Along with the summit, the Springdale Chamber of Commerce will host a Career Exploration Expo for area high school students at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center on Nov. 14. The students will have the opportunity to visit with more than 30 area employers and learn about careers and the skills and training needed to succeed. Davies also will address the students to help them understand work ethic development and its impacts.
Admission to the summit is $49 and includes lunch. Click here or contact the Springdale Chamber of Commerce at 479-872-2222 to purchase the tickets.