Skills Development, Future Jobs, Apprenticeships and more


7:00 – 8:00 – Registration 

8:00 – 8:10 – Summit opening remarks – Colleen LaRose – NERETA 

8:10- 9:00 – Workforce Development and the Healthcare Industry – Jane Oates, Working Nation

9:00- 10:00 – Emerging Needs in Health Care Workforce Training, Assessment and Credentialing: Moving from a Profession/Occupation Focus to a Competency Focus. – Dr. Roy Swift, Workcred 

10:00- 10:45 – An overview of Pennsylvania State Workforce Initiatives to support the Healthcare Workforce, including a review of Next Gen Sector Strategy Efforts– Eileen Cipriani, PA Dept. of Labor and Industry 

Break – 10:45-11:00

11:00 – 11:45 – Panel on Diversity and Inclusion in the Healthcare Workforce – Paula Watkins, MAS, Assistant Dean for Admissions,Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Marcine Pickron-Davis, Ph.D.,Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

11:45- 12:30 – Panel on Apprenticeship – Healthcare Career Advancement Program (HCAP), Daniel Bustillo, Executive Director, Rebecca Hall, Associate Director, 1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds, Tamara Robinson, Regional Director, 1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds, MD/DC

Lunch – 12:30 – 1:25

1:30 – 2:30- Heroes to Healthcare – Dave Gregorio

2:30- 3:30 – A Fresh Look at Work-Life Balance for the Health Care Workforce – Glenna  Crooks, Ph.D.

3:30- – 4:30 – Making Measurement Actionable: Closing the Skills Gap through Labor Linked Program PlanningTodd Oldham, Monroe County Community College (NY)

Open Networking – PJ’s 1910 Pub (first floor lobby) -5:00- 6:00

Dinner on your own (click for dining guide)



Economic impacts of healthcare, Cluster/sector strategies, Public health initiatives and more….

8:00 – 8:45 – Keynote:  Health, Wealth and Economic Development    Glenna Crooks, Ph.D.

8:45-9:30 –  Emerging Healthcare Professions: Filling future career, training and certification gaps in healthcare practice and delivery – Dr. Charles Pollack, Thomas Jefferson University

9:30 – 11:00 –  Where to Begin?:  Putting together a local Sector Strategy in Healthcare in Scranton, PA – Brian Ebersole, Executive Director, Springboard Healthy Scranton, Julene Campion, VP Talent – Geisinger, Ida Castro, VP Community Engagement, Geisinger, Terri Bickert, VP Nursing Education, Geisinger, Lindsay Grady, Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Tracy Brundage, President, Keystone College

Break – 11:00-11:10

11:10- 11:55 – Communities of Excellence and Baldridge: How to create healthy and sustainable communities – Stephanie Norling, Communities of Excellence and Bob Bitner, Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence

11:55- 12:45 – Employee Owned Options in the Healthcare Industry ESOP’s CO-Ops and more) – Kevin McPhillips, PA Center for Employee Ownership, Ken Baker, New Age Industries/Advantapure, Matthew Hancock, Praxis

Lunch served at 12:45

12:45 – 2:45 – World Cafe on Healthcare: Taking a positive approach to disruption – Facilitated by NERETA President, Colleen LaRose