Workforce Summit focuses on inclusive regional prosperity

On Dec. 4, 2019, more than 100 people gathered at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center for the ninth annual Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit. The theme of the meeting this year was pathways for inclusive regional prosperity.

The event featured keynote speaker Tawanna Black, founder and chief executive officer for the Center for Economic Inclusion. She is a nationally recognized thought leader who is well known for inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to transform a personal conviction for equality into actions that produce equitable and thriving communities.

In addition to workforce and education updates from around the region, panel discussions tackled issues such as advancing equity in education and creating a system to support adult learners. During the summit, the KC STEM Alliance recognized four Girls Living STEM award recipients — Leah Cooper, grade 11 from Van Horn High School; Ashley Eddy, grade 12 from Shawnee Mission East High School; Caroline Robinson, grade 12 from William Chrisman High School; and Avionna Thompson, grade 7 from AC Prep.

Since 2011, the Mid-America Regional Council has pulled together representatives from businesses, higher education, school districts, K-12 intermediaries, local governments and civic organizations to explore connections between our workforce, educational attainment and the regional economy at the Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit.