Discover the benefits of work-based learning with engaging discussions and interactive, industry-focused breakout sessions. See the schedule below and register today for the Oklahoma Work-Based Learning Summit.

*Schedule is currently in development and subject to change.



8:30 - 9:00

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15


9:15 - 9:30

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Rep. Mickey Dollens, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Representative Dollens was a teacher at U.S. Grant High School before he was elected to serve District 93 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2016. A fifth-generation Oklahoman, Executive Director of the Energy Assist Foundation, former oilfield roughneck, and graduate of Southern Methodist University, Dollens competed internationally on the USA bobsled team. He and wife, Taylor, live in South OKC with their 1 year old son, Dean.

9:30 - 9:45

National Initiatives for a Skilled Workforce

Rachel Hirsch, State Network Manager, National Skills Coalition

9:45 - 10:45

Work-Based Learning Panel

Moderator: Rachel Hirsch, State Network Manager, National Skills Coalition


Lynae Greely, Manager, Client Technical Support, Dell, Inc.        

Jenna Morey, Vice President, Community Workforce, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Inc.

Liberty Shere, Director of Business & Industry Services, Northeast Technology Center

Earl Buford, CEO, Partner4Work, and Leader of the Public Workforce System for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Keynote Presentation

Work Based Learning for the 21st Century

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Pamela Howze, Ed.D, Program Director of Work Based Learning, National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Dr. Pamela Howze leads the National Funds' efforts to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning. Prior to joining the National Fund, she was the statewide director of Apprenticeship, Business and Veterans Services for the North Carolina Department of Commerce/NC-Works. Prior to that she worked in private industry for both Siemens and Merck as a Chief Learning Officer focusing on Workforce Development and Apprenticeships for five years. She has taught in both the North Carolina and South Carolina Community College systems for more than 20 years. She began her career as a U.S. Army Officer and served for seven years both on active duty and in the S.C. National Guard. She earned a B.S. degree from Western Carolina University and an M.S. degree from Troy State University.  She was awarded a Doctorate of Education in Adult and Community College  in August 2015 by North Carolina State University for her research in career technical education and apprenticeship publishing a phenomenology study on Youth Apprenticeships.



11:30 - 12:30


12:00 - 12:30

The Benefits of Including ‘Trainability’ in Selection

Mike Shaw, Director of the Oklahoma Human Resources State Council

Jan van der Hoop, President of First Fit Technologies

Mike Hopkins, Workforce Solutions, First Fit Technologies

12:30 - 1:45

Industry Focused Breakout Sessions


Moderator: Brooke DeRenzis, Managing Director State Strategies, National Skills Coalition

Tammy Wise, Training Professional, BizJet International

Sharon Harrison, Director of Workforce Development, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

Bill Rayl, President, Jackson Area Manufacturers Association, Academy for Manufacturing Careers

Stephanie Cameron, Community Relations Administrator, AAON, Inc.


Moderator: Steven Shepelwich, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Lynae Greely, Client Technical Support, Dell, Inc.

Paul Thompson, Executive Director of Apprenticeships and Workforce Solutions, City Colleges of Chicago

Paige Terry, Managing Examiner, Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City


Moderator: Andrew Bradley, State Network Director, National Skills Coalition

Pat Steele, Director, Central Iowa Works

Heather Smoot, Director of Care Transitions and Community Liaison, Adams PARC-Post Acute Recovery Center

Trisha Pepper, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Manager of Recruitment/Employment, John Knox Village

Dave Gregorio, CoFounder & Executive Director of Social Impact, ImpowerQ Associates


Moderator: Sarah Ashmore, Interim Executive Director, Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development

Jimmy Curry, President, Oklahoma AFL-CIO

Matt Williams, Director of Research, Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative

Tim Yaciuk, Executive Director, IEC-OKC

1:45 - 2:00


2:00 - 2:30

U. S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship

Dudley Light, Regional Director of Apprenticeship

Presentation of Apprenticeship Incentive Grant Awards

Sarah Ashmore, Interim Executive Director, Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development

2019 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant recipients will be announced. These grants provide up to $15,000 to create new employer-led programs.

Next Steps and Closing Remarks

2:45 - 3:30

(Bonus Workshop)

Heroes to Healthcare: Designing Healthcare Apprenticeships for Veterans

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Dave Gregorio, CoFounder & Executive Director of Social Impact, ImpowerQ Associates

A practitioner of compassionate capitalism with 30 successful years of experience and over 20 years leading highly effective organizations in healthcare product manufacturing and distribution, professional services, revenue cycle and information technology.

After a few years on Wall Street, Dave decided he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and began with Johnson and Johnson where he spent time in the nutraceutical, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors and ultimately became one of the youngest CIOs within the J&J family of companies. While at J&J Dave was instrumental in the early dot-com investments and acquisition and integration of Global Healthcare Exchange. Where he led Global Technology Services. It was at GHX where he met and was captivated by Ross Perot the businessman and great patriot, and became involved with the Perot Systems Healthcare organization in a Human Capital leadership role focused on designing, deploying and leading a corporate university program called Healthcare Academy in support of a two-billion-dollar international healthcare services company. The Healthcare Academy was one of the first non-clinically focused veteran and college to career healthcare corporate development programs in the US responsible for hiring nearly 500 veterans and transitioning them into successful careers in the various roles internationally. Dave successfully repeated the “academy” hiring model as the Vice President of Human Capital with MedSynergies, a physician services company providing revenue cycle, human capital and physician engagement services to over ten thousand physicians nationally. Upon finalizing the sale and integration of MedSynergies to United Healthcare in 2016, Dave went on to pursue a “passion project” to address a need for improved employee engagement strategies and cofounded ImPowerQ Associates. An organizational development and performance enhancement advisory firm with a focus on healthcare employers and a heart for healthcare experienced mid-enlisted veteran talent. Through ImPowerQ and with the support of the VA and the DOL the Heroes to Healthcare Mission was formally launched founded on the DOL Registered Apprenticeship strategy on veterans day 2017.