2018 Conference Keynote Speakers

2018 Conference


Thursday, Oct 11
9:30–10:45 a.m.

Josh Davies
Chief Executive Officer
The Center for Work Ethic Development

Work Ethic: The Must-Have Skills for the 21st-Century Workforce
With the rapid change taking place in every sector of the workforce, a set of skills has emerged as the must-haves for the future. Sometimes called soft skills or foundational behaviors, employers simply call them Work Ethic. Nearly 9 out of 10 hiring managers nationwide say work ethic is their most important factor in hiring. The challenge is that fewer than 1 in 5 people have these workplace skills. Learn how to build these skills in your existing academic and technical courses and prepare your students for the 21st century workforce.

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. An in-demand speaker, Josh gives keynote presentations and workshops to more than thirty education, workforce, and corporate events annually. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.


Special Session

Susan Elkington
President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK)

Toyota/FAME Career Pathway: Two Million!
Two million! That’s the number of jobs in the manufacturing industry expected to go unfilled over the next decade. During the Special Session hosted by Toyota and FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), Susan Elkington, the first female president of Toyota's largest plant in the world (TMMK in Georgetown, Kentucky), will talk about Toyota's Career Pathway initiatives and partnerships and how they are addressing critically pressing workforce needs. These include too few workers, gender and minority gaps, and global-best talent. With a focus on Career Pathways, Toyota and FAME will announce a remarkable new achievement in partnership between educators and FAME employers.


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