Join over 200 workforce development professionals at they converge in Pittsburgh, PA from June 28 – July 1, 2020 at the annual Workforce Development Conference (WDC) hosted by the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP).  This high energy conference brings together participants from diverse sectors of the workforce development system and from across the United State and the world to educate, develop, and connect.

In 2019 these highly engaged influencers represented state employment security agencies, labor departments, community colleges, workforce boards, non-profits, muncipalities, and private sector companies.  Participants hailed from across the United States as well as Canada, France, Japan, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia.  Many attendees are front line staff with direct lines to decisions makers in the workforce development system.

WDC2020 provides participants with over 40 concurrent workshop sessions over the course of four days.  This means multiple opportunities for you to share your message with participants.  In addition to the opportunity to speak with highly engaged influencers in the workforce development system, we will spotlights you and your organization through our website, marketing material, and conference program.  And, you also get to attend a darn cool conference at no charge!*

We are looking for speakers in the following areas:

  • Workforce Development System Best Practices – demonstrating and sharing best practices within the workforce system
  • Workforce Development System Skills – skill development specific to serving customers within the workforce system.  This might include skills in social media use, resume building, customer service, coaching conversations, interviewing skills, and customer service.
  • People and Career Development Skills– skill development to help us better ourselves and our careers.  This might include leadership, emotional intelligence, facilitation, diversity, self-assessments, communication, and collaboration.
  • HR Best Practices – skill development in human resource related topics such as recruitment, onboarding, performance management, coaching, discipline, policy and procedure development, documentation, interviewing, and payroll.

We are looking for sessions grounded in adult learning theory and provide a great learning experience for participants.  That means we want sessions that are lively, entertaining, innovative, informative, and interactive.  We want participants to engage with the learning through activities and take-a-ways, not just bullets on a screen and talking heads.  The full selection criteria is included in the speaker application portal.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 17, 2020.  You may edit submissions up until that date.  We will notify selected speakers by the end of January.

Please email with further questions.

* Complimentary registration is provided for the educational components of the conference for up to two speakers.  Additional registration and tickets to evening events available for purchase at a discount.  Travel, lodging, meals, special equipment purchases or rentals are the speaker’s responsibility.  IAWP does not pay workshop speakers speaking fees or honorariums.