Workforce Conference


12.4.2019 - 12.5.2019


The Westin Michigan Avenue | 909 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Prepare for a Future Ready Workforce

Our emerging workforce is not meeting the evolving needs of the industry, and because of it, companies are consistently turning away projects and profits.

Gather with recruiters and human resource professionals to solve the world’s workforce dilemma once and for all. We’ll feature specific front-line case studies of successful recruiting tactics from industry leaders, interactive breakout sessions to get to the ‘core’ of your workforce issues and networking to help you meet like-minded senior leaders who are exploring similar solutions. From aging workforces and ongoing labor shortages to attracting millennials and emerging technologies, everything is on the table at Workforce.

Venue Details | December 4-5

Westin Michigan Avenue | 909 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 606011

Wednesday, December 4
Program: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 5 
Program: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


2019 speakers to be announced soon!

Don Biernacki

Senior Vice President Construction, Related Midwest

Joshua Davis

Executive Vice President, The Will Group

Collete English Dixon

Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University

Eric Gannon , AIA, LEED AP

Studio Director, Principal, Gensler

Shelley Stern Grach

Director - Civic Engagement., Microsoft

Cathy Osborne

Vice President, Human Resources, Leopardo Companies

Guy Skillet

Innovation Officer, Rhumbix

Sarah Stigler

Chair, Chicago Women in Trades, Plumbers Local 130 UA


Human Resources Executives, Managers, and Recruiters

Discover innovative solutions to your most business-critical workforce problems directly from the experts.

Human Resource Outsourcing (HROs) Organizations

Learn what specific problems your clients are facing and uncover unique business opportunities.

Universities and Professional Development Firms

Hear straight from senior executives what critical labor shortages they are facing and uncover how to position your students and clients to fill them.

Future Workforce 2019 Agenda

Day 1 Schedule

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Welcome Remarks

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel- HR Technology


1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Keynote 1 - State Education and the Current Workforce

Where are we and what do we have to work with? How do we get the current pool and how do we expand the pool? Someone to put stats on the current workforce, how is it changing?

3:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Fireside - Predictive Analytics and People - Does it work?

Personality tests, cognitive tests, and other inventories are becoming increasingly common as part of the hiring process, but do they really work? Are they valid tools for ensuring fit when placing people in jobs, or are people too unpredictable to make these tools valid?

1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

Panel - HR Executives Panel

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Exclusive Dinner

Day 2 Schedule

Networking Break

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote I

Focus on statistics. How will the demographics of the American workforce change in the next 10 years? How does the boom and bust economy impact our workforce? How is our industry preparing for the new reality? What do we need in our workforce longterm?

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel 1 - Leveraging Tech for Training and Professional Development

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Inclusion and Diversity to Solve the Workforce Shortage

10:30 AM- 11:00 AM

Networking Break

10:35 AM – 11:05 AM

Panel 2 - Back to Future Schools - How Leading Programs are Retooling to Meet the Challenge

What are the top schools doing to prepare the future workforce? What are the criteria for the top list? What is the most valuable curriculum, should online be more prevalent...How do we find and develop the workforce?

11:10 AM – 11:40 AM

Fireside 1 Skilled-Trade Gap Lonnie Stevens

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM


12:50 PM – 1:20 PM

Panel 3 - Is Your Company Ready For Change? Developing an Innovation Culture

1:20 PM – 2:20 PM

Breakout Group

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Panel 4 - Professional Development Technology

Strategies for the existing workforce. How do we keep individuals over the age of 65 engaged? How do you accommodate people who don’t want to work 40+ hours a week year round? How to get people to adopt new tech?

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Adopters 50 Panel

2:55 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks


Wednesday December 4 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with Future Workforce speakers, special guests, and BuiltWorlds Standard, Enterprise, and Strategic Members. We keep the guest list small and the drinks cold so you can focus on making the connections that matter. Space is limited and tickets will sell out.

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What's included in the ticket?

Access to all sessions at the conference.
Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments.
Participation in BuiltWorlds Research-led workshops.
Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal.
Invitation to the VIP Kick Off Party (for Standard, Enterprise, and Strategic Members).

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Where should I stay?

All parts of our Future Workforce Conference will take place at the Westin Chicago Michingan Ave. If you want to be near all the action, you can find a room there in our discounted room block!

How do I book a discounted room?

The Westin Michigan Ave is offering a limited rate for $121 (single) or $131 (double) for the night of Wednesday, December 3. Cutoff date for special rates is Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Online booking forms will be available shortly.

Which airport should I fly into?

O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) are both nearby. Rideshares, taxis, car rentals, and public transit (CTA) are easily accessible from both locations.

How do I access the event?

Proceed through the hotel lobby and check in with BuiltWorlds staff.

Is parking available?

Westin Michigan Ave offers valet parking for $71 daily; off-site parking availble for $48 daily.

Where can I get more questions answered?

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