Workforce Development Speakers

Tuesday, September 12th 10:30 am -11:45 am

The Future Workforce – Will Robots & Drones Replace Humans?

Dr. Johannes Moenius

Dr. Johannes Moenius

University of Redlands, Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis

Johannes Moenius is the founding director of the Institute of Spatial Economic Analysis at the University of Redlands. He also holds the William R. and Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning. He joined the faculty in the fall of 2005, where he teaches courses in international business. Before that he taught at the Kellogg School of Management. He studied Management Science at Bamberg University and Economics at the Technical University in Dresden, Queen’s University, Canada and the University of California, San Diego, where he received his Ph.D. In his research, he is interested in how domestic and international institutions affect international trade. He has written about the effects of technical standards on trade, the dynamics of comparative advantage, the dynamics of platform technologies and competition between political parties. He has presented his work in more than 100 talks at universities, conferences, and government institutions.

Dr. Jess Chen

Dr. Jess Chen

University of Redlands, Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis

Jess Chen is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) at the University of Redlands. She received her PhD in Economics at American University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include economic geography and labor economics. Aside from developing statistical measures for cluster analysis, she has also worked on the effects of severe weather events on employment and how bankruptcy filings spread across communities. Her recent work on job automation has been covered widely in the press, including The Atlantic, Business Insider, and NPR. Prior to ISEA, she was a Research Fellow at the International Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, September 12th 2:30 pm -3:45 pm

Tech Talent – Innovative Business Models to Address Workforce Needs in a New Market

Shavonnah Tiera Collins

Shavonnah Tiera Collins

RedFlint – University of Phoenix

Shavonnah has a diverse background including being part of the initial organizing team of Startup Weekend Las Vegas and teaching Starting Entrepreneurial Ventures at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business school. She has a background in startup ventures and is heavily involved in the entrepreneur community. As a second-generation Las Vegan, Shavonnah is committed to helping companies start and grow in her home town.

Patrick Callihan

Patrick Callihan

Las Vegas Opportunity Center

Patrick Callihan is the executive director for Tech Impact, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world.

Patrick leads the development of Tech Impact’s services that include education, services and support designed specifically for nonprofit organizations and workforce development programs named ITWorks and CXWorks.

ITWorks serves opportunity youth and veterans (18-26-year-old youth without a college degree) with training and credentials to begin a career in information technology and CXWorks trains in customer service skills for careers in the call center industry.

In support of the White House initiative named Tech Hire, Patrick led the development of a partnership with Zip Code Wilmington to build the first coding school in Delaware and one of the first nonprofit coding schools in the nation.

Tech Impact, headquartered in Philadelphia, maintains offices in Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE., and Las Vegas, NV.

Chase Norlin

Chase Norlin

Transmosis

Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce. Transmosis is a nationally recognized Workforce Intermediary focused on enabling companies to build a pipeline of skilled labor by helping individuals address skill gaps through state and federal training dollars.

Norlin was previously the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in America and the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. EDG was a holding company for a portfolio of digital marketing businesses that Norlin founded and grew to $50mm in revenue in three years.

A veteran of the Internet industry, Norlin developed Sony’s first online photo sharing venture and founded the first online video sharing company.

MODERATOR: Bill Arent

City of Las Vegas

Wednesday, September 13th 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Employer Driven Training Models In Cybersecurity

Chase Norlin

Transmosis

Wednesday, September 13th 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Responding to the Need for Trained Workers

J. Kyle Dalpe

J. Kyle Dalpe

Truckee Meadows Community College

J. Kyle Dalpe, Ph.D. has worked at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) since 2002, currently serving as the interim dean of technical sciences. From 2013-2016 he held the position of chief of staff and associate dean. In 2016, he served as Acting President during a transitional time in college leadership. He previously served as the director of the institutional advancement and public information offices at the college.

Prior to joining TMCC, he was the director of marketing and public information at Mohave Community College in Kingman, Arizona; coordinator of university publications at the University of Texas at Tyler; and an instructor and photographer at Kilgore Junior College in Texas.

Dalpe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in journalism/speech/political science from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from UNR.

Barbara Walden

Barbara Walden

Truckee Meadows Community College

Barbara Walden is the Director of Applied Industrial Technology at Truckee Meadows Community College. She has nineteen years of Workforce Development experience with community colleges in Michigan and Nevada. Her background includes grant administration and development/delivery of credit and non-credit training programs for manufacturing employers. Barbara has an Associate of Applied Science degree Electronics Technology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Management and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership.

Randy Walden

Randy Walden

Governor's Office on Economic Development

Randy Walden is the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Specialist for the State of Nevada working in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He has over 25 years of experience working in manufacturing and education, including food manufacturing and bio-mass production facilities, and has held leadership roles within new production facility construction startups and operation. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Electronic Technologies, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Adult Education.

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