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*EVENT WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED, EVEN IF COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM HAS A DELAYED OPENING. Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce with Today's Resources: Bringing HR, Workforce Development and Economic Development Together in RVA. Grappling with the shortage of qualified workers and the much debated skills gap? Join us to develop an “all in” approach to address some of these work related challenges. Learn from and network with representatives from all sectors of business within the Richmond Region.

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
7:15 am - 10:00 am
Where: Community College Workforce Alliance Workforce Development and Conference Center
1651 E Parham Rd
Richmond, Virginia  23228
United States
Contact: Townley Goldsmith-Ray, Member Experience Manager

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Grappling with the shortage of qualified workers and the much debated skills gap?  Join us to develop an “all in”  approach to address some of these work related challenges. Learn from and network with representatives from the fields of Human Resources, Workforce Development and Economic Development representing all sectors of business within the Richmond Region.


7:15 am - 8:00 am
Hot Breakfast/Registration/Networking
Welcome from Ken Robertson, Richmond SHRM and Elizabeth Creamer,
Community College Workforce Alliance
8:00 am - 8:25 am
Stephen Moret, President & CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Higher Education, Workforce Development, and Economic Development:
Positioning the Commonwealth for Success
8:25 am - 8:30 am
Rowena Fratarcangelo, Vice President Business Development, Greater Richmond Partnership
8:30 am - 8:35 am
Bill Melton, Chairman, Board of Supervisors for Powhatan County and Chair, Workforce Development Board’s Consortium of Local Elected Officials
8:35 am - 8:40 am
Ken Robertson, President, Richmond Society of Human Resource Management
8:40 am - 9:30 am
Interactive Panel Discussion/Q&A Moderated by Elizabeth Creamer,
Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment, Community College Workforce Alliance
9:30 am - 10:00 am


Emcee and Moderator

Elizabeth Creamer
Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment
Community College Workforce Alliance

Elizabeth Creamer brings an extensive background in workforce development in the Commonwealth. She came to the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) in June 2017 after serving as Senior Advisor for Workforce Development in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. In that position, she oversaw a 25% statewide increase in STEM-H workforce credential attainment in just under two years. She previously served as Director of Education and Workforce Development with the Office of the Secretary of Education for Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Career Pathways and Workforce Development with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Creamer earned the VCCS Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2013 and is a two-time winner of the VCCS Technology in Education Award. Creamer currently serves on the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Education Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University.


Keynote Speaker

Stephen Moret
President & CEO
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Stephen Moret is president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the economic development authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Prior to VEDP, Moret served as president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, where he crafted a blueprint for the future of development at LSU, preparing the institution to launch the largest capital campaign of any kind in state history. Concurrently he served as executive director of the LSU Property Foundation, working to launch a $180-million, mixed-use real-estate development that will revitalize the western edge of the LSU campus.

From 2008 through early 2015, Moret served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED), which he transformed into one of America’s top state economic development agencies. At LED, he directed business development efforts and cultivated higher education partnerships that helped secure a diverse array of economic development projects in urban and rural communities, including software/IT centers (e.g., CGI, CSC, GE Capital, and IBM), food/agricultural processing facilities, and a few of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects in U.S. history. Altogether Moret and his team helped secure private-sector capital investments in excess of $62 billion. He also established LED FastStart, which The Economist called “probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].”

During Moret’s tenure, LED repeatedly was recognized as one of the top-performing state economic development agencies in the U.S., and Louisiana improved to its highest-ever position in every national ranking of state business climates. Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart the best state workforce training program in the U.S. every year from 2009 through 2015.

Moret previously served as president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce; a management consultant with McKinsey & Company; a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (a good-government think tank); a consultant to Harvard Business School; assistant to the chancellor of LSU; and an environmental consultant to industry at Trinity Consultants.

Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education management, with Distinction for Dissertation, from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market in the United States.


Speakers and Panelists

Bill Auchmoody
Regional Vice President, CorTech International
Chairman, Capital Region Workforce Development Board

Bill Auchmoody grew up in Bon Air in Southside Richmond. He graduated high school from Monacan High School in Chesterfield County and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He graduated from VCU in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Business with a concentration in Marketing. As an undergraduate, Bill held many leadership positions in his fraternity and in the Greek Life governing body. He is a charter member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda (VCU) and a member of the Order of Omega honor society. To finance his undergraduate education, Bill worked part-time during the school year and full time during summers. After graduation, he served as the Chapter Advisor for Beta Nu for fifteen years.

Bill is currently employed as the East Coast Regional Vice President for Partnership Staffing, a CorTech company, a nationwide staffing firm. Bill sold Partnership Staffing Inc, to CorTech in December 2015. Bill is also a fifty percent owner in Partnership Screening International Incorporated, a nationwide criminal background screening company. Prior to owning Partnership Staffing, he was the Richmond District Manager for Golden Personnel Services, a light industrial staffing firm. In the past Bill has worked as a Marketing Director for the Flood Zone Performing Arts Center, a Regional Service Manager for the James River Corporation, an Account Executive for Paychex Payroll Services, and an Executive Recruiter for the Virginia Employment Corporation.

Bill has been involved in the community in many facets, serving as: Chairman for the Capital Region Workforce Development Board, Board of Directors Capital Region Workforce Investment Board, Vice President of Community Affairs and Member of Richmond SHRM, Board of Directors and Member of Midlothian Rotary.

Rowena Fratarcangelo
Vice President, Business Development
Greater Richmond Partnership

Rowena Fratarcangelo works for the Greater Richmond Partnership, the regional economic development group that represents the City of Richmond and Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield counties. As Vice President, Business Development, she is part of the business attraction and marketing team. She works with all types of domestic and international companies that are looking to relocate or expand in Greater Richmond. Rowena assists with their site selection process, helping them find appropriate real estate, educating them on the benefits of locating in the region, and facilitating connections with local service providers, area universities, and existing businesses.


Rowena has served on the Board of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Richmond since 2011, most recently as 2017 Chapter President. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA), and the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE).

Rowena has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia.

The Honorable William E. “Bill” Melton
Chairman, Board of Supervisors for Powhatan County
Chair, Workforce Development Board’s Consortium of Local Elected Officials


William E. “Bill” Melton is a Richmond native, who has lived in Powhatan County for 22 years. Bill began his working career with Ukrop’s Supermarket where he spent 20+ years. In 1993, he left Ukrop’s to purchase a small independent grocery store in Powhatan County and ran the business until October 2000. He spent the next 11 years working in Sales Leadership for Pepsi Cola Bottling Group with call responsibility for Ukrop’s, Kroger, and other supermarkets in the Richmond market. He is currently employed with Brown Distributing in Sales Leadership.

Bill has served the community in various capacities. He is a past Board Member of the Virginia Food Dealers Association. He is a member and past President of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Powhatan Panning Commission for 12 years, where he was a 4-year Chairman. He is the current Chairman of the Powhatan Board of Supervisors; first being elected in November 2011 for a 4-year term and was successfully re-elected in November 2015 for a term to expire in December 2019. Additionally, Bill is the current Chairman of the Consortium of Local Elected Officials of the Richmond Region Workforce Partnership and has served on this Board for 5 years.

Ken Robertson
Richmond Society for Human Resource Management

Ken Robertson, SPHR, IPMA-HR, retired in April 2017 from the Virginia Retirement System as Human Resource Director. Previously, Ken was the HR Director at the Virginia Employment Commission and also served in various human resources positions at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Ken spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army, primarily in human resource management. He has a MS from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from the University of Richmond and his undergraduate degree is from Washington State University.

Ken was the Virginia Chapter President of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) for three years. He has been an active volunteer leader in Richmond SHRM serving as Vice-President-Community Leadership, Chair of the Sterling Workplace Awards, and in workforce development roles.

William “Wes” Seaton, III
Business Development Manager
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Wes Seaton works for the workforce development division for the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Wes has worked in the human services field since 1992 and understands that skilled, dependable and productive employees are important to business success. As an agency dedicated to increasing employment opportunities to people with disabilities, DARS serves as a vital link in connecting employers with hiring needs to skilled and talented workers with disabilities who are actively seeking employment. Wes currently markets business services to local businesses in the metro-Richmond area that focuses on: staffing and recruitment, workplace accommodations, disability awareness training, incumbent worker training and financial tax incentives.

Wes has been involved with workforce development and programming for more than 25 years. A graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Wes obtained a double major in Anthropology and Sociology in 1992.

Wes is a graduate of the Commonwealth of Virginia Skills for Leadership Program, Chesterfield County Total Quality Improvement Program, and Chesterfield County Institute of Leadership. Wes also serves as the Business Solutions Coordinator for the region IX workforce board.

Wes serves on several community boards and steering committees for organizations in the Richmond area (Virginia Business Leadership Network, Commonwealth Workforce Network and the Society for Human Resource Management).


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(starting 1/12/18)
$60 $15


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Program is pre-approved by SHRM for 1.25 PDCs towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification and by HRCI for 1.25 (GENERAL) credits towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification.

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