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WIOA Summit 2023

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Summit reflects the commitment to collaboration and the unified mission fostered by WIOA law. The WIOA Summit is intentionally designed to assist our local core partner staff and board members, by providing practical guidance on service and system integration. The WIOA Professional Development Committee representing the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Department of Employment Securities, Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Event Details:

Conference Format: Hybrid

Theme: We Are One Workforce

Date: May 11, 2023 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CST & May 12, 2023 | 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

Location: Embassy Suites and Conference Center  100 Conference Center Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611

Attendance/Registration Fees:

Level 1: In-Person $150.00

  • Access to
    • All General Sessions
    • Day 1 Networking Lunch
    • Day 2 Networking Breakfast & Lunch
    • All Breakout Sessions (in-person & virtual)
    • Full access to all content on Whova App
    • Recordings of all live streamed and on-demand sessions following the conference

Level 2: Virtual $100.00

  • Access to
    • All General Sessions
    • 2 livestreamed breakout presentations per timeslot
    • Full access to all content on Whova App
    • Recordings of all live streamed and on-demand sessions following the conference

*Refund requests will be honored until 11:59pm on May 1, 2023.

Hotel Accommodations:

For State of Illinois Employees Only (must show State Employment Identification upon check-in)
Book your group rate for the 2023 WIOA Summit: State Employee Rate.

*Room block closes on April 18, 2023.

Recommended Hotel Accommodations: 

There are a number of hotels in East Peoria and Peoria that are close to the WIOA Summit. We do not have a room block at these hotels. We recommend attendees call and ask for the Governmental Rate or the Best Rate Available.

Nearby Hotels:

Attention WIOA Summit Attendees: The Bob Michel Bridge from East Peoria to Peoria is currently closed. This will affect travel around the WIOA Summit 2023 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center, specifically for those attendees staying in Peoria rather than East Peoria. Please see the vehicular traffic detour map for directions.

Detour Map

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Keynote Speaker: Juan Salgado, Chancellor City Colleges of Chicago

Chancellor Juan Salgado has focused his career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities.

From 2001 to 2017, he served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, where he worked to empower residents of Chicago’s Southwest Side through education, citizenship, and skill-building programs that led to sustainable employment and economic stability.

As Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, he oversees Chicago’s community college system, serving more than 50,000 students across seven colleges, 75 percent of whom are Black and Latinx students.

Under his leadership, City Colleges of Chicago has seen an increase in student graduation rates to the highest level on record, an unprecedented systems-level partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, the launch of Fresh Start, a first-ever debt forgiveness program, the completion of two new major state-of-the-art facilities, a re-energizing of fundraising for student supports, and campus specific plans focused on equity in student outcomes, among other efforts.

Chancellor Salgado is a community college graduate himself, earning an associate degree from Moraine Valley Community College, prior to earning a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chancellor Salgado has been nationally recognized for his work, including as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow.  Among his civic commitments, he serves as a board member of the Obama Foundation and a Class C Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.​

Plenary Speaker: Brooks Harper Author, Speaker, Career Expert

Brooks Harper is the premier College and Workforce Readiness speaker in America! He provides Keynotes, Workshops, and Training Material for students and professionals helping them discover, develop, market and sell their talents, skills and abilities that bring tangible value to the market place. He connects-the-dots between today’s decisions and tomorrow’s college and career options. Brooks draws from 15 years of leadership experience in Corporate America to invest in and inspire our current and future workforce!

Essential Team Members:

  • IWIB/LWIB Business Members
  • Local Workforce Innovation Board Chairs and other LWIB Staff
  • WIOA One-Stop Operator
  • Workforce Development (Title 1) Program Administrators/other Department Designated Staff
  • Illinois Community College Board Adult Education Administrators (Title II) and other Department Designated Staff
  • Department of Employment Security Managers (Title III) Department Designated Staff
  • Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Managers (Title IV) Designated Staff
  • Department of Human Services TANF/SNAP E&T Managers Designated Staff
  • Regional and/or local economic development organizations leaders, including Department of Commerce TeamRED members

Encouraged Attendees:

  • Business and Industry Professional Organizations, including local/regional Chambers of Commerce
  • Middle School and High School Administrators/Instructors
  • Community-based organizations
  • Community action agencies
  • Foundations and Other Interested Partners
  • WIOA required One-Stop Partner Administrators
  • Community College leadership, such as:
  • Presidents, Trustees, Instructors, Corporate Training, and Continuing & Community Education Administrators