November 14, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Frances Perkins Building - The Great Hall | 200 Constitution Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20210
The Women's Bureau is celebrating the U.S. Department of Labor's fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by hosting the National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship. Summit attendees will explore ways to help advance and expand apprenticeship opportunities for women in all sectors and industries, as well as discuss promising apprenticeship models. The Summit will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, including business leaders, educational institutions, labor unions, policymakers, researchers, and workforce development agencies.
There is no registration fee for the Summit, but online registration is required for the event. Please register by Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
"Eugene Scalia is one of the most qualified people ever confirmed as Secretary of Labor. He will use his skills as he has over the years—and he has built an extremely distinguished career—to fight and win for the American workforce."
Those were the words of President Donald J. Trump just before Vice President Mike Pence delivered the oath of office to U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia in the White House on September 30, 2019.
Secretary Scalia previously served as Solicitor of Labor, the Department of Labor's principal legal officer, working for Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao as a member of President George W. Bush's Administration. As Solicitor, he pursued initiatives to protect low-wage workers, reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, and enhance enforcement of workplace safety laws. He worked closely with Secretary Chao on matters such as the Department’s efforts seeking to recover the losses of employees and retirees in Enron’s pension plans, and resolving a costly labor dispute at the West Coast Ports.
Prior to his confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Scalia was a lawyer with a national reputation as an expert in labor and employment law and in administrative and regulatory law.
Secretary Scalia served as a speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett during the Reagan Administration. During the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, Scalia received the Department of Justice's Edmund J. Randolph Award while serving as a Special Assistant to Attorney General William P. Barr.
Secretary Scalia has served as a lecturer in labor and employment law at the University of Chicago Law School, and as an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law with the University of the District of Columbia.
Secretary Scalia is a graduate with distinction from the University of Virginia. He studied law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
Secretary Scalia and his wife Trish have seven children.
President Donald J. Trump nominated him to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Pizzella’s nomination on April 12, 2018. He was sworn in as Deputy Secretary by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on April 17, 2018. Pizzella served as Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor from July 20, 2019, until September 27, 2019.
Pizzella previously served as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2013. On January 23, 2017, President Trump designated Pizzella as Acting FLRA Chairman, a position he held until December 8, 2017.
Prior to joining the FLRA, Pizzella was Principal at Patrick Pizzella LLC. He served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2001 to 2009. Pizzella was designated by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from January 18, 2004, to April 26, 2005.
Previously he worked at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP as a Government Affairs Counselor from 1998 to 2001 and Director of Coalitions from 1996 to 1997. From 1990 to 1995, Pizzella was Director of the Office of Administration at the Federal Housing Finance Board, and from 1988 to 1989, Deputy Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Education.
He has previously held positions at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. General Services Administration.
Pizzella received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Carolina and he is a graduate of Iona Preparatory School. He is a native of New Rochelle, New York.
Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith of Mississippi was appointed by President Trump to lead the Women's Bureau in October 2019. She brings more than 25 years of experience in education and research to the Women's Bureau.
Dr. Todd-Smith is the former Executive Director of the State Workforce Investment Board and State Early Childhood Advisory Council in Mississippi. Playing a leading role in the creation of the Family Based Unified and Integrated State Plan, she also served as a Senior Education Policy and Workforce Advisory to Governor Phil Bryant. Dr. Todd-Smith led numerous legislative efforts to help improve public education in Mississippi including The Literacy Based Promotion Act, Early Childhood Education, Charter Schools, Special Needs Education Scholarship Account, and an A-F rating system for school districts, which resulted in improved outcomes for students. She has testified before Congress at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on strengthening welfare-to-work policies that aided in securing additional funds for families. Dr. Todd-Smith's efforts led to the creation of a one-stop shop digital application, MS Works, which connects people to job opportunities.
Dr. Todd-Smith is a former elementary school teacher and has a doctorate in education leadership from Mississippi State University, a master's degree from Western New Mexico University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona.
Traci Britton earned her Master's in Business Administration, with a concentration in Global Business, at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Illinois. She prides herself on understanding business needs through human capital and its potential, which informs her commitment and innovation.
She has 20 years of human resources experience managing stakeholder relationships, and providing consultative services that offer workforce solution to business leaders.
Traci is based in the Operations facility located in Northbrook, IL. As a workforce manager at CVS Health, she is responsible for building a network of partners at the federal, state, and local levels to support and develop talent for CVS Health's present and future workforce needs. Apprenticeship Programs are just one example of her accomplishments. She is part of a two-person team, leading CVS Health's U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs nationwide.
Susan Crystal-Mansour serves as Vice President of Program Impact, leading the implementation and execution of the Foundation's portfolio of programs and research. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Crystal-Mansour served as Director of Association Services at Westat, where she led a team of professionals serving associations and foundations by providing research and analysis, data collection, program design, stakeholder alignment and operation of strategic plans.
Dr. Crystal-Mansour oversees the Foundation's programs, which include launching the first-ever restaurant manager apprenticeship program for the U.S. Department of Labor and Restaurant Ready, a partnership with community-collaboratives nationwide dedicated to teaching industry job and life skills to disengaged populations. Other programs spearheaded by the Foundation include:
ProStart – a two-year pre-apprenticeship program offered at 1,900 high schools teaching 150,000 students essential skills in culinary arts and restaurant management.
Military – training and recognition to help military servicemen and women across all branches transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice jobs and careers.
Scholarships and Grants – awarding annual financial assistance to people from all backgrounds pursuing education and technical training.
Dr. Crystal-Mansour received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from the University of Washington. She also serves on the Education, Employment, and Training Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Talent Pipeline Management advisory committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, as well as serving on grant review panels for the American Society of Association Executives.
Dr. Nancy Houle is the Executive Director of Minuteman Technical Institute in historic Lexington, MA, and is responsible for the growth and development of MTI, including the provision of programs that prepare students for high growth industries in the region. MTI partners with local workforce development boards, providing opportunities for non-traditional students, and with local industry to develop targeted training for incumbent workers in high-tech, high-demand fields.
As a long-time advocate for integrating academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula, Dr. Houle has been instrumental in assisting numerous high schools reframe their programs of study allowing students opportunities to develop and follow career pathways. She serves as an adjunct professor for the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrator's (MAVA) CTE Teacher Licensure program, and she has recently completed MAVA's Leadership I Program for Emerging Administrators.
Dr. Houle earned both a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree through the Department of Workforce Education and Development at The Pennsylvania State University, where she worked as a graduate assistant, then instructor in the Educator Professional Development Program. Assisting students, regardless of their age, discover their passion and develop a plan to make that passion their life's work is what drives Dr. Houle.
Chris Magyar is Chief Apprenticeship Officer of Techtonic. Techtonic is a software services company building web-based and mobile products for start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies. As Chief Apprenticeship Officer, Chris is responsible for the overall operations and strategy of the Techtonic Apprenticeship Program. In 2016, Techtonic launched its apprenticeship and became the first company in the State of Colorado (and one of the first in the country) to establish a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship for software development. This highly selective Apprenticeship program recruits people who have the desire, ambition, and skill set to be a great software developer – regardless of their background or academic training. Techtonic is addressing the talent gap while promoting greater diversity and inclusion by granting opportunities for women, people of color and underserved populations. Techtonic believes that a diverse and inclusive talent pool is the primary building block upon which great companies are built.
Techtonic was named "2017 Innovative Company of the Year" by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Legislature. In 2018, Techtonic was named as one of Colorado's Outstanding Employers by the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Techtonic has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Popular Mechanics highlighting their unique apprenticeship.
Chris has more than 35 years of progressive career growth and has held executive positions in technology, life sciences, energy, healthcare, and software industries.
Cierra Mitchell has more than 12 years of Apprenticeship, Workforce Development, Program Management, Marketing, and Government Contract experience. Cierra currently works as a Division Chief in the Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, whose mission is to expand apprenticeship opportunities across the Country. In her current role, Cierra oversees the office’s Marketing and Business Engagement efforts as well as the performance, data, and IT portfolio.
Before coming to the Office of Apprenticeship four years ago, Cierra worked in the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration Policy Office for 5 years where she reviewed legislation, developed policies, and assisted with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Before coming to Department of Labor, Cierra was a contractor and eventually started her own business and was awarded her own government contract with the Department of Defense at the age of 23. Under that contract, Cierra managed and led the Employment Readiness Program at Fort Eustis for several years where she helped Military spouses find rewarding careers. Helping Military spouses find employment during the recession was one of her rewarding careers and greatest challenges, but fueled her passion to work for the Department of Labor to help improve employment and training opportunities for employers and the workforce of the future.
Lauren Sugerman is the Director of Chicago Women in Trades' National Center for Women's Employment Equity. A former elevator constructor, Lauren co-founded CWIT and served as its first executive director for more than twenty years. She is a nationally recognized leader in research, policy, and programs to open doors for women into traditionally male-dominated blue-collar occupations. She provides technical assistance and guidance to employers, unions, apprenticeship programs, and public agencies on how to increase women's equal employment opportunity in construction, manufacturing, and transportation. She is the co-author of several research reports, policy recommendations, toolkits, curriculum, and successful legislative proposals.
She was appointed by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor to the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship and Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Advisory Committee on Health and Safety in Construction and in the state of Illinois, she served on the Workforce Investment Board, the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women and the Gender Equity Advisory Committee of the Board of Education. She is a founding member of the Committee of Women in the Trades for North America's Building Trades Unions of AFL-CIO.
Erica Clayton Wright of Pennsylvania joined the Women's Bureau in March 2019. Ms. Wright has more than 15 years of experience in federal, state and local government serving in various leadership positions. Ms. Wright served as the Communications Director for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, as well as Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development under Governor Tom Ridge. As part of her duties, she led efforts to identify opportunities and advance programs encouraging the upward mobility of women.
In addition to her public sector experience, Ms. Wright has extensive experience in the private sector including more than 10 years in the manufacturing and energy industries. Ms. Wright served as the Public Affairs Manager for Kennametal Inc. leading its global government affairs and community initiatives which included establishing a technical curriculum for high school students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in engineering, machining, 3D printing and manufacturing.
She served as Vice President of Communications and Membership at the Marcellus Shale Coalition working closely with upstream, midstream and downstream companies within the natural gas portfolio, including trade unions.
Ms. Wright was a former appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women under Governor Tom Corbett and former Board Member of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Ms. Wright serves as a Board Member with the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
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