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Senior Fellow

American Enterprise Institute

Brent Orrell is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in job training and workforce development with a special focus on disconnected and disadvantaged populations, including youth, justice-involved, veterans, and individuals with physical or mental limitations. Recently, he has focused on the workforce opportunities and challenges resulting from generative AI and automation, as well as strategies for improving economic mobility in rural, redeveloping, and non-metropolitan areas.



The Future of Work:

With an aging population, rapid technological change, and a rapidly evolving skills landscape, we don’t know much about the future of work. Brent Orrell, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will keynote how we can make sense of these trends to build flexible workforce strategies for new and incumbent workers. He will also discuss findings from the Workforce Futures Initiative, a collaborative research effort between AEI, the Brookings Institution, and the Malcolm S. Weiner Center at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on topics like sector-based training, community colleges, and the challenges facing the publicly-funded workforce development system.



Innovators by Design will be hosted in-person

October 11

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Visalia Convention Center

Innovators by Design offers a unique opportunity for workforce, education and intermediary organizations to discuss new strategies and ideas that can help maximize career pathway initiatives, business engagement services and workforce development programming. This annual event allows attendees to join regional partners in connecting over common goals, ideas, and inspirations. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your partnerships. This year's meeting will center around the Tulare WIB's Annual Meeting.



7:30 - 8:00 AM         Registration & Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45 AM         Welcome & WIB Annual Meeting
8:45 - 9:45 AM         Key
10:00 - 10:50 AM     Breakout Session 1

CERF: Catalyzing Equitable Development

Join us for an engaging breakout session and discover the latest exciting opportunity offered by the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) – the Catalyst Program. Through a dynamic presentation and interactive discussion, we will explore the key components, benefits, and real-world impacts of this innovative initiative.


Building a Resilient Healthcare Workforce

In this listening session, healthcare partners will discuss and provide insights about their three priority areas: Employer-Driven Education Training Coordination, Incubation to Employment via Employer-Education Partnerships, and Essential Workplace Skills for New and Existing Workers.


Mapping Our Services (Part 1)

In this two-part team-building workshop, we'll determine the gaps between what we want to do and what we need to do for our customers. Please plan to attend both sessions to consider the perspective of our customers' journeys and their pain points, allowing those experiences to provide a north star for decision-making around service delivery. In part one, we'll look at the current state mapping: what do we know to be true for our customer journeys today?

  • Sponsored by CivicMakers


Meeting the Demand for High-Quality Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs are now receiving more incentive funding than ever to support their implementation in regional training programs and pathways, making them more accessible to employers and students/workers. This session will include a panel discussion about the benefits and challenges of apprenticeship programs and effective practices for successful implementation in the San Joaquin Valley Region.

11:00 - 11:50 AM     Breakout Session 2

Navigating Tomorrow’s Workforce

Delve into the dynamic intersection of economic development trends and local strategies and their profound influence on the workforce over the next decade.

Voices of Empowerment

In this interactive breakout session, we invite you to embark on a transformative journey guided by the voices that matter most – our customers. This session aims to inspire a collective commitment to human-centered solutions within the workforce development community. By truly understanding our customers' experiences, we can collectively design a more inclusive, supportive, and empowering system that fosters success for all. Join us in shaping the future of workforce development through the voices of those we serve.

Mapping Our Services (Part 2)

In continuing this two-part workshop, we'll map an ideal future state and create a bridge for moving from the current to the future. We'll come away with the beginnings of a service map that will help you better navigate the complex terrain of providing relevant, meaningful, and exquisite services across our systems.

  • Sponsored by CivicMakers


Engaging Business in impactful work-based learning

You have to walk before you can run! Re-engaging the industry post-COVID is going to take time. We all need to build awareness of exploration activities like industry tours, guest speakers, and job shadowing before we can ask for internships and apprenticeship opportunities. This session will explore examples of how education and industry partners can work together along the continuum of work-based learning and develop long-term impactful partnerships. Partners can work together along the continuum of work-based learning and develop long-term impactful partnerships.

12:15 - 1:00 PM        Lunch & Plenary Activity
1:00 - 1:45 PM          INNOVATORS by Design Awards
1:45 - 2:00 PM          Closing Remarks





This year at INNOVATORS by Design, the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County will recognize participants, businesses, and workforce development professionals who have shown innovation, perseverance, and the ability to accomplish big goals during the last program year. Staff and partners of the Tulare County Workforce Development System submitted nominations. 3 finalists were chosen for each category. The winner of each category will be announced during Innovators by Design. We hope you will join us as we congratulate each of the finalists and winners for their accomplishments. 

Career Services Success Story 

  • Zulema Gutierrez Martinez

  • Gilberto Maldonado

Youth Services Success Story

  • Ivan Hernandez Rios

  • Ashley Riggle

  • Jovita Estrella Mendoza

Business Success Story

  • Ruiz Foods

  • DymaBrands

  • Compa Tax 

Outstanding Workforce Professional 

  • Nou Cha

  • Martha Godin-Munoz

  • Marco Gonzalez 

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