Annual Conference

Since 2004, CWC has convened the Sharing Skills~Building Connections Conference, which provides attendees with the opportunity to enhance their workforce programs and practices, build connections across systems, and share skills and experiences. The conference equips them to better provide employment services to unemployed people, low-income workers, and all that are moving toward economic self-sufficiency. Attracting over 350 workforce professionals each year, it is the largest statewide networking opportunity for workforce development professionals.

With 30 workshops, there is a range of topics for those new to the field who seek to get a broader picture of the work to those who have extensive experience who are seeking to deepen their expertise. The focus for all attendees is on tools and resources that you can take away and implement the next day in your work. In addition, an Exhibitor Showcase provides participants with the opportunity to network and visit the Exhibitor tables to find resources for their programs and organizations. Plenary speakers address emerging trends and issues in workforce development providing context for the work of front-line staff and managers.

14th Annual Sharing Skills – Building Connections

Date Thursday, May 11, 2017

Location Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center

The Sharing Skills~ Building Connections conference provides agencies from across the Commonwealth with the opportunity to improve their workforce programs and practices; build connections across the range of provider systems; share skills and experiences; and equips attendees to better provide employment services to thousands of underemployed and unemployed people moving towards economic success.


Registration is now open for the 14th annual Sharing Skills~Building Connections Conference! Early bird rate ($150) is available only until March 31st.

2017 CWC Conference



Become a Conference Sponsor

CWC offers four levels of sponsorship: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each comes with a variety of benefits, including complimentary conference admission. Being a conference sponsor provides exposure at the largest state-wide workforce development conference that annually attracts over 350 professionals and community-based organizations from across Massachusetts.

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Boston Private Community Investment

Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston

Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association

Commonwealth Corporation – Dept of Youth Services Initiative

Five Star Development, Inc.

GED Testing Service

Jobs for the Future

Job Training Alliance

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

MACDC (Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations)

Massachusetts Community Colleges, GPSTEM – U.S. DOL Grant

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

New Growth Group, LLC

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

Partners Healthcare

ReServe New England

SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce

United Way

UTEC, Inc.

Westover Job Corps Center

Work Without Limits- An Initiative of the UMass Medical School

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