Welcome to Dallas


When the music changes, so does the dance. - African proverb


America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA) is convening in Dallas, Texas for the 30th Annual AJLA Conference. Our time together will be guided by the African proverb, “When the music changes, so does the dance.” Learn how to anticipate and adapt to those kick-ball-changes and find the rhythm as you do-si-do with different workforce partners. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA–TS

Top 5 Reasons To Attend


#5:

Explore Dallas, the USDOL/ETA Region 4 headquarters

#4:

Discuss a project or receive one-on-one support from the AJLA technical support team.

#3:

Be inspired and informed by sessions covering a wide range of workforce topics and programs.

#2:

Exchange policies, procedures, and strategies to continuously improve workforce operations and customer service.

#1:

Find out what's new and what's coming with AJLA products, and contribute to the future of the workforce software you use.

Accommodations


The MAGNOLIA - Dallas, TX


Located in Downtown Dallas, The Magnolia is within walking distance of the Dallas Arts District, Deep Ellum, and more. A block of rooms has been reserved at The Magnolia for $142 per night, not including state and local taxes (currently 15% per room, per night). To receive this rate, reserve your room no later than Saturday, June 30, 2018. Make your reservation online or by calling the hotel directly at 214.915.6500 and referencing the 30th Annual AJLA Conference. If you're not sure you can attend or need to wait for travel approval, we suggest making your reservations now and canceling the room later if necessary. (Note that you must cancel 72 hours prior to your reservation to avoid hotel cancellation penalties.)

Transportation and Parking


Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW)

20.5 miles (approx. 32 min.) from hotel
Taxi/Uber Fare (airport to hotel): Approx. $45
Airport Shuttle Bus: $33 one-way


Dallas Love Field Airport

6.7 miles (approx. 21 min.) from hotel
Taxi/Uber Fare (airport to hotel): Approx. $15
Airport Shuttle Bus: Approx. $21


Hotel Transportation

No airport shuttles
Valet Parking is $12/day or $24/night

Conference Schedule

TUESDAY

(Morning Session)

8:00   –   11:30   WELCOME TO DALLAS
11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)

WEDNESDAY

(Morning Session)

7:30   –   8:30   BREAKFAST
8:30   –   9:00   Do the Alph: Celebrating 30 Years of AJLA and Pop Culture History
9:00   –   9:30   Keynote Address – Nicholas Lalpuis, Regional Administrator, USDOL/ETA Region 4
Get an update on high-level ETA-related issues and regional priorities and initiatives.
9:30   –   10:15   NASWA Legislative Update – Amy Hiltunen, Project Manager, NASWA
Listen to an up-to-the-minute briefing of the major activities in Congress affecting the workforce system.
10:15   –   10:30   BREAK
10:30   –   11:30   Ain’t No Edit Check Gonna Hold This Data Down – Cesar Acevedo and Anne Leonetti, Workforce Analysts, USDOL/ETA
Review the amended WIOA performance accountability requirements and discuss reporting question and concerns.
11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)

THURSDAY

(Morning Session)

7:30   –   8:30   BREAKFAST
8:30   –   9:00   Partner Up with Libraries – Joy Bancroft, Customer Relations Manager, AJLA–TS
Learn about the benefits of connecting workforce centers to local libraries.
9:00   –   10:00   Step-by-Step Lessons to Successful Staff Training – Don Ryan, Statewide Trainer, IDES, and Judy Pelletier, Program Manager, MDOL
Learn some new moves for training workforce center staff.
10:00   –   10:30   Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) Update – Robert Creel, Regional Administrator, USDOL/VETS
Get the latest from USDOL/VETS.
10:30   –   10:45   BREAK
10:45   –   11:30   Looking at the Man in the Mirror:
Helping Ex-Offenders Make a Change –
Bryan Kelley, CEO, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Find out how to assist prisoners and ex-offenders with their transition into work life, and get tips on encouraging employers to hire recently incarcerated workers.
11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)

TUESDAY

(Afternoon Session)

1:00   –   1:10   Welcome from the Chair, Approve Minutes from Spring Meeting – Jay Bassett, AJLA Chair
1:10   –   1:30   AJLA–TS Administrative Update – Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA–TS
Receive a brief update on AJLA–TS business and vote on AJLA Executive Committee.
1:30   –   3:00   AJLA–TS Team Updates – Get the latest from the Legacy, Rewrite Prep, and RapidStorm teams.
3:00   –   3:15   BREAK
3:15   –   3:45   AJL Sub-Committee Meeting – Stacey Laing, AJL Sub-Committee Chair
3:45   –   4:30   Reporting Sub-Committee Meeting – Sergio Estrada, Reporting Sub-Committee Chair
4:30   –   5:00   CertLink Sub-Committee Meeting – Judy Pelletier, CertLink Sub-Committee Chair
5:30 7:00   RECEPTION
Network with AJLA members and AJLA–TS staff at an onsite appetizer reception.

WEDNESDAY

(Afternoon Session)

1:00   –   2:00   Leading Through Change – Dr. Suzanne Carter, Executive Director of the Executive MBA, Texas Christian University
Hear the research-based methods to make you a successful, agile leader in your department or organization.
2:00   –   2:30   Easy as 1-2-3, A-B-C: Job API 101 – Joy Bancroft, Customer Relations Manager, and Brooke Patterson, Business Systems Analyst Manager, AJLA–TS
Get a run-down on the Job API and how to help employers and staff use it.
2:30   –   2:45   BREAK
2:45   –   4:30   Service Mapping Workshop – Facilitated by Mel Manry, Business Analyst, AJLA–TS
Discuss best practices and get answers on all your service mapping questions.

THURSDAY

(Afternoon Session)

1:00   –   1:30   Get the Skills to Pay the Bills: Recommendations for Job Seekers – Shay Phillips, AVP Channel Marketing, AT&T Internet of Things
Get insight from a hiring manager on the skills job seekers need to enter technology-driven positions and what skills can be gained through on-the-job training.
1:30   –   2:30   The Art and Skill of Effective Communication – Dr. Trevicia Williams, The Institute for Full Potential Living
Hear from an expert how to communicate effectively in your workplace.
2:30   –   2:45   BREAK
2:45   –   3:45   Campfire Session – Facilitated by Jay Bassett, AJLA Chair
Exchange stories and questions about commonly shared issues, like how to better use fiscal functionality or how to implement customer surveys.
3:45   –   4:00   Conference Closing Remarks – Jay Bassett, AJLA Chair
4:00   –   5:00   AJLA–TS Tech Café
Before you leave, take advantage of this opportunity to ask a question, discuss a project, or receive training on a product section or feature.

RESTAURANTS


check out some local area eats

Bullion

Bullion

400 S Record St., Dallas, TX 75202
(972) 698-4250

Sachet

Sachet

4270 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 613-6425

Smithy

Smithy

2927 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 316-1984

Zaap Kitchen

Zaap Kitchen

6107 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 982-2851

Fachini

Fachini

33 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 838-9688

Malibu Poke

Malibu Poke

3888 Oak Lawn Ave. #102, Dallas, TX 75219
(469) 250-7074

Da Mario

Da Mario

6655 Winning Dr., Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 324-3055

Porcino's

Porcino's

5015 Belt Line Rd., Addison, TX 75001
(972) 685-9445

Ruins

Ruins

2653 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
(972) 707-0607

Attractions


check out some local area attractions

Texas Book Repository

School Book Depository

411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park

2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201

Old Red Museum

The Old Red Museum

100 S Houston St.,
Dallas, TX 75202

White Rock Lake Park

White Rock Lake Park

E. Lawther Dr.,
Dallas, TX 75218

Bowl and Barrel

Bowl and Barrel

8084 Park Ln. Ste. 145,
Dallas, TX 75231

Highland Park Village

Highland Park Village,

Dallas, TX
75205

Bishop Arts District

Bishop Arts District

Dallas, TX
75208

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum

8525 Garland Rd.,
Dallas, TX 75218

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America’s Job Link Alliance Address: 1430 SW Topeka Blvd., 2nd Floor Topeka, Kansas, 66612

Phone: (800) 255-2458

Fax: (785) 296-2119

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