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Building Connections for Change.

October 19, 2022

Bethesda, MD

1st Annual

About the Conference

The National Reentry Workforce Collaborative (NRWC) is proud to launch our inaugural conference in Bethesda, Maryland (just a few miles outside the District of Columbia). “Building Connections for Change,” this year’s theme, will bring together leading voices from the reentry workforce field, business leaders, practitioners, government representatives, advocates, and other stakeholders. The conference will be a launch pad for collaborations that will advance equity, elevate best practices, and promote fair chance hiring. Regardless of your role within the reentry workforce ecosystem this convening is for you! 

Conference Offerings

Strategic Ways to Collaborative & Move the Needle

Making the Case of Equity & Inclusion for People with Lived Experience

Effectively Combining Policy & Practice

Economic Mobility for People Impacted by the Justice System

Fair Chance Hiring & Effective Employer Engagement Strategies

Effective Strategies to Address Barriers in the Field

Changing Corrections from Penal to Restorative

Strengthening Implementation of Reentry Workforce Programming

Securing Funding for the Work


Harley Blakeman

Founder & CEO, Honest Jobs

Caitlin Dawkins

Director of Justice Programs, FHI 360’s, National Institute for Work and Learning

Patricia Gill

Director, Workforce Development, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Jeffrey Korzenik

Author, Untapped Talent

Johanna Leal

Director of Innovation and Implementation Capacity, Alliance for Community and Justice Innovation

Jennifer Lynch

Reentry Services Program, Director Goodwill Industries International

Richard Morales

Deputy Executive Director, Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

Chioke Mose-Telesford

Director of Improving Practices & Outcomes, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

Lucretia Murphy

Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future

Ken Oliver

Executive Director,

Margie Phelps

Executive Director of Programs & Risk Reduction, Kansas Department of Corrections

Richard Ramos

President & CEO, Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

Judge Stephanie Sawyer

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas

Alexandra Walker

Director, Alliance for Community and Justice Innovation

Christopher Walter

Chief External Affairs Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities

Jason Whyte

Chairman, National Reentry Workforce Collaborative

Dean Williams

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Corrections

Greg Wise

Managing Director, National Workforce Readiness, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – Welcome Reception

DAY ONE: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

  • Networking Breakfast

    7:30a – 8:30a
  • General Session

    8:30a – 9:30a
  • General Session

    9:30a – 10:30a
  • Break

    1030a – 11:00a
  • Concurrent Sessions

    11:00a – 12:00a
  • Lunch / General Session

    12:00p – 1:30p
  • Concurrent Sessions

    1:45p – 2:45p
  • Break

    2:45p – 3:00p
  • Collaborative Workgroups #1

    3:00p – 4:30p

DAY TWO: Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • Networking Breakfast

    7:30a – 8:30a
  • General Session

    8:30a – 10:00a
  • Break

    10:00a – 10:30a
  • Concurrent Sessions

    10:30p – 11:30a
  • Lunch/ General Session

    11:30a – 1pm
  • Concurrent Sessions

    1:00p – 2:00p
  • Break

    2:00p – 2:15p
  • General Session

    2:15p – 3:15p
  • Break

    3:15p – 3:30p
  • Collaborative Workgroups #2

    3:30p – 4:30p

DAY THREE: Friday, October 21, 2022

  • Networking Breakfast

    7:30a – 8:30a
  • General Session

    8:30a – 10:00a
  • Break

    10:00a – 10:30a
  • General Session

    10:30a – 12:00a

*This is a preliminary program. Session details are subject to change.

Updated 4-14-2022


We are offering opportunities for conference sponsors, which will join this esteemed list of organizations dedicated to change:

Founding Sponsors






Early Bird Registration Open Now

NRWC is an emerging national network of organizations, practitioners, advocates, employers, and industry experts in reentry programming and workforce development, spanning across 74 cities in 32 states.

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