Summit's Keynote Speaker Focuses on Importance of Work Ethic, Soft Skills

The Center for Work Ethic Development's chief executive officer will be the keynote speaker at this year's Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit.

The Nov. 15 event, which is in its third year in Springdale, brings together hundreds of business and policy leaders with educators from every school district in the region. It will be held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center.

Keynote speaker Josh Davies, who heads The Center for Work Ethic Development in Denver, is committed to developing foundational soft skills in the global workforce, and partners with groups in 47 states and eight countries to help companies build the in-demand skills.  He will share practical steps to help employers and educators effect lasting change.

Attendees will also hear from representatives of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, Walmart. The company will share what the retail giant has planned for the future and its impact on the Northwest Arkansas workforce.

New to this year’s summit will be Takisha Moncrief and Jarrod Ramsey.

Moncrief and her husband, Sidney Moncrief, operate Moncrief One Team, a high performance people development company teaching leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Takisha Moncrief will share how the group works with adults and youth to prepare them for workplace success, and the detail the mission of the newly-formed Moncrief-Wade Institute for College and Career Readiness.

Jarrod Ramsey is vice president of technology at Rockfish Digital. He will talk about his passion for technology education, the Internet of Things, and how educators and employers can prepare the emerging workforce for the ever-changing technological landscape.

In conjunction with the Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit, the Springdale Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 14 will host a career exploration expo for high school students from the area’s 16 school districts. Hundreds of students will visit with more than 30 employers at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center to learn more about future careers, and the skills and training needed for success. Davies will participate in that event, too, helping students understand the key components of work ethic development and the positive impact that a solid work ethic can have on a person's life.

Individual tickets for the Nov. 15 event are $49 to attend the Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit and they may be purchased at the link. The summit is organized by the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.