JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson’s Jobs for Jacksonians program will host a comprehensive Workforce Development Summit on Thursday, October 20 at the Jackson State University (JSU) e-Center.

Panelists will focus on education, and public, private and nonprofit partnerships. 

“I’d like to express my appreciation to Jobs for Jacksonians for holding this summit,” said Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba. “This is a great way to get key decision makers together to forge lasting partnerships and have a fruitful discussion.” 

The summit aims to serve as a preeminent networking event and foster new working partnerships among event attendees who want to be innovative about their respective processes. 

Here is the summit agenda:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Registration opens 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Opening remarks
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Panel 1 Discussion Theme: Fostering Partnerships among the Four Pillars of Workforce Development
    • Moderator, Othor Cain – Director of Strategic Programs and Media Operations, Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi
    • Panelist, Sammy Moon – Executive Director, Mississippi Alliance for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
    • Panelist, State Sen. Sollie Norwood, District 28, Mississippi State Legislature
    • Panelist, Willie Jones – President and CEO, Dependable Source Corporation
    • Panelist, Dr. Errick Greene, Superintendent, Jackson Public School District 
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Panel 2  Discussion Theme: Strengthening Pipelines that Inspire Innovative Solutions
    • Moderator, Alice Tisdale – Publisher Emeritus, The Jackson Advocate
    • Panelist, Bill Ashley – Director of Business Research and Workforce Development, Mississippi Development Authority
    • Panelist, Tamika Jenkins – Executive Director, Hinds County Economic Development Authority
    • Panelist, Kell Smith – Interim Executive Director, Mississippi Community College Board
    • Panelist, Donte Jones, Chief HOPE Officer, Magnolia Corporation
  • 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker – Jeff Good, President, Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group 
  • 12:45 to 1 p.m. Closing remarks.