New Collar Workforce Summit

Reimagining Job Skills

Lifelong Learning ...

... and Workforce Readiness

For Our Citizens to SLAY Opportunities ...

Created by the Future of Work



Workplace | Tools | Training !

Join thought leaders to unpack the Future of Work, ideate solutions to K - 12, higher education and workforce training problems, then join a year-long journey of innovation by attending the 2022 kick-off New Collar Workforce Summit!

You can find the full schedule here…

The New Collar Workforce Summit Features Fun,
Interactive Ideation Labs Generating Strategies &
Collaborations for Winning in the Future of Work


Many “blue collar” jobs across a wide range of industries have become digital “New Collar” jobs that demand 21st century skills.  The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2023 almost 133 million New Collar jobs will be created utilizing disruptive technologies like AI, robotics, CAD design, AR/VR, and 3D Printing.

The question then is:
“how do we prepare current and future workers
for this new work reality?”

It starts with

  • A workplace that sparks creativity & design thinking
  • 21st century tools like 3D Printers for innovators to bring their new ideas to life
  • Hands-on, project-based training like registered apprenticeships to jumpstart anyone who didn’t even know they have digital talent

At the summit you can join thought leaders in the Future of Work, employers from a wide range of industries, federal, state and local policy makers, innovative educators, and alternative education providers, as we reimagine and enable lifelong learning opportunities to create opportunities for workers in our communities.


Co-located with the Innovate + Educate
Crossing the Cactus Summit
Santa Fe Convention Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Schedule Overview
Monday May 2 Morning

Breakfast New Mexican Style

Thought-leaders Setting the Stage for Ideation Sessions via
Fireside Chats and Group Discussions on


  • Creating K – 12 experiences that prepare students for in-demand jobs or college
  • Innovative Workforce Training Programs
  • Policy needed to accelerate change in K – 12 Education & Workforce Training
  • Workforce hiring practices that are inclusive by providing alternatives for 
    challenges in today’s society

Lunch/Networking/Tech Demos

Monday May 2 Afternoon:

Ideation Sessions

Creating a task force & working groups

Transition to Crossing the Cactus Summit

4:30 p.m. Opening Inspiration Panel
Led by Jamai Blivin, Innovate+Educate Founder, for attendees of both Summits

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception

Tuesday & Wednesday May 3 & 4 

Full Crossing the Cactus Summit 
Separate registration for Crossing the Cactus OR discounted registration for both Summits.


You can find the full schedule here






2021 Summit Organizers

Conference Co-hosts

Sarah Boisvert
Founder, The New Collar Network
Author, How to Get a New Collar Job

On a mission to innovate Lifelong Learning
at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center!


Robert Brown
Future of Work Visionary
Former, VP, Cognizant Future of Work Lab

Rockstar at 2019 NCN Summit!


Alex Greenberg

Director of the Office of Science and Technology
NM Economic Development Department

Reena Szczepanski

Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the NM House

Mia Petersen

Executive Director
New Mexico Technology Council

It’s All About the Space Where You Learn, Work, & Play!

Vince Kadlubek

Co-founder & Former Meow Wolf CEO
Reimagining space so creativity can explode!

Vince Kadlubek

Co-founder & Former Meow Wolf CEO
Reimagining space so creativity can explode!


John Rizzo

Entrepreneurial change agent, focused on leveraging the power of innovation
and technology to amplify the common good.


Dale Dekker

Founder, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Architect by Training, Visionary by Temperament

Exploring Today’s Re-imagined Hiring Practices

Laurie Monfiletto
HR Director
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Today You Need 21st Century
Tools to Innovate!

From AI to Robotics, 3D Printing to AR/VR, and everything in between, you’ll see demos of the latest tech that demands digital skills.

Workers Need to Be Trained to Work
with These Amazing New Tools!

Today people have New Ideas about lifelong learning. 

We’ll explore alternative training programs like
the modern US DOL Registered Apprenticeship, new
developments in certifications from Harvard, Santa Fe
Community College & MIT, and digital badge

Learn how the Urban Institute & Youngstown State are Upgrading Registered Apprenticeships for today’s jobs

Diana Elliott

Senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute in D.C.

Diana is especially passionate about registered apprenticeships and helped make the Fab Lab Hub program happen in Santa Fe!

US DOL 3D Printing Registered Apprentices
at Fab Lab Hub, LLC in Santa Fe NM

Jennifer Oddo

Executive Director Division of Workforce Education and Innovation, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

Jennifer Rocks Apprenticeships & is Sponsor for US Dept. of Labor 3D Printing Registered Apprenticeships!

It all starts with K – 12 Education!

Tucumari NM HS Invent Team

Winner of MIT-Lemelson Invent Grant

Stephanie Couch
Executive Director, MIT-Lemelson INVENT!

Stephanie brings invention education to the nation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To find out how your organization can be one of our summit sponsors, please email our team or check out our Sponsor Page!

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