The Maryland Workforce Association is proud to announce the Raising the Bar Conference will be back this fall! This two-day event provides workforce development and education professionals with the opportunity to discuss evidence-based solutions and promising practices for developing Maryland’s workforce system. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network, discuss innovative solutions for the industry and entertain in-depth conversations!


Date: Sept. 17-19th, 2019

Pre-Conference: Tuesday, 9/17/19

Conference Day 1: Wednesday, 9/18/19

Conference Day 2: Thursday, 9/19/19

Where: Turf Valley 2700 Turf Valley Road Ellicott City, MD 21042
For more information, contact Walter Simmons at

Keynote Speakers

Tiffany P. Robinson

Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor​

Tiffany Robinson was appointed Secretary of the MD Department of Labor in July 2019. Robinson leads the department in protecting and empowering Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, and cultivating a thriving workforce that meets the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy.

Marcus Bullock

CEO - Flikshop

Bullock is Founder and CEO of Flikshop, a free app that enables incarcerated people to receive personalized postcards from their families; building community and decreasing recidivism. Marcus is an entrepreneur, justice reform advocate and public speaker.

Ron Painter

President and CEO - NAWB

Painter travels the country meeting with State and Local workforce leaders to understand how best to spread innovative trends in human capital development throughout the nation-wide job training system.

Gary Schoeniger

Founder and CEO - ELI

Schoeniger has emerged as an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education and training. Gary has presented around the world including the U.S. State Department.