Michelle Rich


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM CDT
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:15 PM CDT

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Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center 
5000 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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The Association of Iowa Workforce Partners (AIWP) Annual Conference, now in its 15th year, is the primary professional development opportunity for workforce professionals, WIOA core partners, and state and regional workforce development board members in Iowa.

March 22 - 24, 2017
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
Des Moines, Iowa


Mike Fazio, CEO/Founder - Workforce180
Mike is a well known keynote speaker at state, regional and national conferences, as well as, for training thousands of WIB, Youth, School, Academy, One Stop, DOL, Non-Profit and Government staff from all 50 states + Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Guam!  He has enjoyed a 20+ year career focused on Sales, Management, Marketing, Training and Recruiting, with a definitive belief that enthusiastic Coaching and Leadership Development provides individuals and organizations the tools needed to reach higher levels of performance!  Everything he shares is in workforce language for workforce professionals.

Workshop topics to include:

  • Priority of Service
  • Youth
  • Career Pathways
  • Sector Partnerships
  • Technology
  • Much more!


Pre-Conference: Offender Re-Entry Simulation
Facilitated by Central Iowa Works, this re-entry simulation was developed by the United States Attorney's Office and takes participants through a four-week period in the life of an ex-offender. A panel of re-entry experts will also provide additional Iowa context to the issue. For more information, read this document about the simulation.

Workshop descriptions and speaker biographies (as available) are available at:


  • Pre-Conference: $50 (The pre-con is NOT included in full conference or single-day registration)
  • Full Conference: $140 for AIWP Members (staff of AIWP member organizations, WIOA core partners, and Iowa Workforce Development staff); $175 for Non-Members
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2017

Please Note

  • A separate registration, with a unique email address, is required for each participant.
  • No substitutions for registrations will be allowed.
  • If you are sending a check to pay for multiple participants, please indicate ALL registrants being paid for, including yourself. If paying with an institutional (non-personal) check for your single registration, include your name in the memo field.
  • To request an invoice if paying by check, please email Kasi at and include the name(s) of registrant(s) you will be paying for.
  • Payment is due by March 15, 2017.


Guest rooms are no longer available at the Ramada. Please check availability at the following nearby hotels that take the state rate:

Quality Inn & Suites - 4995 Merle Hay Rd - 515-278-2382
Super 8 - 5900 Sutton Place - 515-270-1037
Econo Lodge - 4755 Merle Hay Rd - 515-278-8858


Cancellations and refunds for conference registration will be made only if requested in writing to No refunds will be made after March 15, 2017. A $25 administrative fee will be retained for cancellations.