Emsi Conference 2018: Early-Bird Ends July 31!

Published on Jul 23, 2018

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Emsi Burning Glass

Emsi Conference 2018: Early-Bird Ends July 31!

The Emsi Conference is just a few weeks away! Early-bird registration closes July 31 and the room block at the Coeur d’Alene Resort ends August 5, so better register now.

What: Three days of training with the Emsi team, presentations from leading clients, and networking with professionals within higher education, workforce development, economic development, talent acquisition, and site selection.

When: September 10-12

Where: The beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Why Should You Come?

Emsi has developed a new skills-based data model that overcomes the weaknesses of government data taxonomies and gives unprecedented insight into the skills that employers really want—and hence the skills that students and jobseekers should acquire, and the skills that colleges should train for.

For example, we used this model to analyze the top skills for data scientists, as well as the hybrid skills that employers need within the booming world of manufacturing. We’re also using this model to explore the skills and labor market outcomes of liberal arts degrees (stay tuned for the final report).

Come to the Emsi conference to learn how this new skills-based data model helps us solve our clients’ problems better than ever: engaging students, developing relevant programs, growing and retaining businesses, developing a skilled workforce, and recruiting amazing talent.


Dr. Michelle Weise and Dr. Carlo Salerno from Strada Education Network℠ (Strada) will deliver keynotes.

Dr. Michelle Weise is senior vice president of workforce strategies at Strada Education Network, as well as chief innovation officer of the newly launched Strada Institute for the Future of Work. She will speak on Strada’s vision for The Future of Work as a “new kind of R&D lab” dedicated to identifying solutions for working adults and informing Strada’s mission impact investments.

Dr. Carlo Salerno serves as Strada’s vice president of data analytics. He will speak on the vision for (and most recent results of) the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey. Launched in 2016 by Gallup and Strada, the Education Consumer Survey is a daily survey of 350 U.S. adults that strives to give a voice to higher education consumers. Dr. Salerno will discus the role that data plays in solving these problems and promoting student success in the job market.

Read more about our keynotes here.

Breakout Sessions

Here’s a sneak peek at a few breakout sessions led by Emsi power users. More coming soon!

Welding, Food Science, Media, and Manufacturing: How Emsi Data Can Help in Program Development

How can you best use labor market data to discover new opportunities, validate successful programs, or identify programs that are at risk? In this panel, three institutions will discuss how they use Emsi’s labor market data within Analyst to ensure their programs stay relevant so their graduates are prepared for in-demand careers. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s yearly program review has led to the creation of a new welding program and a new food science tech program. The University of Idaho’s remarkable use of data has not only helped in program development, but also built objectivity and consensus throughout the institution. And Columbus State Community College collaborated with the local Honda manufacturing plant to develop a hugely successful manufacturing program that has turned Columbus State into a talent pipeline for Honda.

  • Barb Tucker, Executive Director of College Effectiveness – Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

  • Dr. Cher Hendricks, Vice Provost, Academic Initiatives – University of Idaho

  • Jeff Spain, Senior Training & Performance Consultant – Columbus State Community College

Transforming Students’ Lives Through Strategic Employer Engagement

Employer engagement is a critical part of every school’s mission. By building robust, mutual partnerships with strategic employers, colleges and universities can develop programs that lead to in-demand jobs, equip their students with skills desired by local businesses, and ultimately help their graduates succeed in their careers. But which businesses should you target? What skills are they asking for? Do you have programs that fit these needs, or should you create new ones? In this panel, hear success stories and detailed how-tos from a unique variety of schools: Arizona State University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Broward College. Each of these institutions have used Emsi data to build powerful partnerships to create relevant programs, produce skilled workers, and ultimately transform students’ lives.

  • Darcy Richardson, Director of Continuing & Professional Education, EdPlus – Arizona State University

  • Brian Fleming, Executive Director – Southern New Hampshire University

  • Fortin Jean-Pierre, Senior Program Specialist – Broward College

A Better Way to Track Labor Market Outcomes: How to Get the Most Out of Emsi’s Alumni Insight

How are your students using their education in the real world? As tuition prices rise and young people increasingly question the value of a degree, schools are under the gun to demonstrate the labor market outcomes of their programs. In this presentation, Dr. Kevin Long from Montgomery College will demonstrate how you can use Emsi’s résumé and social profile data within Alumni Insight to track the performance of your students, show prospective students that your grads are employed in quality careers, and build strategic partnerships with employers hiring your graduates.

  • Dr. Kevin Long, Director of Policy & Planning – Montgomery College

Innovative Ways to Use Career Coach for Student Engagement

When students have career visions, they’re more likely to complete their education on time—and succeed in their careers. In this session, you’ll learn how two institutions in particular are using Career Coach help students choose the right programs and finish strong. Thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign, University of Alaska has promoted the adoption of Career Coach across its three accredited universities and 13 associated community colleges. Meanwhile, McHenry County College in Illinois is using Career Coach to prepare students for job interviews, as well as to counsel community members desiring to change careers or re-enter the job market.

  • Fred Villa, Associate Vice President, Workforce Programs in Academic Affairs – University of Alaska

  • Daniel Ortega, Coordinator, Career Services – McHenry County College

Register here. Check out our speakers. Explore the agenda. Contact Gwen Burrow at events@economicmodeling.com