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2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference

Join us during National Apprenticeship Week for our second annual Apprenticeship TN Conference!

Graphic on Save the Date! 2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - Healthcare November 16, 2021; 2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - Hospitality November 16, 2021; 2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - Manufacturing November 18, 2021

Whether you know a lot or nothing at all about Registered Apprenticeship Programs, this conference is right for you! This year the Apprenticeship Tennessee team will host three 2-hour sessions with specific focus on HealthcareHospitality, and ManufacturingAudience members will hear from industry intermediaries and employers on how they utilize USDOL Registered Apprenticeship Programs to develop a strong and skilled workforce.

This Conference is for anyone who is interested in learning about US DOL Registered Apprenticeships, and how this workforce strategy can benefit their talent pipelines. Those who currently have a US DOL Registered Apprenticeship Program are also invited to attend as well. There is something for everyone.


Save the Date! (Virtual via Microsoft Teams)

2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - Healthcare
Tuesday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. CST

2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - Hospitality
Tuesday, November 16, 1:00 p.m. CST

2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - Manufacturing
Thursday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. CST

Governor's Proclamation of 2021 National Apprenticeship Week in Tennessee

Healthcare Panelists

Laura Ginsburg
Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), Subject Matter Expert

Laura Ginsburg is a Subject Matter Expert with Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP). Ginsburg joined H-CAP, a national healthcare intermediary funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2019 to help expand Registered Apprenticeship in healthcare. Previously, Ginsburg had been the Division Chief, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship overseeing apprenticeship expansion. In that capacity, she led many initiatives after joining the department in 2000, including expanding Registered Apprenticeship in healthcare, finance, and IT; developing the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium, a network of colleges that support apprenticeships; and drafting policy and managing implementation on Registered Apprenticeship and the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA). She spearheaded an initiative to better align the Registered Apprenticeship system and high schools to expand youth apprenticeships. Prior to joining USDOL, Ginsburg launched and directed an executive training program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She holds a master’s degree from American University, Washington, D.C.

Deano Harrison
Singing River Health System, Human Resources Program Specialist – Performance

Deano Harrison is an experienced HR professional with over 18 years in the Learning and Development specialty capturing government and private sectors. He currently works with Singing River Health System as a Workforce Development Specialist establishing pathways to assist the daunting task of healthcare staffing and retention. Deano was instrumental in the establishment of the first Department of Labor-recognized Healthcare Apprenticeship in the state of Mississippi and now has four approved. In addition, he is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he was recognized for his work in the training and development spectrum leading projects for the WC-130-H to the WC-130J Model Dropsonde crewmember conversion, refining just in time training for 15,000 Airmen deploying with other branches, and Emotional Intelligence Toolbox for junior officer development. He holds a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Troy University and is actively pursuing a Doctorate in Human Capital Development with a dissertation exploring work-based learning in healthcare from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Tiffani Limpus
Summit Medical Group, PLLC, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Tiffani Limpus is currently the Talent Acquisition Specialist at Summit Medical Group, PLLC. Summit Medical Group is the largest privately owned healthcare provider in East Tennessee. Tiffani worked at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for several years. She earned her associate’s degree from Pellissippi State Technical Community College and furthered her pursuit of education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee. Her 20-plus years of healthcare experience spans employers from Covenant Medical Group, TeamHealth, a medical staffing company, to her current role at Summit. She has a passion for education and development for those pursuing jobs or advancement in healthcare. Tiffani is a thoughtful employee advocate, always searching and pursuing opportunities for growth and development to offer current staff through partnerships with the various educational programs in the area, while building relationships with those programs to provide training and job placement for their students. Tiffani has served as an industry sponsor for the Tennessee Board of Regents Skills USA and on the Tennessee Board of Regents TCAT CMA program board and currently partners with Walters State Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Program.

Dr. Anita Ricker
Walters State Community College, Assistant Dean of Workforce Training

Dr. Anita Ricker is the Assistant Dean of Workforce Training, which includes corporate customized training for 10 counties in East Tennessee and all things apprenticeships representing Walters State Community College. She holds an MBA and EdD in Private and Post-Secondary Leadership from East Tennessee State University. Also, she has numerous information technology and leadership program certifications. During her leadership in the last 10 years, the College has won two statewide non-credit program awards, as well as numerous equipment grants. She lives in Greeneville, TN and loves spending time with her family, especially her grandsons.

Hospitality Panelists
(more bios coming!)

Dr. Karen Bowyer
Dyersburg State Community College
Dawn Fallert
The Crown Winery
Paul Jensen
Lime Light Hospitality, Chef
Paul Jensen is a fourth-generation chef with 25 years of professional culinary experience. With his wife Chrissy and 13 children, he opened the fast-casual restaurant, "The Dotted Lime," in traditionally meat & three Columbia, Tennessee, making wholesome food attainable for the fast-food generation. The Dotted Lime recently celebrated its fourth anniversary after 18 months of sustained growth through the COVID pandemic. In that same time, the Jensens also expanded, opening a gluten-free commercial bakery and manufacturing facility and Lime & Loaf, a retail "kitchenarium" in partnership with local home goods store Smith & York. Chef Jensen plans to open a second restaurant with an entirely new concept near the new Lime & Loaf location in Fall 2021.
Dr. Edward Walden
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Manufacturing Panelists

Scott Ellsworth
Jobs for the Future

Scott Ellsworth is the Principal and Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions. As a contractor to Jobs for the Future, he works to engage employers more fully in developing and implementing effective apprenticeship programs and driving greater inclusion of all populations in the workforce. Prior to founding Scott Ellsworth Consulting, Scott was the Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU), a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy and education organization that strives to bring employers into the workforce and skills gap discussion. He also has over 25 years of experience in managing a variety of manufacturing firms both large and small, including most recently as VP and General Manager of US Operations for Tipco Punch in Hamilton, Ohio. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from LSU-Shreveport.

Angela Massey
Atlantic Track, Director of Human Resources─Plant Operations

Angela Massey is the Director of Human Resources Operations for Atlantic Track. For the past 5 years she has worked tirelessly to create and foster a culture of learning in the workplace. Angela believes in the power of partnerships and together with Shelby County Schools has launched the first apprenticeship program for high school students in the district. In the spring of 2022, Atlantic Track will open a state-of-the-art training center aimed at empowering more young people to learn to earn. Angela is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and energy to encourage and inspire others to become the best versions of themselves.

Jennifer Savard
Micro Craft, Human Resources Manager

Jennifer Savard joined the Micro Craft team in May 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business Management from the University of Phoenix in July 2010. Prior to Micro Craft she spent 3 years supporting 22 Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Facilities Departments. Jennifer currently holds two Human Resources certifications, SHRM-CP and PHR. She is currently heading the Human Resources Department and is responsible for employee management needs: recruitment, onboarding, training, performance management, conflict resolution, and benefits administration. She has been instrumental in reinstating the Machinist Apprenticeship Program at Micro Craft─creating a new pipeline of talent for the manufacturing department.

Carri Smith
Valmont Industries, Human Resources Manager

Carri Smith joined the Valmont Industries team as Human Resources Manager for the Jasper, TN location in September 2012. Valmont Industries, Inc. is a global leader in providing products that support critical infrastructure, essential for economic and agricultural growth. The Jasper location produces engineered support structures for the Utility Division. As a manufacturer, Valmont Industries is dependent on skilled labor and Carri knows the value of tapping into every available workforce pool as well as working with the education sector.


Virtual Conference on Microsoft Teams: 2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - HEALTHCARE| Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 9:00-10:30 a.m. CST


Virtual Conference on Microsoft Teams: 2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - HOSPITALITY| Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1:00-3:00 p.m. CST


Virtual Conference on Microsoft Teams: 2021 Apprenticeship TN Conference - MANUFACTURING | Thursday, November 18, 2021, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST