HI-TEC - Keynotes


Wednesday, July 25
8:30-9:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Josh Davies

Chief Executive Officer
The Center for Work Ethic Development

Work Ethic: The Must-Have Skills for the 21st-Century Workforce

With the rapid change taking place in every sector of the workforce, a set of skills has emerged as the must-haves for the future. Sometimes called soft skills or foundational behaviors, employers simply call them Work Ethic. Nearly 9 out of 10 hiring managers nationwide say work ethic is their most important factor in hiring. The challenge is that fewer than 1 in 5 people have these workplace skills. Learn how to build these skills in your existing academic and technical courses and prepare your students for the 21st century workforce.

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. An in-demand speaker, Josh gives keynote presentations and workshops to more than thirty education, workforce, and corporate events annually. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.


Thursday, July 26
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Rita Teutonico

Associate Dean of Research
College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Florida International University Thursday, July 26
12:30-1:30 p.m.


Career Pathways and Job Opportunities in Technology Today
Dr. Teutonico will discuss current trends in the technology job market, with a special focus on the needs of US industry. She will provide some tips on obtaining the skills sets and training needed to be competitive for current opportunities. There will be time for questions from the audience so she can cover any topics that were left unanswered by her presentation.