Western Pathways Conference 2017

The 2017 Western Pathways Conference was uniquely focused on an issue central to the future of our economy and society: how can we build an education and workforce development system that will prepare ALL young adults for careers leading to economic independence? The conference had an action-oriented approach in which teams from the participating states came together to develop plans for addressing such issues as the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, providing high-quality career development and career pathways, and much more. The Western Pathways Conference attracted national leaders from business, education, government and philanthropy to share knowledge, experience, ideas, and best practices.The Conference was organized and hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in partnership with the Colorado Business Roundtable, Education Commission of the States, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and Business-Higher Education Forum.

The Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University hosted the 2015 and 2016 Southwest Pathways Conferences in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2016 Southwest Pathways Conference attracted 500 participants from 28 states and over 90% of surveyed attendees said they would recommend that a colleague attend. Because of this success and the requests from states outside of the Southwest to get involved, the Global Pathways Institute and our partners have expanded the conference to include all 19 western states for the coming years.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:00 AM -
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:30 PM (Mountain Time)


Denver Marriott City Center
(303) 297-1300
1701 California St
Denver, Colorado 80202
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The Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University is committed to creating an America in which all young people are prepared to lead productive and successful lives. We believe that providing young people with high-quality career development and multiple pathways is the best way to help them discover and develop their potential and achieve economic independence.