The Western Pathways Conference focuses on identifying and highlighting innovative and effective solutions to one of the most pressing challenges in our society…how to develop a better education and workforce development system, one that adequately prepares young adults for careers leading to economic independence.
The Conference attracts leaders from throughout education, business, government and philanthropy. It is an action-oriented Conference where state teams and individuals work together to address issues like the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, advocating for public policy changes, providing high-quality career development, creating career pathways within the education system and much more.
The Conference strives to present creative thinking, cutting-edge ideas and best practices from exemplary programs across the Western states. Although the Western Pathways Conference will focus on the Western states, representatives from all states are welcome to attend.
The Western states include:
The Western Pathways Conference is organized by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in collaboration with prominent national and Western partners. The 2019 Conference was hosted by Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
2020 will be our sixth annual Pathways Conference. The Conference began as the Southwest Pathways Conference, and was held in Arizona in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, we expanded to the entire West, and the Conference was held in Denver, hosted by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. In 2018, the Conference was held in Salt Lake City and hosted by Utah Governor Gary Herbert; in 2019, the Conference was held in Portland and was hosted by Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
As this history suggests, the Conference enjoys strong bipartisan support.