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March 2023                                                                                                            Vol. 3, Issue 3 

Registration is open for the MAWD Conference in Branson, Missouri, April 26-28. Registration costs $325 for members and $400 for non-members. The membership fee is $25 and is good through June 30, 2023.

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2023 Annual Conference

April 26-28, 2023

Hilton Branson Convention Center

Booking your room is simple: just choose the hotel, room type and rate that best fits your needs.

Hilton Branson Convention Center

Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Check-In/Out Time:  Check-in time is 4:00 PM; check-out time is 11:00 AM. Hotel bellmen can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.

Parking Options/Fees:  Guests of the hotel can either park at our Self-Parking Garage for $15/Day for unlimited in & out privileges, or Valet Park for $25/Day for unlimited in & out privileges.  Guests will check into the Hotel prior to selecting their parking options.  Prevailing Rates Apply. View Convention Center Parking HERE.

Conference Sponsorships

Sponsors enhance our conference in ways that add value to attendees while presenting a great venue to connect with workforce professionals.  We have 4 different levels of sponsorship.  Each level is listed below.  Complete the on-line registration and mark the designated level you wish to sponsor.

    • Platinum Level - $1,000  - includes 6 second ad and listed on conference App, business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions, break sponsorship, and complimentary inclusion of your information in the conference registration packet.

    • Gold Level - $750  - includes 3 second ad and listed on conference App, business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions, and break sponsorship.

    • Silver Level - $500  - includes 3 second listed on conference App and business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions.

    • Bronze Level - $250  - includes listed on conference App and business logo shown on big screen during all general sessions.

Be a Sponsor

Exhibitor Opportunity

Exhibitor Pricing: $500

  • Registration for one attendee to all conference sessions, meals and activities

    • Additional representatives will register as a single attendee at a cost of $400

  • One 8 foot table, two chairs, waste paper basket, draped skirt and name plate to display marketing materials

  • Company logo on conference mobile app and projection screen during general sessions 

  • Electricity is available at an additional cost and is payable to the convention center separately.

  • Storage, shipping, labor is available through the convention center and handled separately.  

  • Exhibitors will be able to set-up beginning at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 26th and tear down on Thursday, April 27th at 4:00.

Exhibitors are welcome to continue to display until after the closing session on Friday, April 28th at 11:30 am.

Be an Exhibitor

Award Nominations

Professional of the Year

Recognize experienced workforce development professionals who have made the highest meritorious contribution to the designing and implementing professional development initiatives that enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies of workforce development professionals. Nominees may be involved in curriculum development, professional credentialing, staff training, staff evaluation, incentives, needs assessment and/or related areas

Workforce Keystone

Recognize experienced workforce development staff not on the ‘front line’ working directly with participants, but providing the highest level of meritorious service behind the scenes. Nominees may be involved in providing administrative support, financial expertise, information technology services and/or other workforce development support related areas. Many workforce staff provide these much needed services each and every day. Without their dedication, much of what is done couldn’t happen in such a smooth and efficient manner.


Recognize an outstanding professional from a partner agency in the workforce system. Nominees should be employed by any partner involved in the workforce system, and should indicate how this individual promotes partnership, innovation and collaboration within the workforce community


New for 2023!

MAWD's Workforce Rookie of the Year

This award is to recognize someone who has “hit the ground running” and made extraordinary contributions to local or state workforce in his/her career. The Newcomer of the Year award encourages, recognizes, and celebrates one who has met the challenges of providing workforce development early in their career and who demonstrates the ability and commitment to positively impact the states workforce.


Currently exhibits outstanding performance at current job, demonstrates effective collegial interactions when facing new or difficult tasks, and brings innovative and useful ideas to task at hand and shares them with others.


  • Must be a member in good standing of Missouri Association for Workforce Development
  • Must have not have worked more than two years in their current position
Download Nomination Form

Local Excellence Award in Partnership

The Local Excellence Award in Partnership (LEAP). This award is designed to promote WIOA partnering activities throughout Missouri.


  • How funds will be used to promote an existing or new initiative around workforce partnering.
  • Involvement by both WIOA core and required partners in this initiative
  • Award dollars must be utilized during the grant year awarded.
  • One grantee will be chosen among the nominees. Award recipient will be announced at the MAWD conference.
  • Award amount is $2,500.00
Download LEAP Nomination Form

MAWD Scholarship

The MAWD Scholarship Award is for MAWD members, their spouse or children.

  • Applicants must be a MAWD member in good standing for 2 consecutive years.
  • The application must include a 1 page or less justification for the course of study.
  • The student must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a 3.25 GPA on a 5.0 scale, or for a first time student, a letter of acceptance.
  • The education institution must be approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • A transcript must be submitted from high school or the educational institution the student is currently attending.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the 2023 Annual Conference, April 27, 2023. Applications must be submitted to Dana Keller at no later than March 1st, 2023.

MAWD Scholarship Application