Next Generation Sector Partnership Community of Practice

Next Gen 101 - 2018

Next Gen 101 


Please join us for a one-day intensive introductory workshop on the foundations of building Next Gen Sector Partnerships on September 25th in Chicago, IL

Are you new to the Next Gen model and looking for a way to learn more about what these partnerships are, what they achieve, and how they're different?

  • Are you considering sending a team to the 2019 National Academy but want to first send a "scout" to see if the Next Gen model is right for your region or state?

  • Are you an experienced Next Gen practitioner with new staff or colleagues who need a quick, intensive orientation to Next Gen? 

September 25th 9am-4pm

Chicago, Illlinois

REgistration: $250

This training will bring together workforce development, economic development, and education leaders from both state- and local/regional levels to gain a solid foundation in the Next Gen Sector Partnership model, including:

  • What Next Gen Sector Partnerships are, what they achieve, how they're different and why they matter in building stronger regional economies and education and training systems;

  • The step-by-step process of building strong, sustainable Next Gen Partnerships;

  • Practical tools, tips and resources to prepare you to successfully launch.

This training is an ideal opportunity to connect with peers from across the country and learn from national experts, Lindsey Woolsey and Francie Genz, on what it takes to build sustainable, industry-driven partnerships. 

At this time, our workshops are only open to practitioners in the field due to space and capacity constraints. If you are a consultant or advisor on sector partnerships, please feel free to contact us directly to learn more about the Next Gen model at

Are you Interested in attending a Next Gen 101 National Training, but unable to make the September 25th event? Please let us know via this link and you will be the first to hear about future trainings. 

Do you find yourself wondering, "What is a Next Gen Sector Partnership?" Explore our website

Event Logistics

Location: The workshop location is centrally located in downtown Chicago. 

69 West Washington Street22nd Floor, Chicago IL 60602

Lodging: We do not have arranged hotel blocks. Please book a hotel that best fits your needs. There are dozens of hotels within blocks of the meeting location and public transportation is very easy to use. If you are interested in staying farther out or in a neighborhood, the Conference Center will be very easily accessible via public transportation. 

Transportation: O'Hare International and Midway International airports offer easy flights into Chicago. To learn more about options please visit the Fly Chicago website here. 

Public transportation is easily accessible between the Conference Center and both O'Hare and Midway. Learn more about options from both airports at the Fly Chicago website. Taxi and rideshare options are available at both O'Hare and Midway. Car rentals are also an option, but keep in mind that parking downtown is expensive.


Thank you to our sponsor:

 Cook County, IL

Cook County, IL