Next Generation Sector Partnership Community of Practice

by Invitation only

Advanced Convener Training

About the Advanced Convener Training

This is an invite-only event that will bring together practitioners from at least 11 states for intensive best practice sharing. Invitations have only been extended to practitioners and state coaches who have actively convened/ co-convened or supported a network of partnerships for a minimum of at least 6-months.  The event will include guidance from some of the most advanced partnerships around the country. This is not a Next Gen 101. The day will focus on nuts-and-bolts tools like job descriptions, committee structures and fundraising, as well as deeper topics like sustainability, staffing, and intersections with apprenticeship and work-based learning activities. Conveners and coaches will return home with fresh ideas, best practices, and the tools needed to take partnerships to the next level.

A big thank you to our hosts, Cook County and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, for making this convening possible! Thanks also to the ongoing support of Next Gen Community of practice sponsors. 

This page is your spot for registration, training details, lodging, and transportation options. We will also post the agenda and materials here. Stay tuned! 

training Details

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cook County Conference Center
69 West Washington Street
22nd Floor
Chicago IL 60602

The conference center is centrally located in downtown Chicago. 



We do not have hotel blocks pre-arranged. Please book a hotel that best fits your needs. The list below are simply suggestions. 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.  Note that prices below are based on when the search was completed, they may change. Remember, most hotel cancellation policies allow you to cancel at no cost with 24 hour advance notice, so book what looks like the best option now, and then keep browsing in case a better deal surfaces. 


Central Loop Hotel - $222

111 West Adams

4 stars Trip Advisor


Cambia Hotel = $246

Theatre District

32 W. Randolph

4.5 stars Trip Advisor


Comfort Suites = $279

320 N. Michigan

4.5 stars Trip Advisor


Hotel Blake = $275

500 S. Dearborn

4.5 stars Trip Advisor


London House = $235

85 E. Wacker

4.5 Stars Trip Advisor


River Hotel Chicago Downtown = $214

75 E. Upper Wacker Dr.

4 stars Trip Advisor


Silversmith Hotel = $296

10 S. Wabash

4.5 stars Trip Advisor


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.