Texas Workforce Commission to Hold 'GRACE' Conference to Assist Formerly Incarcerated Find Meaningful Employment

Growth throough Reentry to Advance Careers & Employment

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Reentering the workforce can be a challenge for individuals who have been incarcerated. Time away from the labor market and a criminal record can be barriers to employment. Meanwhile, many employers are facing labor shortages, exacerbated by the tremendous economic growth Texas is experiencing. 

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is hosting its "Growth through Reentry to Advance Careers & Employment" (GRACE) Conference. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to increase your workforce, while helping the formerly incarcerated gain meaningful employment and the opportunity for a fresh start. 

Topics will include: 
  • State resources information for employers 
  • How current employers are making second chance hiring successful 
  • Educational opportunities prior to release 
  • How these opportunities are changing lives for the better 
We invite you to attend this informative event. Registration is $70 and includes lunch.  
Please feel free to share the registration link below. 
Location: Arlington Expo Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas 76011 
Date:  September 28, 2023 
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Registration Fee: $70 
Registration Link: https://tbc.expoplanner.com/index.cfm?do=reg.flow&event_id=212 

Please see our agenda below:
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome
  Update from Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  Testimonials - What a Difference a Job Makes
  Panel Discussion - Partnerships to Forward Successful Reentry into the Workforce
12:15 pm Lunch / Keynote Speaker : Dr. Emily Williams Knight, CEO, Texas Restaurant Association and Education Foundation
  Panel Discussion - How Texas Can Support Second Chance Hiring
  Panel Discussion - What Worked and Didn't Work for Our Business
  Closing Remarks
4:00 pm Close