Reenvisioning Retail

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In the age of COVID-19 the need for scalable models for upskilling the frontline workforce and filling jobs with skilled workers is more important than ever. Reenvisioning Retail is an opportunity to convene partners in discussions about equitable strategies for economic recovery and identified opportunities for upskilling, reskilling, and redeploying displaced workers that could be implemented to support the economic well-being of frontline workers in communities now and in the future. This April, we have 3 days dedicated to these conversations.

WHEN: April 14-16, 2021

WHY: Retail, hospitality, tourism, and food and beverage service are some of the industries that continue to be the most heavily impacted by COVID-19. As Lives Empowered looks ahead to understanding equitable economic mobility for frontline workers in these industries, this convening will highlight actionable steps employers and public partners can take to stabilize businesses and keep workers moving forward. 

WHO: Company decision makers and HR professionals from retail, tourism, hospitality, and food and beverage businesses across Colorado; Public partners from workforce development, chambers of commerce, education and training providers and economic development; Funders and thought leaders interested in advancing frontline workers.

Reenvisioning Retail 2021: Agenda, Slides, and Recordings

Please use the drop down menus below to view the agenda, slides, and recordings from each day of Reenvisioning Retail 2021. 

For more resources from the Lives Empowered initiative, please see pages 7 and 8 of the event program

If you have questions or would like to connect with us, please email the Lives Empowered team at lives_empowered@state.co.us.


Day 1 - April 14

Business leaders and frontline employees share how integrating employee feedback into an organization’s structure can improve engagement and retention. 

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9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Thriving in Chaos

10:05 - 10:35 a.m. Listen & Lead Your Employees

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Don't Talk About Us, Without Us

Day 2 - April 15

Retail has experienced a great deal of change and uncertainty. Join us as we explore data trends and discuss the future of the industry. Day 2 will also walk employers through skills-based hiring approaches and partnerships intended to strengthen your ability to attract and retain quality employees and increase benefits (such as childcare). 

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9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Industry Trends

9:20 - 9:40 a.m. Partner Spotlight

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Let's Talk Skills: A Skills-Based Workshop

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The Value of Industry-recognized Credentials

Day 3 - April 16

Colorado businesses share how they develop employees through in-house training, including actionable steps that can be integrated into existing programs or used to develop new training for employees. 

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9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Upskilling Panel

10:05 - 11:30 a.m. Taking Action & Moving Forward




Thank You To Our 2021 Conference Partners


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Lives Empowered brings together retail businesses interested in working collaboratively to increase economic mobility for frontline workers across Colorado and contribute to a strong economy. Lives Empowered is made possible by a $4.1 million grant from Walmart to the Colorado Workforce Development Council.