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Summit for Industry Leaders

Building the Workforce of the Future

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April 15th
Dallas, TX


Day Event




Panel Discussion


Working Sessions



About the Event

The professional landscape is rapidly evolving, both public and private sector organizations are recognizing it’s imperative to adapt. In order to successfully recruit and retain talent, organizations must establish a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, provides training and development opportunities and promotes flexible work schedules.

Enhance your knowledge of the future of work through hearing from and engaging with industry professionals and key decision-makers. As an attendee, your ability to engage with local and national leaders in an intimate setting, is unlike any other opportunity out there.

Organizations Attending

ACS Firm
Archer Western | AWH
Baton Rouge Metro Airport
City of Dallas
  • Code Compliance
  • Equipment & Fleet Management
  • Human Resources / Civil Service
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Sanitation
  • Transportation Department
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas College
Dallas Department of Aviation
  • Dallas Love Field
  • Dallas Executive Airport
Dallas Independent School District
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Regional Chamber
DFW Airport
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
HR Answers
Intently Collaborative
Security Associates Limited
Tarrant County
CollegeTexas Workforce Commission
Torres Hazley Enterprises, LLC
Tri-State Airport
UNT Dallas
UD Department of Labor
Workforce Solutions Borderplex
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas
Workforce Solutions North Central Texas

Host + MC

Sheneice Hughes

Sheneice M. Hughes, M.A.P., USAP, is the Assistant Director of Administration & Customer Engagement at Dallas Airport System (Dallas Love Field, Dallas Executive Airport and Vertiport).  Sheneice has been in the Aviation industry for approximately ten years.  In her current position, she oversees Budget, Finance, Accounting, Customer Engagement, the Aviation Hiring Team, Parking, External Communications & Marketing, and Title VI.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Relations from Grambling State University and a Master’s of Applied Psychology in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She has approximately 22 years of experience with the City of Dallas. She also holds IPMA-SCP certification from IPMA-HR and the new USAP certification from ACI-NA.  She is also a member of AAAE and ACI-NA where she serves on several committees.

Host + Moderator

Eric Mercado

Eric founded ACS Firm with the vision of offering a fresh management consulting experience to the aviation, transportation, and government industries. His experience spans municipal government, general aviation and commercial service airports and private business. He has managed organizations and their operations, administration and teams and truly has a passion for inclusion and elevating the organizations he works with for future success.


Eric earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He achieved the Certified Member (C.M.) and Airport Certified Employee (ACE) – Operations & ACE Security statuses through the American Association of Airport Executives, is licensed as a Private Pilot and is certified in the Hogan Personality Assessment and is a Certified Facilitator in Civil Treatment and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.


Industry Experts



Workforce Development

Courtney Arbour

Workforce Director, TX Workforce Commission

Courtney Arbour is the Director of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Workforce Development Division where she oversees an integrated workforce development system that provides employment and training activities for the state of Texas through 28 Workforce Development Boards and 174 Workforce Solutions Offices, more than 100 Adult Education and Literacy and apprenticeship providers.

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Lee Price

TX Department of Labor, Apprenticeships

Lee is an organizational development and training executive. In 2014 he became the Arkansas State Director for the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship where he served for six years before his appointment as the current Texas State Director.  

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Tarsha M. LaCour

Chief People Officer, Dallas Mavericks

In her role as Chief People Officer, Tarsha LaCour is responsible for leading the people strategy in one of the most renowned sports teams in the nation. As the HR leader for the Dallas Mavericks, her responsibilities include identifying and developing leaders, creating the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, aligning managers with the company’s vision and priorities, payroll and benefit management and employee engagement. 

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Jarred D. Davis

Civil Service Director and Board Secretary

City of Dallas, Texas

Jarred Davis currently serves as the Civil Service Director and Board Secretary for the City of Dallas.  Annually the department’s operation directly supports talent sourcing and screening needs for approximately 1700 sworn and civilian. He has over 15 years of human resources leadership experience, specializing in the areas of talent acquisition, employee relations, and equal opportunity. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Secondary Education and Master of Science in Higher Education and Management from Texas A&M University -Commerce.

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Leila Melendez

CEO, Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Leila Melendez is CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex, a non-profit partner of the Texas Workforce Commission.  WSB serves job seekers in the 6-county region in Far West Texas by working closely with local businesses, education institutions, economic development agencies, and local governments towards improving the skills, wages, and competitiveness of the Borderplex workforce. 

Ms. Melendez is a product of El Paso, having graduated from Bel Air High School, taking courses at EPCC, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and her MBA from UTEP.  She's a proponent of lifelong learning and completed an executive education course in behavioral insights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

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Corey Kelly

Senior Branch Manager, Cornerstone Staffing

Corey Kelly is a 10 year veteran of the staffing and recruiting industry, overseeing the sales and service delivery for 3 of CornerStone Staffing’s branches here in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Born and raised in East Dallas, Corey has seen Dallas/Ft. Worth grow in to one of, if not the most resilient and productive economies in the United States. 

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Corporate Wellness

Veronica Torres Hazley

Founder, Workplace Fit Co and V12 Yoga

As the Chief Impact Officer her focus lies in community development, customer service, leadership training, content curation and cause marketing. Veronica is also the founder of Hey Chica! By Healthy Latina Lifestyle- a Latina Leadership Collective. A movement for women looking to collaborate with their fellow community leaders, advocates, and influencers to curate their dream goals with passion and gusto! 

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Corporate Wellness

Ade Hazley

Founder, Workplace Fit Co and V12 Yoga

Ade Hazley has over 20 years of health and wellness experience with a plethora of focused initiatives in Fitness. He began his career in personal training and corporate wellness programming. Later in his career he expanded his platform in corporate wellness along with consulting and management. He is the co owner ofTorres Hazley Enterprise, LLC the parent company of V12 yoga and Workplace fit co.

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Working Session Facilitator

Dr. Randolph (Randy) Hudgins Jr.

Vice President, Human Resources

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Orlando, FL 

Randy Hudgins, DBA, PHR, is a certified human resources professional through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  He is also a current member in good standing with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He has been with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority since 2017 and is currently the Vice President of Human Resources.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Barry University, a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Nova Southeastern University, and a doctorate degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management from Northcentral University.

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Registration & Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Speaker Courtney Arbour - Workforce Trends

Speaker Lee Price - Apprenticeships

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Panel Discussion - Navigating the Future of Work: Challenges and Strategies

Lunch Break with Exhibitors

Speakers Work-life Balance

Working Group 1 Recruitment Challenges

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Working Group 2 Retention Challenges

Closing Remarks

Evening Mixer -Taste of DAL Concessions
Featuring food and drinks from Hops & Grapes, Cantina Laredo, Campisi's Restaurant, Chili's Bar & Grill and Whataburger

Dallas Love Field Flight Deck Conference Center

Dallas, TX

The Venue

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Breakfast + Lunch
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Sponsorship and Exhibiting

Get Involved

This Event is Designed For Attendees and Professionals in: Aviation, Transportation, Municipal & Government, Concessions, Consulting Firms and Corporate, Small & Diverse Businesses. Be a part of this event through sponsorship or exhibiting and be a part of the discussion with leaders of the future. Reach out to get more information on how to support the summit.

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