2018 Multi-State Learning Consortium Meeting


2018 Multi-State Learning Consortium Meeting

In November 2018, the 11 consortium states will convene for the second annual Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium Meeting. We will also be joined by a handful of states that recently came aboard the project and will be part of the consortium going forward.

This year, state teams will have the opportunity to focus on the four population groups—individuals with criminal records, veterans and military spouses, dislocated workers and immigrants with work authorization—license portability and reciprocity and other important topics. States will have ample opportunity to connect with and learn from fellow consortium states, as well as hear from other states that have taken action on occupational licensure. 


The 2018 Consortium Meeting will take place Nov. 28-30, 2018, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Fla. Attendance is by invitation only.

If you have any questions, please contact Linnette Vasquez

Agenda & Resources


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.




8 – 9 a.m.

Beach Gulf Palm

Breakfast Program: Occupational Licensing 101

Overview of Occupational Licensing Policy in the states including current trends, practices and issues.

  • Moderator: Suzanne Hultin, NCSL
  • Speaker: Elizabeth Whitehouse, CSG
  • Speaker: Ryan Nunn, Brookings Institution | presentation

9 – 10 a.m.

Beach Gulf Palm

Populations Overview

Introduction and overview of the population groups and research from the Partners’ to-date.

10 – 10:15 a.m.

Beach Gulf Palm

Introduction to State Team Time

Discussion of resources available from the Partners’ to each of the new states and basic action planning overview.

  • Speaker: Iris Hentze, NCSL
  • Speaker: Jessica Baer, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

(see state assignment attachment)

State Team Time/Licensure Mobility Seminar

States will start their action planning process with their lead facilitator.

Regulatory board members will convene for a seminar on forms of licensure mobility.


General Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

12–1 p.m.



Welcome Lunch

1:15–1:45 p.m.


Introduction of Partners, Experts and Project Recap

  • Speaker: Luke Martel, Suzanne Hultin, NCSL
  • Speaker: Meghan Wills, NGA Center
  • Speaker: Elizabeth Whitehouse, CSG


Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

  • Speaker: Daniel Greenberg, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Speaker: Pam Frugoli, U.S. Department of Labor

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Beach Gulf Palm

State Report Outs

  • Each of the state leads to spend three minutes talking about what they have done in their state as part of the consortium. Identify successes, challenges and ongoing obstacles.

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Beach Gulf Palm

Bipartisan Solutions to Break Down Barriers 

  • Moderator: Adam Weinberg, Platte Institute
  • Speaker: Sen. John McCollister, Nebraska
  • Speaker: Sen. Laura Ebke, Nebraska 

3:30–3:45 p.m.

Snack Break

3:45–5:30 p.m.


First State Team Time

State teams will meet to review their action plans and see what connections exist between other states and what their goals are for this multi-state meeting.

5:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Thank you to the Professional Beauty Association and Professional Certification Coalition for sponsoring this reception. 


Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

8 – 9:15 a.m.


Breakfast Program: Making a License Portable | Presentation

  • Moderator: Dale Atkinson, Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards
  • Speaker: James Cox, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Speaker: David Benton, National Council of State Boards of Nursing 
  • Speaker: Michael Armstrong, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.


Compacts Resources 

  • Speaker: Daniel Logsdon, CSG

10:30–12 p.m.


Second State Team Time

121:15 p.m.


Lunch Program: The Future of Work

  • Moderator: Morris Kleiner, University of Minnesota
  • Speaker: Ryan Nunn, Brookings Institution

1:15–2:30 p.m.


Breakout: Populations with Challenges

These are concurrent sessions. Please choose one to attend. We encourage teams to send members to each session.

Individuals with Criminal Records | Presentation 

  • Moderator: Chidi Umez, CSG Justice Center
  • Speaker: Beth Avery, National Employment Law Project | Presentation | Unlicensed & Untapped Report |
  • Speaker: Bryan Schneider, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Veterans and Military Spouses 

  • Moderator: Amanda Winters, NGA Center
  • Speaker:  Marcus Beauregard, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Speaker: Joe Marino, Veterans Florida
  • Speaker: Sen. Todd Weiler, Utah


Dislocated Workers

  • Moderator: Geoff King, NGA Center
  • Speaker: Lauren Hibbert, Vermont Office of Professional Regulation
  • Speaker: Nate Yahn, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Speaker: Bryan Wilson, National Skills Coalition


Immigrants with Work Authorization

  • Moderator: Ann Morse, NCSL
  • Speaker: Karen Phillippi, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs | Presentation
  • Speaker: Paul Feltman, World Education Services | Presentation | Handout |

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Breakout: Hot Topics in Licensing

These are concurrent sessions. Please choose one to attend. We encourage teams to send members to each session.


Deep Dive into Sunrise and Sunset Models

Promising Data Infrastructures

  • Moderator: Matt Shafer, CSG 
  • Speaker: Bryan Wilson, National Skills Coalition
  • Speaker: Hannah Maxey, Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy

Licensing Legal Case Update | Presentation

  • Moderator: Dale Atkinson, Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards
  • Speaker: Steve Cannon, Constantine Cannon
  • Speaker: Rebecca Allensworth, Vanderbilt University

Messaging to Stakeholders and the Public

  • Moderator: Dana Westgren, NGA Center
  • Speaker: Shoshana Weissmann, R Street

3:30–3:40 p.m.


Snack Break

3:40–5 p.m.

Third State Team Time

5:30 p.m.

Dinner On Own


Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

8–9:20 a.m.


Breakfast Program: Working Through State Changes

  • Moderator: Ronne Hines, Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs
  • Speaker: Shelly Edgerton, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Speaker: Mark Jansen, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

9:20–9:30 a.m.


9:30–11 a.m.

Final State Team Discussion

State teams will finalize their action plans and next steps.

11–11:30 a.m.


Snack Break and Hotel Check-Out

11:30–12:30 p.m.


Lunch and Team Reports 

Each state team has three minutes to share their experiences and ideas, next steps with in-state meetings, and technical assistance for the next year.