2019 Midwinter Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Trevor Stokes
Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

Trevor Stokes is the Workforce Programs Manager for the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, our state’s labor market information and workforce policy hub. His extensive background in economic research and labor market analysis includes more than 300 regional labor market studies conducted for school districts and workforce boards across the country. He has served as a subject matter expert for industry sector partnerships, career-driven curriculum development, and workforce development policy. 

Trevor is:

  • a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Communities That Work program
  • a member of ACTEAZ’s Circle of Distinction
  • a Certified Community Researcher
  • Arizona’s Adult Education 2018 WIOA Partner of the Year

Before coming to Arizona, Trevor provided leadership to some of the country’s most innovative and successful career-driven education and workforce development initiatives, including Go Build Alabama, Florida Ready to Work and the Kentucky Career and College Readiness Transformation. In Arizona, he is the driving force behind our Arizona Career Readiness Credential.

He is a member of the National Storytelling Network and has performed several times at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. He and his wife Teresa cared for 26 foster children over an eight-year span, mostly teens and sibling groups.  The stories you hear from Trevor will often include references to these kids and the profound lessons he learned from them. 

Trevor is an alum of Lee University in East Tennessee and now resides in Peoria, Arizona with his wife and four daughters where he supports the state’s efforts to grow, attract and retain quality jobs.

Keynote Topic

Readiness Redefined

The world of work is changing more quickly than anyone could have imagined even a few years ago. If it is true that the nature of work is changing so rapidly that we won’t even recognize most of the jobs twenty years from now, what does that mean for us as educators? How do we educators, the guardians of institutions and traditions that predate our grandparents, prepare our students for careers that don’t even exist yet?

In this address, Trevor Stokes, the Workforce Programs Manager for the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, will lay out the case for redefining “readiness.” He will demonstrate that career literacy, interpersonal competencies and non-cognitive skills can form the foundation for long-term success, but that we must be willing to reconsider the ways in which we approach these topics to be responsive to the evolution of social and professional culture