University of Wisconsin–Madison


Becoming a Resilient Leader

The lesson of the past three years is that to survive and thrive, you have to be resilient in the face of change. The pace of change has never been faster and the need for an adaptable and resilient leadership mindset has never been greater – regardless of your title! Learn strategies that can help anyone grow in their ability to see, communicate, and adapt to change. Develop skills that will make you successful – no matter what the world throws at you next!

About the Keynote

Josh Davies, Director of Workforce, Aztec

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. His engaging and connecting speaking style combined with relevant content make him an in-demand speaker, consistently giving more than 60 keynote presentations and workshops to education, workforce, and corporate events annually. Mr. Davies was awarded the 2022 H.G. Weisman Award by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals for his exceptional service to workforce development nationwide. He was also named by Education 2.0 as one of 2022’s Outstanding Leaders, and by the Global Forum for Education and Learning as one of 2021’s Top 100 Visionaries in Education in recognition for his contributions to education globally. Additionally, he was awarded the 2021 Spirit of CHART Award by the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers for his commitment to the hospitality industry throughout the pandemic.

Davies is currently the Director of Workforce for Aztec. Aztec is a leading provider of workforce training and certification solutions designed to empower individuals to succeed in their careers. Bringing together academic and career-focused courses, Aztec equips learners with industry-relevant knowledge and creates pathways for career growth and advancement. A graduate of American University, Josh is also active in various boards and commissions. He currently serves on the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council and has finished serving his second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he chaired the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also led the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado and served on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. In addition to his work in the public sector, Josh also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.