2015 Upper Peninsula Talent Summit
Date: October 29, 2015
Location: Don H. Bottum University Center, Campus of Northern Michigan University, Marquette
The 2015 Upper Peninsula Talent Summit features successful career and technical education students who will present information about their learning and projects during breakout sessions. Young people will represent their home school districts from across the Upper Peninsula as well as number of different industry sectors. CTE is critical to ensuring that the UP is globally competitive; actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs; prepares students to succeed in further education and careers; and is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
Opening remarks will be given by Stephanie Comai
Stephanie was appointed by Governor Snyder as Director of the Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA), effective March 16, 2015. TIA is a new state agency created within the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED). TIA’s mission is to enhance and foster more effective talent development efforts in Michigan, including improving career and technical education, skilled trades training, employment assistance. As a part of her duties, she is charged with oversight of the Unemployment Insurance Agency and the Workforce Development Agency. Prior to joining TED, she was a Deputy Director with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). She served as the Director of Revenue and Partnership Enhancement for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Central Michigan University from 2003-2010. She also chaired the State Management Issues Committee for Governor-elect Snyder’s Transition Office during 2010. Working for Governor John Engler, Comai directed the E-Michigan Office, which developed the Michigan.gov web portal. She held several additional positions in state government in the Engler Administration focusing on, implementation of policy initiatives, executive staff recruitment, and fiscal efficiencies. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.