2018 INNO Conference


6th Annual Bi-National Innovation Conference

The emergence of a new and dynamic economy, fueled largely by technological innovation, globalization, and shifting commercial relations, has led entities in both the public and private sectors to redefine the characteristics they seek in a modern workforce. More and more, employers are prioritizing the ability to understand and apply new technology, adapt to different work environments, and exhibit proficiency in the ever-important area of soft skills. As has always been the case, regions that provide a workforce with the skills demanded by employers will prosper, while others will be left behind.

As leading regional institutions of higher learning, South Texas College and El Instituto de Estudios Superiores are collaborating in hosting the 6th Annual Conference on Innovation, where we will explore the skills needed to make our students more competitive in the modern labor market and how to attract businesses seeking these skills. Please join us to share your input on these topics with experts from both the public and private sectors. In addition to the presentations, the agenda will include guided round-table discussions and a speaker panel to capture viewpoints from all attendees. Audience participation will be encouraged and the Conference is open to the general public.



8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome & Introduction

Dr. Shirley A. Reed
President - South Texas College
Mario Reyna
Dean of Business, Public Safety, & Technology - South Texas College
Lic. Juan Rosendo Martínez Gómez
President - Instituto Internacional de Estudios Superiores

9:00 - 9:45 am

Topic: Economic Outlook – Texas And Rio Grande Valley

Mr. Blake Hastings
Dallas Federal Reserve

9:45 - 10:30 am

Developing the Future Workforce Today - Soft Skills and Technology

Mr. Julian Alvarez III
Commissioner Representing Labor Texas Workforce Commission

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45  - 11:30 am

Cafe Conversations

Dr. Rosemond Moore
Guided Roundtable Discussions

11:30  - 12:15 am

Education and Workforce Development Vital to Texas Economy

Dr. Daniel P. King
Superintendent, PSJA ISD

12:15 pm


12:30 - 1:30 pm

Panel: Economic Development Centers

Weslaco – Pharr – Edinburg – RGV Partnership – RG Economic Advisors – Starr County Industrial Foundation

Ms. Marie McDermott
Ms. Rose Benavidez
Mr. Victor Perez
Mr. Joey Trevino
Mr. Sergio Contreras
Mr. Ramiro Garza

1:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Dean Mario Reyna
Division of Business, Public Safety, & Technology - South Texas College