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2nd Annual Summit

Innovation During Crisis -
Workforce Behind The Workforce

Date and time

Thu, Oct 20, 2022, 8:00 AM –

Fri, Oct 21, 2022, 1:30 PM MDT


Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown - Conv Ctr, an IHG Hotel

505 North 5th Street Rapid City, SD 57701

About the Event

Early Learner South Dakota invites you to join us for our 2nd Annual Summit as we address the crisis of childcare in our communities.


We will look at what ELSD is doing to promote support for the childcare workforce as well as innovations businesses are putting in place to address this growing concern.


You will not want to miss this great content about the state of child care, the innovations happening in the field and an exciting announcement from our two guest speakers.

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Schedule of Events


Focus: South Dakota's Child Care Crisis

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.



8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Opening Session: What is Early Learner SD and what can we do for you?

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Child Care Crisis issues

Special Guest Speaker: 

Linda Smith, Early Education Director, Bipartisan Policy Center

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Innovative ways to solve childcare issues


  • Lyndsay Schrieber, Human Resources Director, Pioneer Bank

  • Alan Solano, President and CEO, John T. Vucurevich Foundation 

  • Larissa Hespen, Business Retention & Expansion Manager, Elevate Rapid City

  • Franki Coulter, Vice President of Human Resources, Black Hills Energy

  • Chris Anderson, Black Hills Energy

  • Ben Horowitz, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch on your own

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Load bus for the tour

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tour of a quality child care center - more details soon

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Taking Action Session - more details soon

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Business Collaborative Session

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Event in Atrium


Focus: Advocacy and Stakeholders

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Communities Session

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Advocacy Efforts


  • Alan Solano, President and CEO, John T. Vucurevich Foundation

  • Kayla Klein, Lead City Councilwoman

  • South Dakota Representative Erin Healy

  • Qusi Al-Haj, Senator John Thune's office

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

A special thank you to our event sponsors: 
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