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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
During the 2015 NAWB Forum workshop titled “An Open Dialogue on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act”, professionals representing a cross-section of workforce investment boards from approximately twenty states cross-pollinated their strategies, programs, practices, and ideas on WIOA. Discussion topics focused on strategically aligning workforce development programs, improving business services, and matching placements with high growth occupations and sectors. On this edition of Workforce Central, NAWB CEO and host Ron Painter is joined by Patrick Baker of PKB Consulting and Bruce Stephen, Director of Real-time Labor Intelligence for Monster Government Solutions, to summarize key ideas and information raised during the workshop, provide actionable next steps, and share additional useful resources, including relevant technology.
As a follow up to this show, you are invited to download the report from Monster Government Solutions, “From WIA to WIOA: The Evolution of Workforce Development.”
NAWB welcomed the Honorable Governor Jack Markell, of the State of Delaware, to the NAWB Forum stage on Monday, March 30, 2015. After the general session, Governor Markell joined NAWB CEO Ron Painter for a listening session on the innovative ways that Delaware is addressing industry needs, providing opportunities for youth, and helping workers with disabilities and other barriers find meaningful employment.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Can WIA funds be leveraged to assist communities during and after disaster events? How can workforce development organizations provide innovative solutions as part of a disaster response? On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the National Association of Workforce Boards, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Disaster Management (CDM), released a new research report titled The Impact of Extreme Events on Business Organizations: Innovative Approaches to Managing Risk. In this episode of Workforce Central Radio, NAWB CEO Ron Painter interviews Dr. Louise Comfort, the Director of the CDM and author of the report. Drawing on research interviews with nine innovative WIBs who showed leadership in their communities during disaster events, they will discuss the important role workforce boards can take in helping their areas during times of disaster, the policies that should be in place to help maximize efforts, and how they can leverage existing programs and become a bridge between federal disaster programs and municipal/local efforts. Please join us on Wednesday, December 18th for this insightful interview!
Monday, December 2, 2013
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
A recent survey of workforce boards by the Federal Reserve indicated that nearly 60% of WIBs have representatives from the banking industry on their boards. However, only 10% of boards had engaged Community Reinvestment Act funding to develop complementary programs. So how can WIBs better partner with this important and expanding industry sector to bring services to low-income job seekers or youth and better prepare them to enter or re-enter the workforce? The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is legislation that puts an obligation on banks to serve all members of the community where they take deposits, and meet the credit needs of their local areas. The Federal Reserve has oversight of the CRA, and wants to develop new and innovative ways for banks to meet their requirements under the Act by serving the low to middle income population through partnerships with the workforce system. Join us NAWB CEO Ron Painter as he interviews Federal Reserve of Kansas City’s Community Development Director, Steve Shepelwich, on Monday, December 2nd at 1:00 PM. During this 30-minute interview, learn how the Federal Reserve system can help WIBs partner with local banks to create complementary programs and even identify funding streams to advance financial literacy and workforce readiness among their customers.
View a map of Federal Reserve Community Investment Areas
Behind the Curtain: A Real Look at the State of the Workforce
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Drexel University’s Paul Harrington shares insights into what’s behind the 3 million job vacancy numbers and what is actually happening in the labor market in an interview with NAWB CEO Ron Painter.
Monday, September 30, 2013
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Governing Institute and Monster Government Solutions have partnered to convene a National Summit on Workforce and Economic Development called Strong Talent Drives Strong Economies, in October 2013. The Summit will address ways that workforce and economic development experts from across the United States are driving stronger economies by building and strengthening the workforce.
The Summit aims to arm attendees with successful economic development strategies and best practices that attendees can take back and apply to their region. Join NAWB CEO Ron Painter as he interviews Governing Institute Director Mark Funkhouser and Bruce Stephen of Monster Government Solutions for a preview of the ideas that will be discussed at the Summit and ways that workforce development can contribute to furthering economic progress in their local areas.
Questions about the Summit? Please contact Bruce Stephen (Monster Government Solutions) or Mark Funkhouser (Governing Institute).
Real ROI: How Improved Cost-Benefit Models are Changing Workforce Conversations
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
In 2012, Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) embarked on a pilot study with seven workforce investment boards (WIBs) to create a WIB scorecard that measured the cost/benefit ratio for WIA programs. The study methodology has now been adopted in three additional statewide programs. Join Ron Painter as he interviews EMSI’s Rob Sentz, Vice President, Marketing, and Annike Crapuchettes, Assistant Vice President, Professional Services, to learn how this pilot project has progressed, as well as how it has illuminated new ways for WIBs to engage with employers, education, and other stakeholders.
Election Results: What It Means for Workforce Investment 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST
Join NAWB President/CEO Ron Painter for a lively discussion with John Colbert of Capitol Hill Partners and Bob Knight of ResCare Workforce Services about what the election results mean for the workforce investment system, and trends to watch.
Update from the South: Driving Economic Growth and Workforce Readiness
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Southern Growth Policies Board Executive Director Ted Abernathy provides a current picture of how the South is managing changing demands in manufacturing technology, creating educational programs that meet employer needs, and what is happening in Southern economies that will influence the South’s ability to respond to opportunities.
John Baldino @jbalive drops by @DriveThruHR to share his insights on Workforce Planning
DriveThruHR was designed to be a captivating and easy-to-digest lunch discourse that covers topics relevant to HR professionals. Each 30-minute episode features a guest speaker who shares her or his knowledge and experience in human resources. Our hosts and special guest cover a wealth of topics, including HR Technology, Recruiting, Talent Management, Leadership, Organizational Culture and Strategic HR, every day at 12:00 pm Central Time. The radio program is hosted by @williamtincup, @Thehrbuddy @TheOneCrystal & @MikeVanDervort.. The #1 HR show, with amazing HR conversations and follow us on the twitters at @drivethruhr and #dthr.
Thursday, March 12 | 1:00 PM EST
Much has been said about smart decision-making in the development and implementation of national, state, and local public policy. But what does that mean for workforce boards as they move towards WIOA implementation? Scott Johnson, CEO of Social Solutions, says that WIOA creates the 'perfect storm' -- a time of significant change that delivers an opportunity for boards to rethink how they are managing performance and measuring outcomes. You are invited to join host Ron Painter as he interviews Johnson how higher impacts can be achieved if boards 1) eliminate duplication of efforts, thereby conserving resources; 2) redirect efforts to activities that deliver measurable results; and 3) change the frequency and intensity of how we collect data and evidence. Don't miss this this discussion of how workforce organizations can take steps now to begin managing to outcomes in the new age of WIOA.
WIOA: Preparing for Success
Wednesday, February 25th | 1:00 PM EST
Workforce Boards are in many different stages of readiness when it comes to WIOA implementation. In NAWB's numerous conversations with the Department of Labor, we hear more and more that boards must not wait for the rulemaking to be completed to take steps to ready their operations and infrastructure for the requirements of the new Act. The Training and Employment Guidance Letter 19-14 outlines a vision for the workforce system and initial implementation of WIOA, stating, "State and local workforce system leaders should take immediate action to achieve the vision of modernizing the workforce system and ensuring it operates as a comprehensive, integrated, and streamlined system that expands opportunities for all workers and businesses." But what should this immediate action be?
Byron Zuidema is the Employment and Training Administration's Deputy Asst Secretary, and is responsible for driving all technical assistance activities around the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. On Wednesday, February 25th, Byron will join NAWB CEO and host Ron Painter for a Workforce Central interview on the Department's plans for technical assistance and guidance as workforce boards begin initial steps towards implementation. In addition, Byron will share insights on the actions boards should take now to develop their vision for their communities and regions, engage community partners at a higher level, and make sure their board infrastructure and operations are set up for success. Don't miss this highly actionable discussion!
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