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Episode 25: Recap of Workforce Central 2015-2016

This episode features a recap of major themes from 2015-2016 with examples from episodes covering topics including youth employment, the human cost of disruption and innovation and the need to build partnerships.

Ron Painter

 

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Episode 24: How Technology Benefits Workforce and Literacy

This episode features an interview with Mitch Rosin of Aztec Software as he discusses the impact that technology is having on workforce and literacy efforts. Discover how technology plays a key role in WIOA and the lessons for workforce.

Mitch Rosen

 

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Episode 23: How Futurists Analyze Workforce Trends

This episode features an interview with Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses what a futurist is, what their role is with regards to workforce, and how futurists analyze workforce trends. The episode was recorded live at NAWB Forum 2016.

Dr. Richard Lum

 

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Episode 22: Creating An Engaging and Inspiring Workplace

This episode features an interview with Jacob Morgan, bestselling author and futurist, as he discusses the changing nature of work and how to create work environments that are inspiring and engaging, as well as the lessons for workforce. The interview was recorded at NAWB Forum 2016.

 

Jacob Morgan

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Episode 21: How Walmart Is Supporting Workforce

This episode was recorded at the NAWB Forum 2016 and features an interview with Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. Discover the various ways that Walmart is investing in developing the workforce of the future and how they are supporting the workforce system overall.

 

Kathleen McLaughlin

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Episode 20: Building Business and Workforce Partnerships

This episode was recorded live at the NAWB Forum 2016 and features interviews with W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award Winners Will Davis and Kristin Dailey. Discover how BayCare Health System and CareerSource Pinellas County have partnered to create better outcomes for employees and the takeaways and lessons learned.

 

Award Winners

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Episode 19: Workforce Lessons From California

This episode features an interview with Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association. Bob discusses the "slingshot" initiative in California and the lessons for other states, as well as the important role that workforce boards can play in breaking down the silos of various systems and creating better outcomes for their region.

 

Bob Lanter

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Episode 18: How Workforce Can Partner with Adult Education

This episode features an interview with Jeff Carter, the executive director of The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. Jeff discusses the biggest misconceptions about literacy and adult learning, how workforce can partner with the literacy system to achieve better outcomes, and the top things for workforce directors to keep in mind when it comes to literacy and adult education.

 

Jeff Carter

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Episode 17: How NAWDP Helps Workforce Professionals

This episode features an interview with Bridget Brown, executive director of NAWDP, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Discover how NAWDP helps develop high quality workforce professionals, and the various training and assessment resources that NAWDP makes available for workforce professionals. You'll also learn about the most recent trends in workforce and thoughts about balancing technology with a human-centric approach to delivering workforce services.

 

Bridget Brown

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Episode 16: How SNAP Can Partner With The Workforce System

This episode features an interview with Dr. Rachel Gragg from the office of Employment and Training at the USDA as she explains what SNAP E&T benefits are, who is eligible for them, and how SNAP can partner with the workforce system to best serve consumers. This episode features an interview with Dr. Rachel Gragg from the office of Employment and Training at the USDA as she explains what SNAP E&T benefits are, who is eligible for them, and how SNAP can partner with the workforce system to best serve consumers.

 

Rachel Gragg

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Episode 15: Workforce Trends for 2016

The first part of this episode features Ron Painter, CEO of NAWB and host of Workforce Central, reflecting on key takeaways from the recent SOTU address and lessons for workforce. The second part of the episode features an interview with Steve Voytek, Government Relations Manager for the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education as he shares his tips and trends about career readiness, the future of Perkins funding, and more.

 

Steve Voytek

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Episode 14: Holiday Edition - Reflections From NAWB Staff

This episode features an interview with the NAWB staff; Josh Copus, Yenory Garcia, Bridgette Washington and of course, Ron Painter. The staff discuss their challenges and celebrations for 2015 as well as workforce trends for 2016.

 

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Episode 13: Creating Opportunity for Youth With Disabilities

This episode features an interview with the CEO of RespectAbility, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, as she discusses the importance of connecting youth with disabilities to meaningful work, and the benefits of doing so to employers and the economy.

 

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

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Episode 12: The 21st Century Model of Work

This episode features part two of a conversation with Barbara Dyer, President and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation, as she discusses the 21st century model of work and the challenges and opportunities that arise from it. Barbara discusses the need to embrace innovation and disruption while not losing the social safety net, and the roles that government, business and workforce play in maintaining that balance.

 

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Episode 11: The Intersection of People and Profit

This episode features an interview with Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation as she discusses the mission of the Hitachi Foundation, what it means to be a "good" company in the 21st Century and the lessons for workforce and business.

 

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Episode 10: Building a Workforce System That Works

This episode features an interview with Luann Dunsford, CEO of Michigan Works! as she discusses what's working well in Michigan when it comes to Workforce Development. Luann shares insights about how Michigan has created a workforce system that serves employers and job seekers, as well as key mindset shifts that have been helpful in her state.

 

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Episode 9: Lessons From Texas

This episode was recorded live in Forth Worth Texas at a meeting of workforce directors. Ron sits down with directors Frank Almaraz, Mike Temple and Mary Ross. You'll discover the Texas model of workforce, how they integrate their services and the lessons for business, education and workforce development.

 

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Episode 8: What Youth Employment Trends Tell Us About The Economy

In this episode Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University returns to discuss the challenges in the labor market for young people and the connection to the labor market as a whole. Discover the latest trends in employment, the fastest growing segment of the population entering the labor market, and what it means for business and the economy.

 

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Episode 7: What You Need to Know About Immigration, Education and Jobs

This episode features an interview with Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University as he discusses his thoughts on immigration, education and jobs. You'll discover how to go past the headlines to understand what to look for in jobs reports, key issues in immigration and education, and the fastest growing industries and employment opportunities.

 

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Episode 6: The Future of Work

This episode features an interview with Dr. Jerry Paytas from Fourth Economy Consulting as he discusses the future of work, the disconnect between the economy and job development, as well as surprising trends that will impact the future of work. Discover how developments in 3D printing and other technological advancements will drastically shift the landscape of job and economic development in the future.

 

Dr. Jerry Paytas

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Episode 5: How to Connect Youth To Employment

This episode features an interview with Maureen Conway, Vice President at The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Institute's Economic Opportunities Program, as she discusses lessons learned from a recent survey about connecting youth to employment. Discover surprising insights and takeaways about how to locate and create economic opportunities for youth. You’ll learn what youth identified as the most important elements when it comes to employment, as well as future questions that still need to be answered.

 

Maureen Conway

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Episode 4: Why Workforce Development Matters

This episode features an interview with Steve Hendrickson, Director of Government Operations at The Boeing Company. Discover why workforce development matters for business and the biggest misconceptions about the workforce development system. Steve also shares key takeaways about how to ensure that companies have access to the right talent in a competitive global marketplace.

 

Steve Hendrickson

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Episode 3: How To Transform Underserved Communities

This episode features an interview with Monte Perez, President of Los Angeles Mission College, as he discusses how to support and transform underserved and economically challenged communities. Discover the important role that community colleges play in workforce development and some of the biggest challenges that community colleges face when it comes to preparing students for the workforce. You'll learn how workforce development personnel and community colleges can work together to achieve the best outcomes for students, employers and the community.

 

Monte Perez

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Episode 2: A Key Mindset Shift For Creating Better Outcomes

This episode features an interview with Laurie Moran, the past chair of the NAWB Board of Directors and current president of The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Discover some of the most pressing current issues in workforce development and possible solutions. Laurie also discusses the key role that Chambers of Commerce play in workforce development. Discover a mindset shift you need to make to help create stronger partnerships and achieve better outcomes.

 

Laurie Moran

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Episode 1: Welcome To Workforce Central

This first episode of the new version of Workforce Central features a welcome from Ron Painter, President and CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards. Discover what this podcast is about and how you can benefit. You'll also learn how you can provide feedback, as well as input as to what topics you'd like to see covered in future episodes.

 

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