Innovations & Awards

Recognizing Excellence in Our Industry

Laurie S. Moran Partnership Award
WIOA Trailblazer Award
W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award

NAWB will be accepting nominations for the WIOA Trailblazer Award, the W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award, and our brand new Laurie Moran Partnership Award until Friday January 5, 2018.

The Laurie Moran Partnership Award

Laurie Moran

The Laurie Moran Partnership Award is given jointly to a workforce development board and chamber of commerce that have formed a significant partnership to advance the workforce and economic development of their local region.

The Partnership Award is named in honor of Laurie Moran, who served on the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board from 2001 to 2016, and was President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until her passing.  She was a member of the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards from 2004 to 2015, serving as Chair from 2011 to 2013.

Laurie, who was much loved by both board members and staff of NAWB, passed away in June 2017, leaving a hole in the workforce development community, as well as in the communities of Danville and Pittsylvania County. Laurie’s professional life bridged the worlds of business and workforce, and focused on helping individuals seeking to advance their skills, their families, and their communities.

Laurie’s success stemmed from her deep sense of responsibility for the condition of her community, her high degree of integrity, and the empathy she felt for all of her community’s residents. Laurie built trust among organizations, and trust among individuals, providing opportunities for her community’s residents and businesses to participate in building their economy. On top of this trust she added diligence in promoting what works, courage and determination to change what didn’t, and the humility to listen and learn.

In memory of who Laurie was and what she accomplished, the National Association of Workforce Boards will honor a workforce board and chamber of commerce who have worked together to promote workforce and economic development in their community in the same spirit of leadership, partnership, and collaboration.

The winning partnership will receive two complimentary Forum 2018 registrations (one for the workforce development board and one for the chamber of commerce) and be recognized at the Forum Monday afternoon Policy Assembly and Awards session. The awardee also will be invited to special events during the Forum, be eligible to present in a winners’ workshop, and be further recognized for its achievements through selected NAWB publications and a variety of media.

Join the media, policy makers, and your workforce development colleagues from across the country to recognize excellence in workforce - chamber partnerships.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Trailblazer Award

The WIOA Trailblazer Award recognizes a workforce development board that has been a leader in adopting the system changes envisioned in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and expanding its ability to develop comprehensive workforce solutions for its community. WIOA provides the workforce system with the opportunity to make changes that will significantly improve its ability to meet the needs of residents and employers through partnerships with government agencies, business and industry, economic development, training and education, and community-based organizations.

The winner will receive a complimentary Forum 2018 registration and be recognized at the Forum Monday afternoon Policy Assembly and Awards session. The awardee also will be invited to special events during the Forum, be eligible to present in a winners’ workshop, and be further recognized for its achievements through selected NAWB publications and a variety of media.

Join the media, policy makers, and your workforce development colleagues from across the country to recognize excellence in our industry.

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W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award

The W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award honors businesses and business organizations that have made the commitment of time, money, and leadership to make their community’s workforce and economy more vibrant. WIOA places the workforce needs of industries and employers at the center of a region’s development planning and delivery. This is only possible, however, when a business steps up and makes a commitment to be a full partner in the boards’ endeavors.

Here is your chance to honor and recognize the business partner in your area that has made a difference.

The winner of the W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award will receive a complimentary Forum 2018 registration and be recognized at the Forum Monday afternoon Policy Assembly and Awards session. The awardee also will be invited to special events during the Forum, be eligible to present in a winners’ workshop, and be further recognized for its achievements through selected NAWB publications and a variety of media.

Join the media, policy makers, and your workforce development colleagues from across the country to recognize excellence in our business partners.

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“We try to make it to the Forum every year. We bring back so much new information and knowledge that we can use in our work as a board.”

~ Ted Taveras, Board Chair, Workforce Solutions - Heart of Texas