Nominee Bio- Arlene Donovan is the President of Turning Point Coaching, LLC a solutions-driven workforce readiness, development, and training consulting practice serving Fairfield County and Connecticut for over two decades. Contributing to economic development and growth through innovative real-time solutions proven to guide businesses and individuals in navigating today’s ever-changing unemployment landscapes. Arlene earned two graduate degrees in Public Administration and Organizational Leadership.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession? My vision for the workforce development profession is to have a greater impact of collaboration and partnerships between businesses, universities, jobseekers, and legislators where funding and employment opportunities are created timely towards creating a thriving economy.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development? I am passionate about workforce development education, career readiness, and training that leads to full-time positions for individuals, as well as, funding development and apprenticeship and youth opportunities.
Why do you want to serve on the Board? I would be honored to serve on the Board, sharing cultural insights on how we can improve, contribute to legislative initiatives affecting workforce development nationally were collectively our efforts are recognized for decreasing the socioeconomic disadvantages faced by the unemployed and underemployed.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge? The biggest challenge facing the profession today are disparities of salaries, lack of diversity and inclusion efforts at the senior level, and the pressing issues of African American women wearing their hair natural (not relaxed, straightened, or processed in any way). These issues are causing unnecessary professional divides based on gender and sex. NAWDP can address these issues via webinars, open discussions, etc., to unroot these ingrained norms and biases within the workforce and systems.