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Michigan State Representative Nominee Brenda Motley-Aikens
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Nominee Bio-
Brenda Motley-Aikens advocates passionately for the State of Michigan as a current member on the NAWDP Board. Brenda is VP at Ross I.E.S. and is a former executive in the workforce industry for the City of Detroit. She brings extensive public and private sector workforce development experience to NAWDP. Brenda is a Certified Workforce Development Professional, licensed attorney, trained counselor, and certified civil mediator. 

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision is for the workforce development profession to have an educated, trained, and productive workforce that will meet the skill needs of employers and help build a healthy U.S. economy. I want to see NAWDP and its members foster economic and workforce development partnerships; develop and grow apprenticeships; increase employer training; and enhance skill development of our members and the customers we serve. I envision increased professional development opportunities for NAWDP members.


Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My interests cover a cross-section of people in the workforce development industry, including but not limited to, youth, adults, and businesses. My passion is getting people trained, educated and employed with the ability for upward mobility through career pathways.


Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I believe I bring diverse experience, demonstrated leadership skills, commitment and integrity to the board. I would like to help the board in carrying out the mission of the association and to grow membership and leaders in the workforce industry. I want to support the professional development of our members and ensure that the board remains relevant to NAWDP members.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge facing our profession today. We need a robust, comprehensive workforce strategy to address the immediate shortages in industries that are needed to respond to this crisis, while at the same time preparing for our economic recovery afterwards. As an industry, we need to address workforce shortages and training needs. NAWDP should ensure that members and businesses are ready to face the new challenges and opportunities.