I am a developer of people, curious learner, and philanthropist who believes in leveraging the power of partnerships to make a positive difference in the world. Sixteen years experience in Workforce Development executing integrated, people-centered, strategies that promote the value of employment and improve economic opportunities. I develop my team to deliver transformational services. I earned my CWDP in 2018.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
The landscape is changing rapidly, the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to deliver high-quality customer service to both the job seeker and business require us to understand the needs for today and tomorrow. My vision for our profession is to support professional development through competency-based programs and training. NAWDP is uniquely positioned to become the leader with the Certified Workforce Development Credential.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
1) The mismatch between the skills of available workers and current/projected jobs. Putting Business at the center of our work to understand their needs and bring that information back to prepare our job seekers to meet that need. 2) Innovation through partnership. To solve macro problems we have to understand that cooperation, collaboration and valuing the strengths of all partners is the key to successful outcomes. 3) Developing people-equipping my employees to equip their customers.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
The mission of NAWDP is in alignment with my vision for our profession. The value of the CWDP
certification and quality professional development platform are poised to take professionals to the next level. By participating on the board I would elevate awareness in my region including the adaptation of CWDP standards. We support our employees obtaining CWDP and pay for membership and application fee. We have five CWDP staff, our professional development plans are based on CWDP competencies.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
Keeping up with the changing world of work. The gap grows between the demand side of labor and the skilled supply to fill the jobs. As the skill gap grows, workforce development professionals face the challenge of understanding the needs and preparing those who have been on the sidelines. NAWDP can support that through access to education and professional development, in person and virtually, and a continued emphasis on professional standards of excellence.
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