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Florida State Representative Nominee Charlotte Hearn
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Nominee Bio - Charlotte has more than 25 years’ experience in the workforce development field, including Education and Training at the secondary and post-secondary levels, Adult Education, Program and Policy Development and One-Stop Operations. Currently, as a Senior Project Manager, with Geographic Solutions, Inc., she is responsible for managing workforce development software products for Virtual One Stop clients. She is a member of the NAWDP Board of Directors and is a CWDP.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
It is extremely import for our membership to be informed on legislative matters as well as be equipped with and exposed to innovative workforce strategies. As a profession I believe we need to continue to advocate for those we serve, continue to provide information and data on our outcomes, work to advance our education and further develop our skills, and benchmark/credential those skills, with the ultimate outcome being the overall strengthening of our country’s workforce system.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I am passionate about the advancement and benchmarking/credentialing of the skills necessary in workforce development. I have served on the board in the past and have always served on the committee focusing on the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP).

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I have had the opportunity previously to serve NAWDP and the membership of Florida as a Board Member and I would consider it an honor to continue to serve. I am passionate about workforce development and those who work in this profession. I bring to the board a broad background including secondary, post-secondary, and adult education, a front line service provider perspective as well as project management experience.

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 is the need for recognition of workforce development as a profession with a career pathway which allows professionals to remain and grow within the workforce development field so that we can continue to coordinate with our economic development partners to increase the availability of qualified workers while fostering cooperation and coordination among public, education, and private/businesses partners.