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At Large Nominee Heather Leach
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Nominee Bio-
I was born and raised in the state of Idaho. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1993 with a degree in Public Relations. I worked in Coeur d'Alene for 2 members of Congress before returning to my home town of Orofino. After a layoff, I filed for unemployment and found my dream job. I was hired as a summer youth coordinator and spent 15 years with the Idaho Dept of Labor in many roles including management. I am now the Director of Government Solutions for Manpower.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for the workforce development profession and for NAWDP is two-fold. First, I would like to ensure an availability of quality professional development opportunities for our members in order to further their exposure to innovation in their careers. Secondly, I would like to increase NAWDP’s reach to more workforce development professional members. Having a strong and diverse membership will further enhance our support to the profession and make “Workforce Development” a household name.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I am particularly interested in Business Engagement. Business is the ultimate customer of the workforce system and we must continue to prioritize our engagement with business to understand their demand. I would like to enhance NAWDP's engagement with the business community and continue to enhance professional development with our members in this regard.

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I would like to continue as a board member of NAWDP in order to assist in the promotion of our profession. I am very passionate about connecting individuals to the dignity of work and in order to do that successfully, our profession needs a strong association like NAWDP. I have been an active board member since elected, I am a current Executive Board member, I have been chairman of E-learning, Governance and Professional Development. I will continue my active presence on the board.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
People service is so very rewarding and can be a great career pathway for anyone interested in helping others to succeed and become self-sufficient. However, this profession faces many challenges due to an ever-changing political climate and budget constraints. I believe that our profession must become more innovative and speak to the business community; they are our ultimate customer. Having a diverse membership on the NAWDP board will enhance our support to our membership.