Kelly Folks is currently the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Director. She has over 19 years of experience with workforce development at all levels. Kelly is viewed as a local, regional and state leader throughout Colorado’s workforce development system and has provided technical assistance to regions nationally. Kelly is the President of the Rocky Mountain Workforce Association, she serves on the Colorado Workforce Council, is the regional liaison for NAWB and is a current NAWDP board member.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for the profession is to build a best-in-class system that is responsive to the dynamic needs of job seekers and business/industry. As leaders in workforce we must work to align service delivery that encompasses education, economic and workforce development to ensure we are developing methodology that strategically invests in human capital which contributes to economic vitality. It is imperative that we are educating professionals in the system on current and future workforce trends.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My passion within workforce development lies with encouraging and developing opportunities for individuals involved in this work to learn and grow. To build a system which encompasses strategically collaborating, advocating and educating workforce professionals, business/industry, system partners and legislative officials of the great work accomplished and the importance of the workforce development system, while marketing the value of the system through data driven approaches and ROI.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
Service on the board would afford inordinate opportunities to strategically collaborate, advocate and educate workforce professionals, business/industry, system partners and legislative officials on a national level. Service will afford possibilities to contribute to the overall success of the system through promotion of the current and future workforce trends, the value of the system through data driven approaches and ROI and system approaches for building and sustaining a strong economy.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I believe the biggest challenge in the workforce development profession is cultivating the workforce system, economic development, the education system and the legislative officials on current and future workforce trends, while marketing the value of the workforce system through data driven approaches and ROI that can tell the story of how the one stops strategically invest in human capital, which contributes to each areas regional economic vitality.