Nominee Bio- Lisa Rodriguez-Baylis is a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the NAWDP with over ten years of experience in workforce development. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Service Counseling and Life and Leadership Coaching, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Lisa is also a Certified facilitator through Developmental Dimensions International, a global human resource consulting firm that builds a supply of leaders to help organizations meet their business goals.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession? My vision for the workforce development profession is to serve both the employer and employee in a capacity that will strengthen ties.My goal is to help the employers better understand the population they are hiring, and assist them in building internal strategies to increase retention and job happiness. Also, I want to be able to help employees better understand their opportunities in the workplace and how their footprint in their working environment makes a difference in their industries.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development? My passion lies in helping develop retention strategies with and for employers. Helping them better understand their working population and create an environment that allows their employees to thrive. I have worked on the academic side of workforce as well as the business side, and my experience has shown me that their is a huge gap in employer/employee relations.I want to help fill that gap, and strengthen the cultures that currently exists to increase overall productivity and longevity.
Why do you want to serve on the Board? I have a strong passion for workforce development, and I want to position myself to be able to contribute in a larger capacity. Serving on this board would enable more collaboration, and allow for strategic development to continue the forward movement that we are making in workforce development. I want to be a part of a team that is making a difference not only in Ohio, but nationally. I have extensive experience with WIOA & TANF programs, as well as the resources available for employers.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge? One of the greater challenges that I have seen is the continued manufacturing demand, and the lack of talent and retention of employees in those roles. I believe as a collaborative we can arm employers with more tools that will help them
increase retention by better understanding the population they employ. We can also help create retention success strategies that will better develop their employees and improve performance.