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Illinois State Representative Nominee Ron Hearns Sr
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Nominee Bio-
Ron Hearns is a senior level manager with more than 27 years of business experience. He has an extensive background in higher education (12 years) and employment & training programs (16 years) that highlight business operations and workforce development projects. He is analytical and a conceptual thinker who strategically partners with decision makers to create opportunities for disadvantaged individuals. Ron currently works as a director of Midwest Workforce Operations at KRA Corporation. 

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision is to help develop statewide workforce development certifications. There are several local professional development trainings, but my goal is to help grow the next generation of leaders in workforce development. Every leader should want their staff to exceed our own expectations and to develop a culture of excellence within the organization.

 

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I am most passionate about insuring more youth are served in WIOA Programs across Chicago and in the state of Illinois. Too many of our youth aren't served because service providers don't always select youth that have multiple barriers. Sometimes when youth are justice-involved or homeless, they don't always have access to our programs. As a father of two boys that are 18 years old and 22 years old, youth are extremely vulnerable to some of the pitfalls that society exposes & introduces them to.

 

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
There are a few priorities I would like to accomplish, if elected. Those priorities would be the following:

1) Increase Region 5 membership
2) Implement a NAWDP Regional Conference
3) Create cohort-based CWDP Prep Sessions/Peer Support Groups

After serving on the Board for a few terms, I would probably pursue run for the NAWDP Region 5 Board Director position.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The next generation of workforce development leaders will be under pressure from funders to get more work and better work out of fewer employees while using fewer resources. Some other issues will be:

• Constantly advancing technology
• The slow death of the myth of job security
• The accelerating pace of everything and
• Virtual reality and its impact on resources