As Workforce Director in Southern Maryland, Ruthy implements the policies, goals and objectives set by the Workforce Development Board and oversees management of the operations of the region's American Job Centers. She also serves as the liaison with federal, state and local governments and community organizations in advancement of workforce and regional economic development efforts.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
Quite simply, my vision for the public workforce system is for workforce professionals to be readily recognized by the citizens and businesses in our local areas as the go-to resources for prime utilization of human capital.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
Professional development is my passion as I strive to ensure that services are being delivered by skilled professionals who know and use best practices. In my view, attainment of the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential, a nationally recognized credential for individuals who have demonstrated they have what it takes to provide the highest quality services to our nation's job seekers and businesses, should be the goal of every Workforce Development Professional.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
Service on the board will allow me to bring my knowledge, energy, and expertise to the table which will benefit both the organization and me as well. As a board member, I would challenge the organization to be the repository and disseminator of best practices from across the nation, something from which all workforce organizations would benefit. I would also challenge the organization to become the premier provider of virtual professional development to its members.
|What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?|
By far, the biggest challenge facing the profession today, in the near future, and likely in years to come is the virtual delivery of quality workforce services to job seekers and businesses. While we are all learning as we go during this time disruptive innovation, it’s now our opportunity to pivot, creating strategies to nimbly and rapidly shift provision of services to models appropriate to changing social and economic conditions.