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Region 5 Nominee Shannon Bryant
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Nominee Bio-
I currently serve as the Vice President of Workforce Development at Sinclair College. I have a strong background working with business and industry to identify and present solutions that will both enhance and sustain the workforce pipeline. I hold a Masters of Education in Corporate Training and Knowledge Management, and a Master’s Certificate in e-Learning Development. I am a Six Sigma Green Belt . I am also a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP).

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
There's a lot of positive work being accomplished in the workforce sector. The work, however, is a heavy lift that no one person nor no one entity can do alone. My vision for the workforce development profession is to build collaborative efforts among educational institutions, employers, government and others. Through collaboration and partnerships we leverage each other’s strengths and efforts in this very important work toward long-term sustainability of our people, companies and economy.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My area of expertise and key area of interest in the workforce profession is collaborating with community partners and finding ways to serve the workforce needs of our employers through customized learning and development.

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I wish to serve on the Board for one key reason: To serve a higher purpose and mission of uplifting our citizens,our companies, our institutions of higher education and our U.S. economy through better education for more value that results in employment opportunities and long term sustainability of social goodwill and prosperity.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I believe our biggest challenge is threefold: 1. A skills gap between employer needs and the talent pool available. 2. Overall interest in individuals entering the workforce and 3. Making certain the technically skilled workforce also come to employers with the value and key characteristic of emotional intelligence. NAWDP can address these challenges through assessments, collaboration of partners and utilization of resources.