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Region 8 Nominee Tim Foster
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Nominee Bio-
Thirty-five (35) years of experience making positive impacts in local/regional economies, communities and lives of individuals. Leads team responsible for growth, development and customer relations. Participates on Executive Leadership Team to ensure the highest quality, exceptional performance, and collaborative customer relationships. Leading efforts to be a market disrupter and system innovator. Work in the public and private sectors, collaboration and partnerships as a main focus.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
As we see the market place shift based on the strength of the economy, how can we as workforce professionals be more adaptive and flexible. Understanding that the same old approach to workforce development will not translate to a younger workforce, how can we create new ways to outreach and engage job seekers and businesses to be more integrated into the workforce system. It starts with us, and we can be models for the profession.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
Working with businesses and helping them create more attractive work cultures to attract and retain team members.

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I believe that I can help push the envelope to see how we can move outside our comfort zone, and try new things to build a more impactful system.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
Changing how we always do the work. NAWDP can take the lead to move the dial and show how new approaches can be piloted and tested to determine how we move forward. We have to be willing to fail or make mistakes in order to grow.