Where is Workforce Services Headed?
Leading voices in workforce development talk through post-pandemic recovery, sustaining innovation, and achieving greater relevance than ever before. Check back regularly for new installments! This series features:
- Interviews from workforce leaders during discussions at The Forum 2021 powered by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
- Articles on thought-provoking subjects impacting the future of work and workforce development
- Key takeaways and conversation starters to facilitate plotting the course in your local community
Featuring Ron Painter and Mark Douglass
Ron Painter, NAWB President, and Mark Douglass, Equus President, discuss core habits established throughout the pandemic, re-engaging employers and job seekers, and the consumer experience. Watch the video.
Featuring Pat E. Sturdivant and Brian Holland from Capital Area Workforce Development Board
Debra Giordano, Equus Vice President of Service Delivery, Brian Holland, Chair of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, and Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area WDB, discuss best practice sharing; leading workforce system strategic planning; the economy of the Research Triangle and the pace of recovery; and more! Watch the video.
Featuring Courtney Arbour from the Texas Workforce Commission
Lisa Boyd, Equus Vice President, and Courtney Arbour, Division Director of the Texas Workforce Commission, discuss innovations in online service models, employability skills building, and more Watch the video.
Featuring Irene Bustamante Adams
Mark Douglass, Equus President, and Irene Bustamante Adams, Deputy Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Workforce Connections, discuss Southern Nevada’s innovative pilots, insights on the future of the hospitality industry’s workforce, and much more! Watch the video.
Featuring Chef Jeff Henderson
Chef Jeff Henderson and Ron Painter, President/CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards, discuss programming and outreach for youth development, closing the economic gap, coordinating with local community organizations and much more. Watch the video.
Featuring Stephanie Deese
Bradley Williams, Equus Chief Customer Officer, and Stephanie Deese, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards, meet to discuss best practices that emerged from the pandemic; embracing virtual services; leveraging social service and community college partnerships; and enhancing the toolkit for employers. Watch the video.
Featuring Erick Serrato
Nicole Ganier, Equus Vice President, and Erick Serrato, Executive Director of the Merced County Workforce Development Board, discuss strategies for the talent shortage, uplifting underrepresented communities, positioning the Job Center as a community navigator as well as what recovery, growth and the remainder of 2021 look like in central California. Watch the video.
Featuring Jamil Dada
Debra Giordano, Equus Vice President of Service Delivery, and Jamil Dada, Vice President of Provident Bank and Vice Chair of the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, discuss workforce development’s mission critical role in infrastructure priorities, the importance of advocacy efforts, the value of workforce board membership and more. Watch the video.
Featuring Mary Hamann-Roland and Nadir Abdi
Rudy Racine, Equus Vice President, Mary Hamann-Roland, Dakota County Commissioner, and Nadir Abdi, Dakota County Director of Employment & Economic Assistance meet to discuss bridging the digital divide (including Dakota County’s Career Lab), workforce and government partnerships (including the County’s Greenway initiative), and more! Watch the video.
Featuring Mike Fazio
Debra Giordano, Equus Vice President of Service Delivery, and Mike Fazio, CEO of WORKFORCE180, discuss shifting worker priorities and adapting to the new world of work as well as what customer engagement will look like in the future. Watch the video.
Featuring Clyde McQueen
Bradley Williams, Equus Chief Customer Officer, and Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of Full Employment Council, discuss digital equity, supporting intergenerational households, workforce system and employer partnerships and more. Watch the video.
Featuring Jennifer Harris
Ron Painter, NAWB President, Debra Giordano, Equus Vice President of Service Delivery, and Jennifer Harris, President of CR Search, Inc. / Chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards, cover a host of topics in their conversation. Learn about executive search practices, talent pipelines during the pandemic and what the workforce industry looks like in 2022. Watch the video.
Featuring Walter Simmons
Rudy Racine, Equus Vice President, and Walter Simmons, Executive Director of the Prince George’s County WDB, discuss creating connections in a virtual environment, bridging the digital divide and much more! Watch the video.
Featuring Tammy Childers and Al Searles
Debra Giordano, Equus Vice President of Service Delivery, Tammy Childers, Executive Director of the Eastern Carolina WDB, and Al Searles, Vice President, Smithfield Hog Production, discuss business services in the future, virtual rapid response solutions, the fluidity of customer engagement and more. Watch the video.