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Workforce Central

Greetings all and welcome to Workforce Central, the National Association of Workforce Board’s podcast series. NAWB serves, supports and represents the nearly 600 State and Local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and their 12,000+ business members as they work to meet the needs of business and job seekers in communities all across the country. To learn more and to become a member, visit www.nawb.org
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Dec 16, 2015

This episode features a conversation with the NAWB staff- Josh Copus, Yenory Garcia, Bridgette Washington and of course, Ron Painter, as they discuss their celebrations and challenges for 2015 as well as workforce trends for 2016. 

Dec 2, 2015

This episode features an interview with the CEO of RespectAbility, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, as she discusses the importance of connecting youth with disabilities to meaningful work, and the benefits of doing so to employers and the economy. 

Nov 18, 2015

This episode features part two of a conversation with Barbara Dyer, President and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation, as she discusses the 21st century model of work and the challenges and opportunities that arise from it. Barbara discusses the need to embrace innovation and disruption while not losing the social safety net, and the roles that government, business and workforce play in maintaining that balance. 

Nov 4, 2015

This episode features an interview with Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation as she discusses the mission of the Hitachi Foundation, what it means to be a "good" company in the 21st Century and the lessons for workforce and business. 

Oct 18, 2015

This episode features an interview with Luann Dunsford, CEO of Michigan Works! as she discusses what's working well in Michigan when it comes to Workforce Development. Luann shares insights about how Michigan has created a workforce system that serves employers and job seekers, as well as key mindset shifts that have been helpful in her state. 

Oct 7, 2015

This episode was recorded live in Forth Worth Texas at a meeting of workforce directors. Ron sits down with directors Frank Almaraz, Mike Temple and Mary Ross. You'll discover the Texas model of workforce, how they integrate their services and the lessons for business, education and workforce development.

Sep 22, 2015

In this episode Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University returns to  discuss the challenges in the labor market for young people and the connection to the labor market as a whole. Discover the latest trends in employment, the fastest growing segment of the population entering the labor market, and what it means for business and the economy. 

Sep 16, 2015

This episode features an interview with Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University as he discusses his thoughts on immigration, education and jobs. You'll discover how to go past the headlines to understand what to look for in jobs reports, key issues in immigration and education, and the fastest growing industries and employment opportunities. 

Sep 2, 2015

This episode features an interview with Dr. Jerry Paytas from Fourth Economy Consulting as he discusses the future of work, the disconnect between the economy and job development, as well as surprising trends that will impact the future of work. Discover how developments in 3D printing and other technological advancements will drastically shift the landscape of job and economic development in the future. 

Aug 19, 2015

This episode features an interview with Maureen Conway, Vice President at The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Institute's Economic Opportunities Program, as she discusses lessons learned from a recent survey about connecting youth to employment. Discover surprising insights and takeaways about how to locate and create economic opportunities for youth. You’ll learn what youth identified as the most important elements when it comes to employment, as well as future questions that still need to be answered.      

Aug 4, 2015

This episode features an interview with Steve Hendrickson, Director of Government Operations at The Boeing Company. Discover why workforce development matters for business and the biggest misconceptions about the workforce development system. Steve also shares key takeaways about how to ensure that companies have access to the right talent in a competitive global marketplace.

Jul 17, 2015

This episode features an interview with Monte Perez, President of Los Angeles Mission College, as he discusses how to support and transform underserved and economically challenged communities. Discover the important role that community colleges play in workforce development and some of the biggest challenges that community colleges face when it comes to preparing students for the workforce. You'll learn how workforce development personnel and community colleges can work together to achieve the best outcomes for students, employers and the community.

Jul 17, 2015

This episode features an interview with Laurie Moran, the past chair of the NAWB Board of Directors and current president of The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Discover some of the most pressing current issues in workforce development and possible solutions. Laurie also discusses the key role that Chambers of Commerce play in workforce development. Discover a mindset shift you need to make to help create stronger partnerships and achieve better outcomes.

Jul 15, 2015

This first episode of the new version of Workforce Central features a welcome from Ron Painter, President and CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards. Discover what this podcast is about and how you can benefit. You'll also learn how you can provide feedback, as well as input as to what topics you'd like to see covered in future episodes.

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