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Join NAWB President/CEO, Ron Painter as he interviews public and private sector leaders in workforce development, education, business and economic development on key workforce issues and investment strategies to help America compete globally.

Latest Episodes

E87: The National Young Farmers Coalition- Creating a Strong Future for U.S. Agriculture

Sanaz Arjomand, Federal Policy Director at the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, joins the program to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing young farmers. She reveals the policy priorities for the Young Farmer’s Coalition and the various industries that are impacted by the agriculture industry.

30 MIN4 d ago
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E87: The National Young Farmers Coalition- Creating a Strong Future for U.S. Agriculture

E86: Making Tech Careers Accessible For All

Mark Plunkett, Senior Director of Business Development at CompTIA, joins the program to discuss the current state of careers in technology, the need for talent, and what employers are looking for. He also reveals what workforce boards need to think about when it comes to helping to attract individuals into tech careers, and how to make tech jobs accessible to all. If you’re interested in a discussion with Mark and the CompTIA Custom Training team, you can contact him at mplunkett@comptia.org.

30 MIN3 w ago
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E86: Making Tech Careers Accessible For All

E85: Helping Careers Take Flight- Building a Regional Talent Pipeline

This episode features an interview with Sheree Utash, President of WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, and Vice President of Workforce Development for WSU. Sheree discusses the creation of the National Center for Aviation Training, and the need for the technical education system to prepare students for high demand jobs. She also reveals the education and workforce challenges and opportunities in her region, and what workforce boards need to think about when it comes to skill development.

32 MINOCT 3
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E85: Helping Careers Take Flight- Building a Regional Talent Pipeline

E84: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 2

This episode features an interview with Earl Anthony Wayne, An accomplished diplomat and executive, Ambassador Wayne has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.

23 MINSEP 19
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E84: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 2

E83: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 1

This episode features an interview with Earl Anthony Wayne, An accomplished diplomat and executive, Ambassador Wayne has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.

20 MINSEP 6
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E83: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 1

E82: Building Learning-Based Pathways to Economic Opportunity

Mary Alice McCarthy, Director of the Center on Education and Skills with the Education Policy program at New America, joins the program to discuss the current state of apprenticeships and work-based learning. Discover the work that New America is doing to advance youth apprenticeships on a national level. Mary Alice reveals why apprenticeships are increasing in popularity with parents and students, and the potential drawbacks of short-term credentialing programs.

52 MINAUG 20
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E82: Building Learning-Based Pathways to Economic Opportunity

E81: UpSkill America- An Employer-Led Movement To Expand Opportunity for America's Workers

Jamie Fall, Director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, joins the program to discuss the importance of employers investing in their employees, and the benefits of those investments for both employees and employers. He reveals some of the workforce and economic trends that have motivated employers to take the lead when it comes to investing in their employees, as well as the increasing range of investments being made by employers.

29 MINJUL 24
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E81: UpSkill America- An Employer-Led Movement To Expand Opportunity for America's Workers

E80: Newport Sunshine Initiative- Revitalizing Small-Town America

Jay Lucas, CEO and Chairman of the Lucas Group, joins the program to discuss the Newport Sunshine Initiative and the work that is being done to build a stronger economic base and enhance opportunity in Newport, To learn more, visit https://www.jaylucas.us/ and to get Jay's book, visit https://www.amazon.com/American-Sunshine-Rays-Hope-Opportunity-ebook/dp/B07BZYPKC7

23 MINJUL 11
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E80: Newport Sunshine Initiative- Revitalizing Small-Town America

E79: Developing and Highlighting Skilled Talent In Your Region

Today's episode features an interview with the winners of the 2019 Laurie Moran Partnership Award. The award is given jointly to a workforce development board and chamber of commerce that have formed a significant partnership to advance the workforce and economic development of their local region. The Partnership Award is named in honor of Laurie Moran, who served on the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board from 2001 to 2016 and was President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until her passing. She was a member of the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards from 2004 to 2015, serving as chair from 2011 to 2013. The featured guests and winners are Ashley Cagle, Assistant Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development, Vice President, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Kimberly Wheeler, Director Business Engagement for the Capital Area Workforce Development. Discover how the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce/Wake County Economic Development Program forged an effective partnership with Capital Area WDB, Wake Technical Community College and NC State University to recruit HCL Technologies, a dynamic information technology global enterprise headquartered in India, to demonstrate the existence of a highly capable skilled workforce, and enable HCL Technologies to grow and flourish in the Research Triangle regional market

33 MINJUN 27
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E79: Developing and Highlighting Skilled Talent In Your Region

E78: Partnering With Your Workforce Board To Meet Talent Needs

This episode features an interview with Robyn Safron, Senior Human Resources Manager of HydraForce. HydraForce was recognized by the National Association of Workforce Boards as the recipient of the 2019 W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award. Robyn reveals how HydraForce partnered with their local workforce board to meet their immediate and long-term talent needs, and shares advice for other companies looking to do the same.

23 MINJUN 18
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E78: Partnering With Your Workforce Board To Meet Talent Needs

Latest Episodes

E87: The National Young Farmers Coalition- Creating a Strong Future for U.S. Agriculture

Sanaz Arjomand, Federal Policy Director at the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, joins the program to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing young farmers. She reveals the policy priorities for the Young Farmer’s Coalition and the various industries that are impacted by the agriculture industry.

30 MIN4 d ago
Comments
E87: The National Young Farmers Coalition- Creating a Strong Future for U.S. Agriculture

E86: Making Tech Careers Accessible For All

Mark Plunkett, Senior Director of Business Development at CompTIA, joins the program to discuss the current state of careers in technology, the need for talent, and what employers are looking for. He also reveals what workforce boards need to think about when it comes to helping to attract individuals into tech careers, and how to make tech jobs accessible to all. If you’re interested in a discussion with Mark and the CompTIA Custom Training team, you can contact him at mplunkett@comptia.org.

30 MIN3 w ago
Comments
E86: Making Tech Careers Accessible For All

E85: Helping Careers Take Flight- Building a Regional Talent Pipeline

This episode features an interview with Sheree Utash, President of WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, and Vice President of Workforce Development for WSU. Sheree discusses the creation of the National Center for Aviation Training, and the need for the technical education system to prepare students for high demand jobs. She also reveals the education and workforce challenges and opportunities in her region, and what workforce boards need to think about when it comes to skill development.

32 MINOCT 3
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E85: Helping Careers Take Flight- Building a Regional Talent Pipeline

E84: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 2

This episode features an interview with Earl Anthony Wayne, An accomplished diplomat and executive, Ambassador Wayne has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.

23 MINSEP 19
Comments
E84: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 2

E83: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 1

This episode features an interview with Earl Anthony Wayne, An accomplished diplomat and executive, Ambassador Wayne has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.

20 MINSEP 6
Comments
E83: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Trade, The Workforce, and The Economy- Part 1

E82: Building Learning-Based Pathways to Economic Opportunity

Mary Alice McCarthy, Director of the Center on Education and Skills with the Education Policy program at New America, joins the program to discuss the current state of apprenticeships and work-based learning. Discover the work that New America is doing to advance youth apprenticeships on a national level. Mary Alice reveals why apprenticeships are increasing in popularity with parents and students, and the potential drawbacks of short-term credentialing programs.

52 MINAUG 20
Comments
E82: Building Learning-Based Pathways to Economic Opportunity

E81: UpSkill America- An Employer-Led Movement To Expand Opportunity for America's Workers

Jamie Fall, Director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, joins the program to discuss the importance of employers investing in their employees, and the benefits of those investments for both employees and employers. He reveals some of the workforce and economic trends that have motivated employers to take the lead when it comes to investing in their employees, as well as the increasing range of investments being made by employers.

29 MINJUL 24
Comments
E81: UpSkill America- An Employer-Led Movement To Expand Opportunity for America's Workers

E80: Newport Sunshine Initiative- Revitalizing Small-Town America

Jay Lucas, CEO and Chairman of the Lucas Group, joins the program to discuss the Newport Sunshine Initiative and the work that is being done to build a stronger economic base and enhance opportunity in Newport, To learn more, visit https://www.jaylucas.us/ and to get Jay's book, visit https://www.amazon.com/American-Sunshine-Rays-Hope-Opportunity-ebook/dp/B07BZYPKC7

23 MINJUL 11
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E80: Newport Sunshine Initiative- Revitalizing Small-Town America

E79: Developing and Highlighting Skilled Talent In Your Region

Today's episode features an interview with the winners of the 2019 Laurie Moran Partnership Award. The award is given jointly to a workforce development board and chamber of commerce that have formed a significant partnership to advance the workforce and economic development of their local region. The Partnership Award is named in honor of Laurie Moran, who served on the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board from 2001 to 2016 and was President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until her passing. She was a member of the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards from 2004 to 2015, serving as chair from 2011 to 2013. The featured guests and winners are Ashley Cagle, Assistant Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development, Vice President, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Kimberly Wheeler, Director Business Engagement for the Capital Area Workforce Development. Discover how the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce/Wake County Economic Development Program forged an effective partnership with Capital Area WDB, Wake Technical Community College and NC State University to recruit HCL Technologies, a dynamic information technology global enterprise headquartered in India, to demonstrate the existence of a highly capable skilled workforce, and enable HCL Technologies to grow and flourish in the Research Triangle regional market

33 MINJUN 27
Comments
E79: Developing and Highlighting Skilled Talent In Your Region

E78: Partnering With Your Workforce Board To Meet Talent Needs

This episode features an interview with Robyn Safron, Senior Human Resources Manager of HydraForce. HydraForce was recognized by the National Association of Workforce Boards as the recipient of the 2019 W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award. Robyn reveals how HydraForce partnered with their local workforce board to meet their immediate and long-term talent needs, and shares advice for other companies looking to do the same.

23 MINJUN 18
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E78: Partnering With Your Workforce Board To Meet Talent Needs
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