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Creative Solutions and the Right Leadership Skills Make Northwest Pennsylvania a Success

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Fri, 2011-06-03 10:25 with 0 comments

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Northwest Pennsylvania is facing are poverty and significant aging of the workforce. Michele Zieziula, CEO of the Regional Center for Workforce Excellence and the Northwest Workforce Investment Board is tacking these issues head on. We spoke to Michele last week as a part of the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Initiative. Her workforce development peers recommended her as someone who would know about effective leadership, and they were right.  Michele is a wealth of knowledge.

Idaho’s Department of Labor - Partnering to Address the Jobless Recovery

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Sun, 2011-05-22 11:35 with 0 comments

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Jobs First.
“Jobs is our number one agenda”, states Roger Madsen, Director of the Idaho Department of Labor. He and his staff are working to become an “indispensable partner to business, economic development, education institutions, the Chamber of Commerce and other community agencies” trying to boost job growth. Roger is one of 12 individuals nominted by his peers as an exceptional leader under the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Initiative.

Roger had plenty of good insights into effective leadership that will be integrated into our final product, but we couldn’t wait to share a few highlights.

Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc.: Adding Value to the Community

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Fri, 2011-04-15 13:18 with 0 comments

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“We don’t create jobs, but we make sure that the jobs that are created can be filled,” says Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (LVWIB) in Pennsylvania. Nancy's peers pointed to her as a source of great ideas and an example of effective leadership. Here are a few of the observations and insights she shared with us.

Community Planning, Growing Local Businesses, and Creating Youth Success: Key Areas of Leadership Focus for the Sacramento Works Employment and Training Agency

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Tue, 2011-03-22 16:04 with 0 comments

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Last week we interviewed Robin Purdy, Deputy Director of Workforce Development for the Sacramento Works Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and Sacramento Works, Inc. (SACWORKS, Inc., the local Workforce Investment Board). Here's are some highlights from our conversation.

Business Friendly Environment, Local Decision Making, and Leveraging Partnerships: Texas Workforce System Leadership in Action

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Tue, 2011-03-22 04:39 with 0 comments

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Who's the Customer?
We recently spoke with Larry Temple, Executive Director of the Texas Workforce Commission, about effective leadership in the workforce system. Larry explained that the Texas Workforce Commission serves three customers: 1) tax payers; 2) employers; and 3) jobseekers. The Texas Workforce Commission strives to balance the needs of each of those three customer groups.

Public Awareness Campaign - the Cornerstone of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission’s Recent Leadership Activities

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Fri, 2011-03-18 11:31 with 0 comments

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What are Public (Workforce) Services?
Carol Rayburn-Cofer, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Director for the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and immediate past-president of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA), is concerned that the general public believes the workforce development system is only for economically disadvantaged people. She is also concerned that the public is unaware of the impact of the workforce system in her region, the state and even the nation.

Ownership and Collaboration – Key Elements in Kentucky Workforce Investment Leadership

Post by: Ricki Kozumplik on Fri, 2011-03-04 11:41 with 0 comments

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Ownership and Collaboration – Key Elements in Kentucky Workforce Investment Leadership

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