Innovation Showcase

June 2-3, 2021

The National Fund network aspires to be at the forefront of workforce innovation. But innovation is not one thing. Over the past two years, we’ve learned a lot from our network about what innovation means to them. The diversity of their experience is informing the future of innovation at the National Fund.

Join us for two days of learning at our Innovation Showcase where we will explore the range of local workforce innovation in our network.




June 2

  • Welcome and Introduction

  • What Does Innovation Mean at the National Fund?

  • Spotlight: Developing a Funder’s Collaborative in Pittsburgh

  • National Fund Staff Innovation Competition

  • Spotlight: Incorporating Lived Experience Into the Grantmaking Process in Detroit

  • National Fund Staff Innovation Competiton

  • Q&A

June 3

  • Welcome – Day 2

  • Spotlight: Career Pathways in the Direct Care Workforce in New York

  • National Fund Staff Innovation Competition

  • Spotlight: Building an Innovative Structure to Align and Coordinate Resources in West Alabama

  • Innovating for the Future: Panel Discussion with Cleveland and Philadelphia

  • Q&A

  • Innovation Competition Judging

  • Closing Remarks


  • Bishara Addison, Director of Job Preparation, Fund for Our Economic Future
  • Caroline Corona, Program Associate, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Emily Dieppa, Director of Workforce Development, PHI
  • Jordan Falby, Digital Equity & Inclusion Program Manager, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Bob Johnson, Executive Director and CEO, Community Works Tuscaloosa
  • Donny Jones, Executive Director, West Alabama Works
  • Edgar Largaespada, Director of Industry Strategy, Partner4Work
  • Markese Long, Director of Outreach and Inclusion, Partner4Work  
  • Kanny Morgan, Program Associate, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Janice Urbanik, Senior Director for Innovation and Strategy, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Shari Williams, Senior Program Manager, Detroit Future City’s Center of Equity, Engagement and Research