Supporting Workers' Financial Wellness Through Economic Downturn

November 18, 2020

Almost half of low-wage workers find it difficult to “just get by” on their regular income. The economic fallout from COVID-19 makes the financial well-being of frontline workers even more precarious. Workers are bringing this stress into the workplace, and many employers are trying to do something about it. Learn about a new resource to help employers identify the right financial wellness program for their business and workers and hear how CareerSTAT leaders in Charlotte and Syracuse support frontline workers through financial wellness programs.
    • Mikaela Romero, Program Manager, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
    • Ellen Frank-Miller, Senior Scientist & Adjunct Professor, Social Policy Institute Washington University in St. Louis
    • Cynthia Patterson, Senior HR Consultant, Atrium Health
    • Meghan Durso, Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity

How to Find and Secure Grant Funds to Support Workforce Development in COVID-19 Recovery

October 21, 2020

The need to leverage funding streams and partnerships to invest in workforce development strategy is critical to a successful recovery. Hear how CareerSTAT leaders in New Orleans and Des Moines leverage private and public dollars to support workforce development strategy in a COVID recovery landscape.


  • Andrea Kippur, Development Director, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Chris McCarthy, Community Health Project Manager, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
  • Erin Wendt, Sr. Director of Development & Operations, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines Foundation
  • Shannon Joseph, Director, Workforce Development, Ochsner Health

Leveraging Good Jobs as a Competitive Advantage in COVID-19 Recovery

September 16, 2020

An economy built on far too many low-wage, low-quality jobs is simply unsustainable. Now, we are seeing just how vulnerable we all are. But there is some good news. Evidence shows businesses that improve their jobs do not just help their workers, they built resiliency and an advantage over their competitors. Learn how improving jobs builds competitive advantage and hear how CareerSTAT leaders in Dallas collaborated to make high-demand patient care technician positions better.


  • Janice Urbanik, Senior Director of Innovation and Strategy, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Andrea Glispie, Director, Career Pathways and Pathways to Work
  • Cherie James, Education Specialist/Residency Coordinator, Methodist Charlton Medical

Strategies to Integrate Racial Equity and Inclusion in COVID Recovery and Beyond

August 19, 2020

CareerSTAT leaders in Chicago discuss how they are collaborating and leveraging workforce development strategies to improve racial equity and inclusion regionally and within their organizations.


  • Adrian Esquivel, Deputy Director, Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
  • Nicole Gilson-Barmore, Manager, Talent Development, Rush University Medical Center
  • Clayton Pryor, Director, Workforce Development, Advocate Aurora

Making the Case for Sustaining Workforce Development Strategy Through COVID-19

July 15, 2020

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn are causing healthcare institutions across the country to make hard decisions and budget cuts. Historically, despite how short-sighted it is, workforce development programs are often on the chopping block.

Hear how CareerSTAT leaders in Boston, MA and Charlotte, NC are adjusting strategy and advocating for the continuation and strengthening of workforce development programs as critical to COVID-19 recovery.


  • Joanne Pokaski, Sr Director, Workforce Development and Community Relations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Gerard Camacho, AVP Workforce Development, Atrium Health