Announcing the Next President and CEO of the National Fund
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Amanda Cage as the next President and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Amanda brings twenty years of experience in workforce development. Amanda has dedicated her career to ensuring that everyone is able to connect to the labor market in ways that are meaningful and create economic stability for their families. We look forward to having Amanda join us as we continue to work toward an equitable future where workers, employers, and communities are thriving and prosperous.
New Grant to Develop Strategy for Incorporating Trauma Care into Workforce Development
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has received a one year grant from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to develop a strategy to integrate trauma-informed care practices into workforce development. More than half of the U.S. population has experienced at least one traumatic event. Trauma-informed care practices are becoming more common in clinical settings, but trauma shows up everywhere, including at work. Understanding the effects of trauma on workers is a critical step toward helping them succeed.
It has been a great journey we have taken during the past ten years. I deeply respect and appreciate the excellent improvements employers, funders, workers, and community partners are accomplishing in their communities. Your dedication to generating economic mobility for all workers and promoting economy boosting jobs is to be celebrated. Addressing the destructive causes of racial and gender inequities that rob individuals of the dignity of valued work is no small challenge. We must continue and expand this effort as we turn over leadership of the National Fund to a strong, experienced, and dedicated workforce professional, Amanda Cage. I know you will enjoy and respect the new energy and expertise she brings to the National Fund.
All my best wishes to all of you.
Pulling the Levers of Capitalism
We are in the midst of the longest period of economic expansion in U.S. history, but the top-line data mask serious problems in our economy: slow wage growth, rising income inequality, and a glut of low wage jobs that cannot sustain families or communities. We need a shift in mindset so that we view workers at every level as assets to be maximized, not expenses to be minimized. Investing in people creates long term value with good outcomes for all stakeholders. In her newest blog, National Fund Senior Director for Innovation and Strategy Janice Urbanik proposes a strategy to create more economy-boosting, quality jobs – by pulling the levers of capitalism.
Webinar: Workforce Development Practices that Advance Job Quality
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern., Aspen Institute will host their third Job Quality in Practice webinar. This conversation focuses on how workforce development leaders can encourage improved job quality in their communities. Janice Urbanik will join the panel to discuss the latest efforts of the National Fund to advance the mission of job quality in communities across the country.
Co-Invest for Impact
At the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, we catalyze our network to co-invest in a set of integrated solutions that enable workers, employers, and communities to advance a skilled workforce, promote good jobs and invest in equitable outcomes. By using a co-investment model that leverages both private and public funding, our network of communities have greater resources to do the work. Check out the latest entries in our blog series featuring interviews with site directors from Wichita and West Alabama.
Leveraging Partner Expertise and Resources
Healthcare organizations cannot always staff all the roles needed to holistically support frontline workers. That’s where partnerships come in. By drawing on the strengths of strategic partners, healthcare organizations can focus on what they do best and community organizations can focus on advancing their mission.
Job Opportunity: Executive Director at SkillWorks
Our partner in Boston, SkillWorks, is hiring for the position of Executive Director. The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead the funders collaborative through a strategic planning process that builds on its success and learning and grows its coalition and collective impact. Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.
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