Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Workplace Success

THURSDAY 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Health & Wealth – Fountain Room

Many disconnected youth and adults suffer from toxic stress, trauma and in some cases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Adverse childhood experiences (ACES) can have lasting impacts well into adulthood. As a result, stable employment can be challenging. In this workshop, learn about research focused on understanding the impact of trauma on African American men in Milwaukee and the challenges it presents for workplace success. Practice examples from Chicago will offer new strategies to creating trauma-informed workforce development programs for opportunity youth in collaboration with clinically-trained professionals.


  • Tracey Carey, Chief Strategy Officer, Partners4Work (Moderator)
  • Greg Martinez, Youth Program Developer, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • David J. Pate, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Social Work, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee