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IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund Announces Awardees

Today, IMPAQ and Maher & Maher announced the awardees of the IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund.

Through Maher & Maher's background in workforce development technical assistance, and IMPAQ’s expertise in workforce development research, we recognize the valuable contributions that workforce boards make toward advancing occupational readiness and preparing job seekers for good jobs in growth sectors.

The IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund provides grants to workforce boards and intermediaries in Maryland and New Jersey, to help expand and extend their services. These grants will supplement other forms of workforce funding and allow local leaders maximum flexibility in designing, implementing, and measuring local workforce development programs.

After a competitive application process, three $20,000 grants were awarded:

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (Millersville, MD) will be using funds to implement a Patient Care Technician (PCT) Pipeline Program, which will recruit, support, and place PCTs… Read more →

IMPAQ Welcomes Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi as President

Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi joins IMPAQ as President. Dr. Enekwechi will oversee all program areas of IMPAQ’s companies, including IMPAQ International, Maher & Maher, and ASCEND.

Dr. Enekwechi brings to the IMPAQ companies a deep understanding of Federal programs and policy, including delivery system reform, payment systems, and critical policy issues facing our nation and the world.

She will be responsible for strategic and tactical oversight of all research, technical assistance, and technology services across all practice areas, including health care, workforce development, social programs, education, and international development.

“Dr. Enekwechi is a data-driven and results-focused executive,” said IMPAQ CEO, Avi Benus. “We are thrilled to have her lead our research and client-service teams as they deliver innovative solutions to complex public policy and program issues.”

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Enekwechi served as Vice President… Read more →

Beth Brinly Appointed to SREB Commission

Maher & Maher is pleased to announce that our Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Beth Brinly, has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Commission on Strategic Business Partnerships and Work-Ready Students.  The Commission will conduct its work over the next two years (2018-2020). Beth said “I am delighted to serve on SREB’s Commission and share the exciting work going on at Maher and with our clients across the country in business-led partnerships in the education and workforce space.”

SREB’s Commission will bring together thought leaders representing business, education and workforce development agencies to promote strategic partnerships and promising practices that will lead to programs designed to prepare students who are ready to work.  Commission members will work together to goal identify and promote promising practices to better engage businesses around strategic partnerships, robust career… Read more →

Maher & Maher and IMPAQ to Help USDOL Expand Apprenticeship Nationwide

For Immediate Release

Maher & Maher and IMPAQ to Help USDOL Expand Apprenticeship Nationwide

August 9, 2018 | Columbia, MD

Leading talent development firm Maher & Maher is excited to partner with the public policy experts at IMPAQ International to launch the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The United States has a long history of apprenticeships, and in the past few years, their resurgence has helped American companies acquire skilled talent and helped job seekers secure meaningful careers.

The goals of the API initiative are to gain a better understanding of the level of apprenticeships in the private sector across the United States and accelerate the adoption of apprenticeships in key industry sectors.

"Apprenticeships have the potential to both increase the nation’s talent pool and increase access to high-paying… Read more →

Apprenticeship Expansion and the Role of Community Colleges

This week I was in gorgeous Missoula, MT at the NGA Summer Workforce Liaisons meeting, with Stephanie Veck, Maher’s new project director for industry engagement in apprenticeships and work-based learning.  We were not at all surprised that apprenticeship was once again a topic of conversation among state workforce leaders across the country.  It is a timely discussion as the Office of Apprenticeship has awarded another round of State Apprenticeship Expansion grants.  Topics regarding innovations and challenges included the evolution of the definition of apprenticeship and resulting culture change, as well as the expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship.  Legislative initiatives, reorganizational efforts, infrastructure, funding apprenticeship and messaging to targeted populations like parent and guidance counselors were also highlighted.  Maher has been a proud partner in many of these areas and is working with organizations at the local, state and national level to… Read more →

Maher Announces Stephanie J. Veck, New Project Director for Industry Engagement, Apprenticeship, and Work-Based Learning

Maher & Maher, an IMPAQ Company, the New Jersey-based specialized change management and training consulting firm, today announced that Stephanie Veck will be joining the Firm's Federal Workforce Solutions Practice. Ms. Veck, formerly the Managing Director of Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), under Governor John Hickenlooper, will join Maher as Project Director for Industry Engagement, Apprenticeship, and Work-Based Learning.

"Stephanie Veck is a dynamic addition to our Firm," said Beth A. Brinly, the company's Vice President of Workforce Innovation. "She has been an innovator and collaborator in her state, across the nation and with the federal system," she continued. "Over her professional life Stephanie has been working toward sensible systems-change through volunteer work, managing her own companies, and in her work with the State of Colorado. Over the last eight years she has been a leader in developing industry engagement strategies; working with multiple… Read more →

The Longpath: Building a Workforce System for the Future

There was an air of excitement when upwards of 1,000 people from across North Carolina came together last week for the annual NCWorks Partnership Conference to learn and discuss topics around “Back to the Future: The Next 30 Years.” Maher & Maher was there to present at the North Carolina Workforce Board Association pre-conference, as well as several sessions – Washington Update, WIOA Fundamentals and Service Strategies Backward Mapping – at the conference itself. I was also invited to participate in the “Futurist Five” general session.

During the Futurist Five session, we talked quite a bit about the power of partnerships and key ingredients for their success, including the involvement of community partners, leveraging sector partnerships, having staff with heart and passion, partnering for the longpath, and doing it with style and swagger. 

This idea of the longpath, as articulated by Ari… Read more →

Leveraging Your Local Financial Institutions to Further Your Workforce Development Goals

We all know that strategic investments in the workforce system can change lives, help businesses survive and communities thrive. Recently, I was at the NCWorks Partnership conference in Greensboro, NC and heard a presentation from Jeanne Bond with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She put meat on the bones for me regarding the new Community Reinvestment Act funding opportunities for workforce development, and I thought I would pass along the information.

When I was working in Kentucky, both the Federal Reserve of St. Louis and Cleveland supported the Commonwealth and its communities’ workforce development efforts like sponsoring our Work Ready Communities Best Practices conference. In addition, local financial institutions were often members of state and local workforce boards. The good news, though, is that there are even more ways to leverage financial institutions in this work. 

The Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas… Read more →

Forming, Storming and Norming Around Regions, Sector Strategies and Career Pathways

It is wonderful when regionalism comes together like it did with the six workforce development regions in Minnesota! In order to help stand up these newly formed regions, Minnesota asked Maher to partner with the regions to assess sector strategies implementation status in the context of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Maher team reviewed each regional plan and then identified and provided technical assistance over a three-month period.

Across the regions, several common technical assistance themes emerged:

Advancing a regional approach to sector strategies that is strategic and systemic in nature; Building a common understanding and structure to support sector strategies and employer-led industry partnerships among local boards and partners; Creating an integrated approach to business services; Supporting and sustaining long-term sector partnership and employer relationships; and Developing performance metrics/benchmarks.

In response to these needs, Maher coaches worked with regions on a… Read more →

Maher Supports Futurist Thinking

Wayne Gretzky, famed hockey player, is known for his saying “I skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.”  While attending a workforce meeting in Portland, Oregon entitled “Finding Pathways to Economic Vitality Through a Dynamic Future,” we explored the implication of artificial intelligence and drones on our sector and job development work with businesses and individual customers.  This interactive session not only fostered stimulating conversation about how to position the system to remain relevant in this technologically evolving work environment, it also provided participants with a hands-on experience with drones.

Also during the meeting, Vivek Wadhwa (Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, and Contributing Writer, Washington Post) spoke to the group about how technology is changing our future and how our choices about technology advances will dictate the future. He suggested that we face… Read more →

Stockholder Development in the First State

During a Delaware Workforce Development Board (DWDB) meeting in 2017, Region 2 ETA Administrator Leo Miller issued a challenge to the DWDB to truly seize the opportunity in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in order to reimagine the workforce development system in the First State. The Chair of the DWDB, Gary Stockbridge, accepted that challenge right then and there and refocused the meeting and the trajectory of the workforce system in Delaware. As a result of this transformational meeting, Delaware partnered with Maher & Maher in 2017 to retool its strategic planning process.  

The first endeavor we undertook was to broaden the engagement of partners in the development of the strategic plan, as well as to align the DWDB’s planning activities with key initiatives underway among workforce system partners. The Board’s Steering Committee utilized a highly interactive Board Retreat that not only included… Read more →

Community Collaboration an Economic Imperative

Recently, I was in Kansas doing State and Local Strategic Board training with my colleague, Terri Lonowski. During the training session, we watched a senior manager overseeing global executive development and diversity for a major firm have an epiphany about how his company needed to embrace talent acquisition and development within a supply chain management relationship framework. His “AHA” moment transformed the dynamics in the room and the very nature of the conversation moving forward. This business representative then wanted to apply the sound practices associated with supply chain management to the workforce development system. He is certainly not the first business person to make that connection, as evidenced by the US Chamber Foundation’s recent work in this area in collaboration with state and local workforce development systems.

The challenge before us is whether the economic development, workforce development and education partners, along… Read more →

2018 Budget Talks: The Winds of Change are in the Air

Re-imagining America’s Workforce Development System

With the House Appropriations Committee approving the FY 2018 Labor-HHS Ed Funding bill, we have yet another opportunity to consider how the public workforce system must evolve to meet the needs of its business and individual customers.

Some suggest that the focus lies solely with meeting the needs of the business customer.  Others suggest we must invest in career pathways and position them as the core of the workforce delivery system.  Then there are those who think technology should rule the day and that the physical American Job Center is becoming obsolete. No matter which school of thought you subscribe to, it is clear that our system must embrace change to remain relevant to our businesses, individual customers and our national, state and regional economies. We have been “tweaking” for nearly 20 years as federal budgets shrink to … Read more →

Business Engagement in Action!

Over the last two years the workforce development system has been working on organizational changes related to WIOA.  Now that the final rules are out, many states, regions and local areas are focusing on the key strategic priorities in the law.  Some of WIOA’s specific requirements include:

Supporting industry partnerships by Local Workforce Development Boards; Creating stronger roles for, and integration with, economic development; Aligning sector partnerships and educational career pathways; and Measuring outcomes related to employer impact, in addition to jobseeker and worker impact.

Whether you are launching an industry partnership, a career pathway effort, work-based learning initiative, or overhauling your business service strategy, your business customer must be the driving force behind the effort.  In order to achieve WIOA’s strategic objectives, each level of the workforce system must effectively and efficiently do its part. 

The… Read more →

State Leadership and Support: Dream Big

Harriet Tubman once said, “Every great dream begins with the dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides state leaders and the workforce system at each level the opportunity to dream big dreams and work with their partners to make their dreams a reality. As a result, the role that state leadership plays and the supports it offers during transition points is critical.  One of those opportunities is upon us now.  H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the bill that reauthorizes the 2006 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was signed into law on July 31st, 2018.  Eligible agencies will be developing a Transition Plan for FY 2019 followed by a Perkins… Read more →