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 →
Last week I had the honor of working with nearly 500 professionals from across a broad array of partners in Little Rock, Arkansas in the state’s first, wide-scale planning meeting for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We were packed into every square inch of our hotel space – a challenge for our team of facilitators. Importantly, our job was made easier by the willingness of those present to "dive in" to the serious business of implementing the new law.
The audience included all the usual attendees – Board members, WIA and Wagner-Peyser staff, community colleges and CBOs – but also a strong showing from "new" WIOA partners in Rehabilitation Services, TANF, Registered Apprenticeship and more.
It was my job to convey the essential elements of the new legislation, give folks an overview of how the Law would change the way we do… Read more →
Last week it was an honor to emcee NASWA’s Winter Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. Despite the threatening winter weather (that caused my train to “freeze” and made me drive to D.C.), about 150 leaders from states across the nation came together to tackle the special challenges involved in preparing to implement the Workforce System’s new law.
Panels of experts, including an opening plenary featuring leaders from key federal partner agencies planning for implementation, came together in robust discussions with those gathered around key issues in the law. One panel explored disconnected youth and long-term unemployed. Another focused on building partnerships that are so critical to reaching the potential of this new legislation. Still another featured states that have already been working to bring partners together and formulate key changes in policy and process that will be the backbone of… Read more →
I had the privilege to attend a really great event with our client – Invest Atlanta – a week ago last Friday. It reminded me anew, why I do what I do. From time to time, I think we all need such a reminder – amidst the distractions and challenges we all face in life and at work day to day.
The event brought Labor Secretary Tom Perez to Atlanta as part of his “Labor Day” cross-country tour, but also served as the platform for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to publicly announce his endorsement of a set of recommendations our team (working with a broad group of Atlanta’s community and business leaders) developed to re-invent the city’s workforce development system. That System has been criticized in an internal audit as ineffective, ridiculed in the press and is the subject of an… Read more →
As part of a recent leadership development initiative, I had the pleasure of assisting with facilitation of what appeared to become a “cultural shift” for one of New York’s premier healthcare service providers. About 100 senior leaders representing a full range of geriatric, rehabilitative and home health care service divisions participated in the Future Game ®. Together they planned the future of a hypothetical region in the Australian Outback. How could this possibly shift a culture? Let’s take a closer look…
In teams of five, these senior executives rolled up their sleeves, kicked off their shoes, and assumed the role of Aussie regional leaders – a mayor, a public works official, leading employers, and the like. Together they tackled a series of critical decisions to find a future for rural areas suffering a wide range of economic,… Read more →
Welcome to our new website and new brand! We think this fresh new look helps us focus attention on the distinct challenges of today’s “new normal,” and the critical talent development needs of our world, our nation, our organizations, and even our communities.
Since 1987, we have been focused on one thing – talent. And today, like never before, the development of world-class talent is the key differentiator in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. In many ways, we believe that talent is the new “global currency.”
So, we make it our passion to help our clients with their most important talent investment decisions, whether we are:Helping leaders in Kentucky define their regional economies, their most promising growth sectors, and the skills gaps they’ll need to address to compete and win globally; or, Helping the Department of… Read more →