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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 →

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 →

Congrats, Dr. Jen Chingwe!

Congratulations to Jen on receipt of her Ed.D. in the Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers University! 

Jen diligently completed and defended her dissertation on Affordances of Community of Inquiry Methods in Measuring and Evaluating Teaching Presence to Guide Practice, while working full time at Maher, and being a mother of teenage twins. 

Jen has brought a new level of expertise to our firm spearheading some of our most innovative technology-driven learning including the MOOC, Leading Change While Implementing Innovation, for Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) leadership, and online peer problem-solving cohort groups for leadership implementing the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

Additionally, she expanded Maher’s online Academy on Lean Principles and designed and developed University platforms on topics such as Sales, Sales Management and a multitude of operations functions. 

Jen has also provided… Read more →

How Do I Learn?

An Interview with Maher General Manager and IMPAQ Executive Vice President, Tina Barretto

As a busy executive at Maher and IMPAQ, I would like to understand how you approach your professional development. Since Maher is a Talent Development firm, we believe sharing our personal development journeys with peers and organizations is just one way we can expand our commitment to continuous learning and the upskilling of our workforce.  I would like to share a little about your passion for learning, so, let me ask you…

“Why do you think professional development is so important today?”

Professional development should be an important part of everyone’s career path. We should continue to strive to make ourselves more marketable, by learning a new skill or content area. This not only makes the individual feel more productive and good about themselves, it also… Read more →

Bringing Home National Titles

Two National Champions were added to Maher’s extended family at the end of 2017. The daughters of Donna Batt, Payroll Specialist, and Catherine Baker, CLO and Director of the Private Sector, brought home American Youth Cheer first place titles with their respective cheerleading squads. It was a first-time journey for Catherine’s daughter, yet a familiar experience for Donna’s daughter who made her sixth trip to the Florida-based competition. Both girls had amazing teams and leadership, and they worked hard to achieve this impressive goal.

“What made the experience manageable as a working mother was also the leadership that took place off the mats,” Baker explains. “Being a life-long learner, I tend to connect wins in my personal life to my professional world. In this case, it was a masterful use of online peer groups and virtual leadership. After… Read more →

Meet Sue Brown, Maher’s Newest Instructional Design Talent

Susan (Sue) Brown joins Maher as a Senior Instructional Designer in our Private Sector Practice. She works directly with our Chief Learning Officer and Learning Strategist to assess client needs and craft innovative and effective learning solutions for our clients. She also works with our Project Managers to ensure design workflows are effective and timely to produce high-quality learning deliverables.

Sue comes to Maher after serving as a Lead Instructional Designer and Project Manager at Optimized Learning Solutions. Prior to that she was Manager of Multimedia Training at U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP).

Bringing 20 years of experience in a mix of learning roles from sales trainer, systems training design and facilitation, eLearning producer, lead designer, and Project Manager, Sue is a versatile new asset for the Firm. She is not only knowledgeable in adult learning theory, she excels in technology-enabled learning, with a passion for visual… Read more →

Celebrate Labor this Labor Day!

A Day to Recognize ALL America’s Workers.

As we prepare for the holiday weekend, we here at Maher just wanted to pause briefly to recognize the contributions of American workers for the hard work, long hours and competitive spirit that have made this country “work” for over 2 centuries.

Historically, “Labor Day” had its roots in the labor movement and was created in order to celebrate the contributions of labor to the American economy, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website exploring the history of the Day. On this special day we all celebrate the men and women who built America’s infrastructure, our dams, bridges and roadways, and we also recognize those who are building the information superhighway, securing our communities, caring for our elderly and youth, preparing our food and educating our young – all… Read more →

The Countdown to August 21, 2017

Over a year ago, I started reading articles on a rare solar eclipse that was going to occur across the United States. It was billed as a must-see event by astronomers, and by the luck of it, it would pass close to where we live.

It would be the “first to sweep across the entire country since 1918.” 

What is a solar eclipse?

This video answers common questions people have about it.

So, we started investigating options...

You can go to Oregon, spend the night in Nashville, even stay in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and enjoy the Little Green Men Festival along with your eclipse experience. Then we realized the kids would be back in school (major buzz kill). So, our location area had to narrow. We wanted to stay within a few hours’ drive and still experience the path… Read more →

Wedding Day Celebration for Long-time WorkforceGPS team member!

This last weekend brought a time for celebration to the extended Maher Family, as long-time associate, Margaret Lamb, watched her daughter walk down the aisle. Margaret is a client and team favorite here at Maher, where she is a stalwart on our WorkforceGPS support team for USDOL-ETA.

If you are a member of WorkforceGPS (ETA’s primary platform for technical assistance and communications with the Nation’s Workforce Development System), you have no-doubt encountered Margaret. Her smiling face and customer-first attitude makes her a key member of our support staff!

But on Friday, June 16th, Margaret’s mind was anywhere but on WorkforceGPS business, as she attended her BIG DAY and watched daughter Samantha Marie Rooney “tie the knot” with her beau – Douglas Damiano, Jr.

All of us here wish the newlyweds a long and… Read more →

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