An overflow audience explored the characteristics of “high impact” boards at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) 2017 conference recently. The NAWB Conference is the nation’s largest gathering of workforce development professionals every year, and this year’s estimated 1500-1600 attendees kept the show’s reputation well secured.
“High Impact Workforce Boards have certain characteristics in our experience,” said Richard D. (“Rick”) Maher, President and CEO. “In this workshop, Beth Brinly (Maher’s V.P. of Workforce Innovation) and I defined how high impact boards operate and helped folks self-assess how they compare with this benchmark. We had an energized, standing-room only (SRO) audience and a really important conversation. It was great fun!”
Maher’s work with High Impact Boards stems from our work in states and regions across the country and our focus on the characteristics of consistently high performers. Some states are beginning to acknowledge these characteristics and institutionalize them – allowing Boards to apply for a designation as a “High Impact Board” and setting up a standard for all to aspire to as leaders move forward to implement WIOA.
“We also introduced a new “micro-learning” course during this session,” said Maher. “Sector Strategies 101 is a short, self-paced, online introduction to sectors-based workforce development designed for Board members, professional staff, partner staff and even local elected officials. It helps set a quick but effective foundation for the changes outlined in WIOA – and build a common ‘future-state vision’ for Boards to drive toward. We expect this can really help prepare people for a more collaborative, employer-driven public private partnership in developing family-sustaining jobs.”
Maher has published the PowerPoint presentation, entitled “High Impact Workforce Development Boards: How Do You Stack Up?” here.
Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is U.S. Department of Labor’s national technical assistance provider supporting the Employment and Training Administration’s implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a number of other priority initiatives of the administration that advance and promote the public workforce system. Maher is also currently involved in a number of sector strategy, regional planning, organizational strategic planning and training initiatives in multiple state and regional areas. For more information about our services, visit our website or call us at 1-888-90-Maher.
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