Last week in Washington, D.C., we joined about 150 senior leaders from workforce development at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ (NASWA) 2016 Winter Policy Forum.
As you might imagine, this year’s event was chock full of updates and insights about the System’s looming implementation of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and several panels provided robust dialogue about how folks are tackling the challenge (and opportunity) of the new law.
Personal favorites for me included panels on day one that assembled leaders from professional associations representing all our key partners – from Vocational Rehabilitation, Vets and Human Services, and another that featured Congressional staffers focused on the original drafts of WIOA and on progress toward its successful implementation.
But, the Conference’s most dynamic session was its last – a lively round-table discussion that allowed leaders to explore various issues – from advocacy, to information technology and technical assistance – where they believed NASWA could (and should) prioritize support in the coming year.
We were able to introduce our new Vice-President of Workforce Innovation, Beth Brinly, and our Director of State and Regional Workforce Solutions, Carrie Yeats – and in so doing – expose both to a real-time dialogue with key leaders about the issues of the day, and their specific needs for support.
Our message to workforce leaders at the Forum was simply “Change is Hard. We Can Help.” Our Team’s engagement with USDOL as the technical assistance partners for WIOA implementation and training, Sector Strategies, Registered Apprenticeship, Unemployment Insurance and more gives us unique insights on the policy directions from Washington, and our engagements with states and regions (we’re working with a dozen states as we speak) provides us with real-life, practitioner-level experience that counts. When leaders need support, our team can hit the ground running, with no learning curve, and with insights that no competitor can match.
Our partnership with NASWA goes back nearly twenty (20) years. We were so pleased to be able to sponsor this year’s Winter Policy Forum and grateful for the chance to engage with and learn from those we seek to serve.
Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is the national Technical Assistance (TA) contractor for Sector Strategies for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) as well as the TA contractor supporting ETA’s implementation of WIOA. For more information about our services visit us at www.mahernet.com or call us at 1-888-90-Maher.