Workforce Central show

Workforce Central

Summary: Workforce Central is the official podcast of the National Association of Workforce Boards. Join NAWB President/CEO, Ron Painter as he interviews public and private sector leaders in workforce development, education, business and economic development on key workforce issues and investment strategies to help America compete globally.

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 E78: Partnering With Your Workforce Board To Meet Talent Needs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:53

This episode features an interview with Robyn Safron, Senior Human Resources Manager of HydraForce. HydraForce was recognized by the National Association of Workforce Boards as the recipient of the 2019 W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award. Robyn reveals how HydraForce partnered with their local workforce board to meet their immediate and long-term talent needs, and shares advice for other companies looking to do the same.

 E77: Developing and Delivering Innovative Workforce Solutions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:04

E77: Developing and Delivering Innovative Workforce Solutions

 E76: Vocational Rehabilitation- Trends, Changes and the Impact of Technology | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:57

E76: Vocational Rehabilitation- Trends, Changes and the Impact of Technology

 E75: Restoring Opportunity For The Working Class | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:31

Tamar Jacoby, President of Opportunity America, and Anne Kim, Vice President of Domestic Policy at The Progressive Policy Institute, join the program to discuss the report Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Working Class – a slate of bipartisan proposals to create jobs, train and retrain workers and revitalize blue-collar communities.

 E74: Uplifting Low-Wage Workers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:59

Russell Krumnow, Director of Economic Mobility and Poverty Project at Convergence and Lisa Schumacher. Director of Education Strategies at McDonald's Corporation join the program to discuss how to close the education gap for low-wage workers. Discover how Convergence is creating dialogues between stakeholders with differing views, and how they are coming together to break down barriers for workers.

 E73: The Once and Future Worker- With Oren Cass | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:09

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and author of "The Once and Future Worker- A Vision of Work in America" joins the program to discuss trends for the future of work, the impact that technology will have on workers, and the cultural importance of work. To order Oren's book, visit

 E72: Career Opportunities and Industry Trends In The Landscaping Industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:48

Jim McCutcheon, CEO of HighGrove Partners, LLC and Teddy Russell, CEO of Russell Landscape Companies, join the program to discuss the benefits of landscaping as a career and the breadth of jobs available. They also reveal misconceptions about the industry, as well as future trends.

 E71: The Forgotten Americans- With Dr. Isabel Sawhill | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:07

Dr. Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution , joins the program to discuss her book The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation. Dr. Sawhill addresses the enormous divisions in American society—economic, cultural, and political—and what might be done to bridge them. She reveals the core values of the segment of the U.S. population that she calls "The Forgotten Americans", and what they are looking for from work and from their employers.

 E70: Upskilling The Workforce Through Adult Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:01

Jonathan Blitt, CEO of Aztec Software, joins the program to discuss the need for personalized adult education and distance learning and the impact it can have on the labor market. He also reveals the most in-demand skills for employers and surprising places to find new talent.

 E69: Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Families | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:46

This episode features an interview with Robert Doar, the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Robert discusses how connecting low-income individuals to job opportunities is a key piece of lifting people out of poverty, and how to combine job placement efforts with additional assistance in order to get the best results.

 E68: An Innovative Way to Celebrate Career and Technical Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:00

This epiosde features Clark Coco, dean of Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka, Kansas as he discusses National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day, a national event that recognizes students beginning career and technical education. The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is sponsoring the sixth annual National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day across the country on February 21st, 2019.

 E67: Emerging Trends and the Future of Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:30

Richard Lum from Vision Foresight Strategy, returns to the program to discuss emerging trends and the future of work. He discusses how to separate out "noise" from truly important data and how to sift through various information sources. He also reveals his thoughts about how automation and A.I. may impact the future economy and workforce.

 E66: Advanced Manufacturing- Trends, Challenges and Opportunities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:40

Greg Biggs, CEO of Vander-Bend Manufacturing, joins the program to discuss the changes in manufacturing, what skills are required for advanced manufacturing, and the efforts that his company is making to attract and retain top talent. Greg also challenges some misconceptions about the impact of automation and robotics on the manufacturing industry. 

 E65: Newsmaker Edition- With Pete Sepp, President of the National Taxpayers Union | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:32

Pete Sepp, President of the National Taxpayers Union, joins the program to discuss the NTU's position about tariffs, job training and education funding in the U.S. Discover the potential impact that tariffs can have on U.S. jobs, and what industries could be effected most.

 E64: How The Retail Industry Supports Job Growth and Economic Development | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:50

Ellen Davis, President of the NRF Foundation and Senior Vice President of research and strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation, joins the program to discuss the facts and misconceptions about the retail industry in the U.S., the impact that retail has on other industries, and what workforce boards need to know about retail.


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