State of Our Workforce

by National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Welcome to State of Our Workforce, where every month, National Fund director of learning and evaluation, Michelle Wilson, Ed.D., takes us on a journey into the heart of workforce innovation.

 

Join us for a deeper dive into the diverse, groundbreaking solutions our network employs to tackle local challenges nationwide. We're changing the very paradigm of workforce development, focusing on equity, empowerment ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Episode 28: WIOA Reauthorization and Women feat. Katie Spiker (March 2024)

    Episode 28: WIOA Reauthorization and Women feat. Katie Spiker (March 2024)

    We continue to explore the anthropology of work on State of Our Workforce. We're very excited to recognize Women's History Month and discuss the ongoing negotiations around the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Congress. Discover how the WIOA reauthorization could reshape the landscape of workforce development and what it means for women across industries in an era of rapid change. Katie Spiker, the Managing Director of Government Affairs at the National Skills Coalition, will share her expert insights on policy advancements, skill-building opportunities, and strategies to enhance women's representation and success in the workforce. Read the NSC's report Unprecedented Opportunity: Meeting the Workforce Demands of New Clean Energy, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure Investments here: https://nationalskillscoalition.org/resource/publications/data-infrastructure-investments/

  • Episode 27 - The History of Research in Workforce Development feat. Dr. Angela Jackson and Dr. Rachel Watkins (February 2024)

    Episode 27 - The History of Research in Workforce Development feat. Dr. Angela Jackson and Dr. Rachel Watkins (February 2024)

    Welcome to the new season of State of Our Workforce! This year, our conversations will center on the Anthropology of Work. (Check out our mini-episode to learn more.) In recognizing Black History Month, we are joined by Dr. Angela Jackson, founder of Future Forward, and Dr. Rachel Watkins, professor of anthropology at American University, for a conversation about the history of research and the way it influences us now, with a specific look at its impact in the field of workforce development and how that has affected workers, especially Black workers. Follow the National Fund on LinkedIn to watch live recordings of State of Our Workforce every month.

  • Episode 26.5 - The Anthropology of Work feat. Michelle Wilson, Ed. D.

    Episode 26.5 - The Anthropology of Work feat. Michelle Wilson, Ed. D.

    Michelle Wilson takes on the role of guest to discuss the upcoming year on State of Our Workforce. She explores the "Anthropology of Work" and the conversations, ideas, and guests that will help everyone learn more about this exciting topic.

  • Episode 26 - State of Our Workforce: December 2023 feat. Melissa Kleder

    Episode 26 - State of Our Workforce: December 2023 feat. Melissa Kleder

    Each month, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions takes a deeper dive into the diverse, innovative, and effective workforce solutions its network is adopting to address local challenges across the country. This month, National Fund Director of Evaluation and Learning, Michelle Wilson Ed.D, is joined by National Fund Program Manager Melissa Kleder for a conversation about the 2023 CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions and the importance of investing in job quality and racial equity for frontline workers.

  • Episode 25 - State of Our Workforce: November 2023 feat. Abbie Langston & Joan Chase

    Episode 25 - State of Our Workforce: November 2023 feat. Abbie Langston & Joan Chase

    Each month, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions takes a deeper dive into the diverse, innovative, and effective workforce solutions its network is adopting to address local challenges across the country. This month, National Fund Director of Evaluation and Learning, Michelle Wilson Ed.D is joined by Abbie Langston, vice president of research at PolicyLink, and Joan Chase, senior director for strategic initiatives at Fund for Our Economic Future, for a conversation about new tools for advancing workforce equity. Where Matters: https://wherematters.us/ Workforce Equity Dashboard: https://nationalfund.org/workforce-equity-dashboard/ National Equity Atlas: https://nationalequityatlas.org/