Leadership Roundtable

Public Works/WPTI Leadership Roundtable Brings Together NYC Workforce Executives

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Celeste Frye of Public Works Partners moderates the panel discussion

On September 10, 2014, Public Works Partners and WPTI—the Workforce Professionals Training Institute—convened our second workforce development leadership roundtable this year. The topic was Developing Leaders in the Workforce Field and included a panel of dynamic leaders from across the workforce field and the private sector. Panelists shared their own career experiences, the passion that keeps them in the field, and their respective organizations’ efforts to develop leaders from within. Panelists included:

The conversation highlighted several strategies panelists used to develop leaders from within. These include explicit goal-setting; putting high-potential employees on important projects, including assignments that stretch and develop their skills; creating well-defined career paths to aspire to; and intentional performance management. Many panelists and attendees also mentioned mentoring and investing in professional development as key elements of retaining and developing staff.

Blake Walters Foote, vice chair of WPTI’s board of directors, opened the day. The panel was moderated by Celeste Frye of Public Works. Sharon Sewell-Fairman, executive director of WPTI, and Allison Quigney of Public Works presented our own best practices for leadership and professional development resources. The group then discussed the most pertinent points from the day and set goals for their own organizations. Watch this space for more best practices and resources from the day.

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Allison Quigney of Public Works Partners shares best practices for leadership and professional development resources

This Leadership Roundtable Series was developed in order to bring workforce development leaders together to learn and build the field. The next roundtable will be conducted early in 2015. Use the comments section below to let us know what you would like to see discussed then. We’ll see you there!

NYC Workforce Leaders Convene for Public Works/WPTI Roundtable

Last week, Public Works Partners and WPTILast week, Public Works Partners and WPTI—the Workforce Professionals Training Institute—convened our first workforce development leadership roundtable. Senior leaders from the de Blasio administration participated in an informative panel discussion that included Katy Gaul-Stigge of the newly created Office of Workforce Development (WKDEV), Matthew Brune of HRA, Jackie Mallon of SBS, and Alan Cheng of DYCD. The full house brought leaders from throughout the workforce community who were eager to learn more about how to prepare their organizations and focus their services to achieve the City’s goals. The goals of the administration’s recently launched Jobs for New Yorkers task force were discussed. Proposed policy changes to enable more skill development generated a healthy conversation about jobseeker and employer needs. And ideas on how to encourage more collaboration among City agencies and providers were also generated. The panel was introduced by Sharon Sewell-Fairman, Executive Director of WPTI and moderated by Scott Zucker of Public Works. I facilitated a number of productive breakout groups.

The Leadership Roundtable Series was developed in order to bring workforce development leaders together to learn and build the field. The next roundtable will be in July and will cover capacity building issues. Public Works and WPTI hope to see you there.

Panelists with Scott Zucker

Panelists with Scott Zucker

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