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Talent Talks- With Rick Maher
37 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
E39: Training for a Post-Pandemic Economy: The Role of America’s Community College System
Josh Wyner, V.P. of Aspen Institute’s College Education Excellence Program, joins the program to discuss the challenges and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to training and education, and how colleges have pivoted to meet those challenges. Josh reveals details about the College Education Excellence Program and the need for college leaders to adopt a “3.0 Mindset.”
49 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
E38: Embracing Transitions: The Integration of Maher & Maher and American Institutes for Research
For over 30 years, Maher & Maher has been at the forefront of innovation and talent development. Now its capabilities are blending with the vast resources of the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Beth Brinly and Irma Perez-Johnson, Vice Presidents in the Human Services Division, and Catherine Baker, Practice Director and Chief Learning Officer at Maher & Maher, join the program to discuss how the combined companies' capabilities can positively impact America’s talent development future.
50 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
E37: Building a Talent Pipeline During the “Great Resignation”: Lessons from IBM
IBM Learning Strategist Sonia Malik,returns to the program to discuss the work that IBM is doing to help prepare for the future of work. Sonia discusses the impact that the “Great Resignation” is having on her organization, and how IBM has been a pioneer in creating pathways to degrees using stackable micro-credentials, apprenticeships, and partnerships with providers. You’ll also discover how IBM’s efforts help not only their own organization, but also support the broader community. Sonia also shares her thoughts about the future of the employer/employee contract and how employers will need to adapt in the post-COVID world.
36 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
E36: Helping the Long-Term Unemployed Return to Work: Lessons from Atlanta CareerRise
John Helton, Executive Director of Atlanta CareerRise, joins the program to discuss the work that his organization is doing to get long-term unemployed individuals in the region re-engaged in the workforce. John reveals the efforts that CareerRise is making around equity and inclusion and discusses the importance of philanthropic sources of funding. You’ll also hear about an approach designed to engage and support the long-term unemployed by meeting their needs for more intensive counseling, case management and peer support.
54 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
E35: Registered Apprenticeships: A Powerful Solution for Talent Development
This episode features a panel of experts sharing their thoughts and insights on registered apprenticeships, in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week. Amy Firestone, V.P.; Apprenticeship Carolina, Katherine Keegan, Director, Office of the Future of Work, Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment and William Higgins, State Apprenticeship Director, Arizona, discuss the importance of registered apprenticeships as one of the most dependable and proven methods of job training. Discover the power of partnership in successfully scaling registered apprenticeships, and how registered apprenticeships can be a powerful tool to help job seekers return to the labor force and help employers find the talent they need.
36 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
E34: Developing Flexible Funding Solutions- Lessons from the San Diego Workforce Partnership
Peter Callstrom, CEO (Chief Employment Officer) from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, joins the program to share his thoughts about the post-pandemic environment and the importance of securing 3rd party funds. Discover why the risk of failure for relying only on federal funds is too high and how income sharing agreements work.
33 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
E33: America’s Comeback from COVID: A Workforce Practitioner Perspective
Brittany Lenertz, Talent Solutions Director for West Michigan Works! joins the program to discuss the results of a wide-ranging survey that her organization conducted with job seekers. Brittany reveals insights gleaned from the survey and provides her thoughts about why people are not flocking back to work, even with the end of their benefits. She also reveals changes in job seekers’ attitudes and the most significant barriers that are keeping people out of workforce. You’ll also hear about an innovative marketing campaign designed to bring people back into the labor market.
38 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
E32: Providing Innovative Solutions to Support the Long-Term Unemployed
Michele Martin, Director of Technical Assistance at the Heldrich Center, joins the program to discuss the mission of the Heldrich Center and its New Start Career Network. Discover some of the emotional challenges that the long-term unemployed face, and an innovative approach to provide the long-term unemployed the supports that they need to thrive. Michele also discusses how the Heldrich Center is supplementing the public workforce system using volunteers and peer-to-peer support.
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
E31: How AARP Foundation is Helping 50+ Workers Reconnect to Full-Time Work
Lori Strauss, from AARP Foundation’s Workforce Programs Team and leader of the Back to Work 50+ Program, joins the podcast to explain the unique challenges that 50+ workers face and how the AARP Foundation is stepping up to help. Discover the background of the AARP Foundation and the role that ageism plays for the long-term unemployed in this demographic.
34 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
E30: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth- Insights From Strada Education Network
In this next episode in America’s Comeback from COVID Series, Dr. Nichole Torpey-Saboe, Director of Research and Insights for the Strada Education Network, joins the program to discuss youth – and the special challenges they face in reconnecting to education and getting back on track towards a career. Nichole shares insights from a research project that Strada conducted about how youth are feeling at this time. You'll also hear clips from young people about how the pandemic has impacted them on their educational and career journeys.
45 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
E29: Bouncing Back from COVID- Challenges of the Long-Term Unemployed and Older Workers
In this first episode of “America’s Comeback from COVID” series, Ofer Sharone, Professor of at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joins the program to reveal the challenges facing the long-term unemployed and older workers in particular. Discover what lessons we should take away from the end of the Great Recession that will apply to today’s long-term unemployed workers. Ofer also discusses the sociology of aspiration, and how it related to the long-term unemployed.
43 minutes | May 18, 2021
E28: Rebounding from the Pandemic and Envisioning a Better Normal
In this 43-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Scott Jensen, CEO and VP of External Affairs at RIPL (Research Improving People’s Lives, as he shares his perspective on how to envision a better normal. Scott discusses the challenges of re-bounding from the COVID-19 pandemic and how the workforce development system can best prepare to meet future workforce challenges. You’ll also hear about Skipper, a bot and virtual career coach that uses machine learning and AI to support customer service.
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
E27: Expanding Opportunity and Employment for Learners: EDL’s Community College Growth Engine Fund
In this 30-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Kevin Stump, Director of Impact, Evaluation, and Thought Leadership at Education Design Labs (EDL) to discuss EDL’s mission and what the higher education system needs to do to respond at this moment in history. Discover the importance of stackable, micro-credentials and sector-focused solutions. Kevin also reveals details about the Community College Growth Engine Fund, and why this new model better serves changing customer demographics.
32 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
E26: Registered Apprenticeships in Alaska- Building a Pipeline of Healthcare Workers
In this 32-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Anne Velardi, the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Alaska Workforce Investment Board and Mari Selle, the Director of Workforce Development for the South Central Alaska Health Education Center of the Alaska Primary Care Association. Anne and Mari reveal the details about the Alaska Primary Care Association Apprenticeship Program and why the Workforce Investment Board decided to make registered apprenticeships a focus of workforce development efforts in Alaska. You’ll hear about the types of jobs available and the innovation that is happening with online training.
33 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
E25: Solving Current and Future Workforce Challenges- With Jane Oates, President of WorkingNation
In this 34-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Jane Oates, President of WorkingNation, to discuss the unemployment crisis that her organization foresaw even before the pandemic. Jane shares insights about current challenges as well as signs of progress and discusses some of the results of WorkingNation’s American Worker Survey. Discover how WorkingNation intends to continue to support and advocate for reforms, and some of the most pressing public policy issues facing the new administration.
32 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
E24: Unmudl: A Course-to-Jobs Marketplace
In this 32-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Julian Alssid, Chief Marketplace Engagement Officer at Social Tech. Julian reveals the details behind Unmudl, a “course to jobs” marketplace that allows every learner, employee, or business in all communities to walk-in or connect online with any community college in the nation at any time with just a couple of clicks or a quick trip. Discover how community colleges can join Unmudl and the benefits and the results to date.
40 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
E23: How CompTIA is Preparing Talent for the Future of Work
In this 40-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA’s President and CEO, as they discuss how CompTIA is helping to prepare talent for the future of work. Todd discusses the confidence gap, and how CompTIA is partnering with various stakeholders to bring their solutions to scale. Todd also speaks about CompTIA’s research division and how they forecast changes in IT, as well as future skill needs.
24 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
E22: The Power of Apprenticeships- With Todd Cohen, Lockheed Martin’s Senior Manager of Strategic Workforce Initiatives
In this 24-minute podcast, Todd Cohen, Lockheed Martin’s Senior Manager, Strategic Workforce Initiatives, joins the program to discuss the number of apprenticeship programs that Lockheed is running today, and the growth of apprenticeships at Lockheed Martin. Todd reveals the reasons behind the growing popularity of apprenticeship programs, and some of the key benefits that Lockheed Martin is deriving from its commitment to apprenticeships.
35 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
E21: Infosys- Helping Workers Upskill and Transition to the New Economy
In this 35-minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys, a global technology leader, as they discuss Infosys’ Reskill & Re-start initiative, which includes a commitment to hiring 12,000 workers in the US over the next two years. Discover the type of candidates being targeted and the types of skills training being offered. Ravi also reveals why Infosys is looking to partner with states, as well as the public workforce and education systems.
38 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
E20: Strada Education- Building a Learning Ecosystem for the Post-Pandemic Economy
In this 38 minute episode, host Rick Maher is joined by Dr. Holly Ann Custard, Strada’s Deputy Director of Institute Partnerships and Outreach, to discuss Strada’s work to help design an education and training system to prepare America’s workers for the future. Discover Strada's new learning ecosystem, and the importance of customized approaches to learning.
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