Through periodic MAX Member Spotlights, our MAX team is honored to help our broader workforce development network get to know our members better in order to strengthen connections, collaborations, and practices among workforce developers and organizations engaged in workforce development. Here, our members share insights on how MAX is helpful in their work, accomplishments they’re most proud of, emerging trends they see as affecting workforce development, and more.
Why did you become a MAX member?
I firmly believe in collaboration. We are in this together and the more we learn from each other, the better off our community will be.
How long have you been engaged with the MAX network?
1 to 2 years
How has being a member of MAX benefitted you or your organization?
MAX is very helpful for collaboration and learning trends in the workforce.
How have you engaged through MAX in the past 12 months?
Which event do you most look forward to attending?
I look forward to attending events that address workforce equality. Workforce equality speaks to our ability to achieve a healthy and comprehensive workforce.
How many years have you served in the workforce development profession?
Why do you serve in this profession? What motivates you or inspires you to do what you do?
I enjoy serving in this capacity for several reasons. First, being a conduit for a person’s stability and ultimately their success is what being a servant leader is all about and that inspires me. I get the chance to impactfully give back to my community while working to model a compassionate, strong work ethic.
What is something you and/or your organization have accomplished in the past 12 months that you are most proud of?
There is so much of what we have accomplished in the last 12 months, and I am especially proud of our consistency. We are consistent with respecting those we serve and honoring their dignity, and with our belief that our population needs to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
What are some emerging trends you see affecting the job seekers and employers served through our profession?
One trend that has stayed steady is employers are looking for qualified workers. The upside is that employers are more willing to embrace a good prospect and train them to become qualified.
Is there anything you believe that we, as a profession, should do differently in the future to best serve those we serve?
Continue to learn from each other and share our success stories is a big help.
What is a little-known fun fact about you?
I try to find the joy in almost everything. Joy gives me a clear picture or path for my next steps.
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