Developing a More Inclusive and Equitable Workforce System
Despite the urgent need for workers, many businesses are unable to hire individuals seeking work because applicants lack equitable access to necessary workforce education and training. States play an important role in creating inclusive and equitable workforce systems by ensuring all jobseekers can access high quality training, good jobs, and career pathways. To advance equity, workforce systems should examine institutional structures and barriers to participation that contribute to employment and economic disparities. This panel will share what it takes to understand structural and systemic barriers; intentionally engage community partners; center worker and business voices in shaping policies and programs; and align programs and resources that support the whole person in training for and advancing in a career.
Michelle Wilson, Director of Evaluation and Learning, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Followed by discussion with:
-Tracey Carey, Executive Director, Midwest Urban Strategies,
-Sheridan Nixon, Dallas College, Director of Advancement Strategy
-Brandee Davis, Director, Economic & Financial Mobility, United Way of Greater Nashville
Nakeisha Ricks, Senior Fellow, Workforce Development, National Skills Coalition