Lars Nowack has extensive and varied leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Lars has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations through multiple transitions, mergers, and growth. He specializes in strategic planning, program development, administrative and fiscal management, and fund development. Lars has raised and coordinated more than $18 million in foundation, local, state, and federal grants, and social venture funding to fund Cares of Washington, the parent organization of Connect for Success.
Lars holds a B.A. in counseling from DePaul University, a theater degree from the School for Total Theater in Switzerland, and a Marine machinist degree from Esbjerg Marine Engineering College in Denmark. Lars is active in the local Seattle community, where he serves on various boards, and is a passionate believer in the opportunity for all people to be self-sufficient.
Liddy Romero founded WorkLife Partnership in 2009, building on her education, and small business and nonprofit experience to bring a new model for social enterprise to Colorado. In the last seven years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in the ways employers invest in their workforce to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities.
Liddy has 14 years of experience in working with government entities, and both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Liddy serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council and currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council. She was a previous Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow, and was recently accepted as a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Job Quality Fellowship, hosted within the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program.
Liddy has a dual role in serving as Managing Director for WorkLab Innovations – a network organization that leads the replication and scale of the Sustainable Workforce Model. The Sustainable Workforce Model engages human capital, increases economic opportunity for families through work, protects the bottom line, and builds more inclusive workplace cultures.
Liddy holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Mindy Ysasi leads The SOURCE, with a mission to reduce employment barriers for employees who work for partner organizations of The SOURCE. Mindy is one of the founding members of WorkLab Innovations – a network organization leading the replication and scale of the Sustainable Workforce Model.
The SOURCE began as an idea by local CEOs who wanted to retain talent in their companies and who understood that talent is a differentiator. The SOURCE works with the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, with private caseworkers, and with employers by providing navigation and connection supports to employees.
Mindy joined The SOURCE in 2015 after a career in Human Resources with a variety employment sectors, including healthcare and manufacturing. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.B.A. in management and marketing. Mindy is currently pursuing an E.M.B.A. at Michigan State University.
Mindy is also a co-founder of the Latina Network of West Michigan, an organic collective focused on changing the Latina narrative in the region. She is an appointed member to the Civil Service Board, City of Grand Rapids. Additionally, Mindy serves as the co-chair for KConnect, a collective impact high school to career work group. She has been recognized for her commitment and leadership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Young Professional award, the GVSU Alumni Service award, Grand Rapids Business Journal “40 under 40,” and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network—Grand Rapids DoGooder and Exemplary Executive awards.
Don Baylor, Jr. is a senior program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he oversees the Foundation’s portfolio to improve household financial security, including the Southern Partnership to Reduce Debt. Prior to joining Casey, Don was a senior associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where he focused on expanding economic opportunity through JPMorgan Chase, Citi, MacArthur and Gates Foundation projects dozens of U.S. cities.
He also worked as director of OpportunityTexas at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) in Austin, where he worked to pass legislation to increase household savings, curb predatory lending, and integrate financial education into the K-8 math curriculum. Don was a founding board member for RAISE Texas, Texas Match the Promise Foundation, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board. He currently serves as a board member for Earn.org and Equal Measure, and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Todd Levinson has contributed to the field of workforce development at the local, state, and national levels. He started at the local level, leading a New York City workforce development center where he gained an on-the-ground understanding of the needs of employers, jobseekers, and workforce development staff. While at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, he then worked on bringing together leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to develop joint solutions that could overcome critical workforce development challenges, playing a pivotal role in the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force, which culminated in the Career Pathways report that put forth a plan to transform the city’s workforce development system in order to improve upward mobility.
He continued to work on these same issues at the national level with the Clinton Global Initiative, bringing together national leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to develop joint projects on an array of important workforce development goals. Finally, working with an initiative at the Council of Chief State School Officers, he most recently coached state governments on how to work with employers to develop a more robust career readiness approach to state education systems.
Previously, Todd was a consultant and professional speaker for over nine years, leading personal and professional development seminars for international audiences and performing strategy and innovation consulting with public and private sector organizations. He also worked with the United Nations in Fiji, helping to lead a conflict resolution training that guided civil society and government leaders from conflict-affected islands in the Pacific to develop joint solutions to further peace and development in their islands. He currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Patti Phillips is president and CEO of ROI Institute, Inc., the leading source of ROI competency building, implementation support, networking, and research. A renowned leader in measurement and evaluation, she helps organizations implement the ROI Methodology in 70 countries around the world. Patti serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
In addition, she serves as Chair of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) People Analytics Board, Principal Research Fellow for The Conference Board, board member of the Center for Talent Reporting, and ATD CPLP Certification Institute Fellow. Patti also serves on the faculty of the UN System Staff College in Turin, Italy. Her work has been featured on CNBC, EuroNews, and over a dozen business journals. Patti's academic accomplishments include a Ph.D. in International Development and a master's degree in Public and Private Management.