WorkLab Team

We offer comprehensive expertise in the WorkLab Model

WorkLab Team

 

Liddy Romero

Liddy Romero

Managing Director

Liddy Romero is Managing Director and a Founding Member of WorkLab Innovations. In 2009, she founded the Colorado-based organization WorkLife Partnership, deploying the Sustainable Workforce Model.  Building on her education, as well as her small business and nonprofit experience, Liddy helps lead the national efforts to make this model accessible and effective throughout the U.S.

In the previous eight years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in the ways employers invest in their workforces to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities.

Liddy has 14 years of experience working with government entities, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit sectors. She serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, was an Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow, and is a 2017-2018 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. She currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council.

Liddy received a ROI Certification from the ROI Institute in May 2017. She holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Valerie Wendell

Valerie Wendell

Director of National Implementation

Valerie directs national replication of the WorkLab Sustainable Workforce Model at member sites, and supports education, thought leadership, and innovation around post-hire supports through the WorkLab Learning Network. She brings more than a decade of experience in the economic, workforce, and community development fields to her role.

Valerie has long been passionate about building sustainable work, career, and economic trajectories for the most vulnerable members of America’s workforce. She cut her teeth in the field at SEEDCO where she managed a $2.5 million portfolio of workforce development contracts with the State of New York, the City of New York, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Valerie has expertise in sector and career pathway initiatives in the healthcare and construction fields, Lifelong Learning Account integrations (LILAs), and capacity-building services for community-based organizations.

In 2012, Valerie spearheaded the launch of an early version of the Sustainable Workforce Model in northern Colorado while managing special initiatives for the Bohemian Foundation. Rooted in community dialogue and a collaborative process that involved business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic entities, the Model continues to thrive in northern Colorado today.

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley, and dual Master's degrees from Columbia University in Social Work and International Affairs (Economic and Political Development). She is a graduate of the P/PV and Aspen Institute Sector Strategies Practicum, and is a recipient of Columbia University’s Lowenstein Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of Social Work. Valerie lives in Fort Collins, CO, with her spouse and two children.

Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams

Impact Manager

In her role as Impact Manager, Cindy Williams offers WorkLab Innovations a broad range of business experience and expertise using data and metrics to improve internal and external communications and to drive program strategy.

After working for several years in magazine and book publishing, Cindy spent nine years managing client accounts for a subscription database service provider. Most recently, Cindy had oversight of operations for an online education company, where she led client success and B2B business development strategy, managed business operations, and directed product improvement strategy. In this role, she also helped create greater potential for long-term career success for fitness professionals by providing educational and career resources to international health and fitness club businesses.

Cindy graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and a Sociology minor. Throughout her career, Cindy has demonstrated a willingness and ability to commit deeply to her professional endeavors and she brings a passion for equality and helping others succeed to her work. An avid gardener and skier, Cindy lives with her husband and dog in Broomfield.