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Developing local solutions to help low-income workers succeed

Posted on April 17, 2018

Colorado Springs Gazette

For some, the U.S. economy is humming along: unemployment is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession, wages are improving, and the economic expansion that began in 2009 is poised to become the second-longest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

At the same time, many others feel financial uncertainty. For them, the  American Dream remains far out of reach. They're unsure about where they fit into today's economy. In today's changing economy, workers who have traditionally struggled to find well-paid, meaningful work need access to better opportunities. But to really expand economic opportunity for everyone, it's important to think beyond the simple metric of more jobs.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, WorkLab leadership

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, WorkLab leadership

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Posted on April 13, 2018

Slate

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

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Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

Mercy Connections Names Lisa Falcone Next Executive Director

Posted on April 12, 2018

Shelburne News

Shelburne resident Lisa Falcone has been named the next executive director of Mercy Connections, board chair John Bossange announced last week.

“[Falcone] brings experience, wisdom, and an understanding of the mission of Mercy Connections,” Bossange said in the announcement.

Topics: scaling the Model, WorkLab leadership

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Topics: scaling the Model, WorkLab leadership

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director at The SOURCE, named Influential Woman

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, workforce support, community development, WorkLab leadership

WorkLab Innovations Welcomes New Members Implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 14, 2017

Founding members of WorkLab Innovations welcomed the first cohort of four new members to its unique network of workforce development organizations and employers who are ready to lead, learn, and share best practices for implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model approach to their programs.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

WorkLab Innovations Receives Kellogg Grant to Expand Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 7, 2017

WorkLab Innovations, LLC has received a $775,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to replicate its Sustainable Workforce Model in three major U.S. cities. Through the grant, the national nonprofit will leverage its successes in its founding member sites to implement its groundbreaking program in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Liddy Romero Named to the Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2017-18

Posted on October 18, 2017

What does it mean to make ends meet? Each month a percentage of the workforce deals with the reality that the amount of money they bring home is not enough to cover their basic needs. A single event, from an unexpected illness to a snow day at school can create instability, and can impact their ability to put food on the table, pay their bills, or get to work.

In an ideal world, every individual would have the opportunity to do meaningful work, be safe from discrimination and harassment, and have the resources they need to create a healthy and stable life for their families. Liddy Romero has spent her career working towards that ideal scenario, and was most recently named a Job Quality Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity

Posted on June 15, 2017

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director of The SOURCE, a WorkLab Founding Member, assisted racial justice nonprofit Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation with research for its latest report: Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT. The report identifies barriers to equitable employment outcomes for workers of color, and outlines solutions through a systemic and outcome-oriented approach.

Topics: barriers to employment, workforce equality, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, workforce equality, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, economic opportunity

Work-Life Navigation Goes National

Posted on March 27, 2017

The Rockefeller Foundation

We all try to bring our best selves to work every day, but sometimes life gets in the way. For those of us fortunate enough to have access to networks and resources, “life” can often be easily managed with a few phone calls or transactions. For the 42 percent of the workforce making less than $15 per hour, a broken down car, snow day from your kids’ school, or health emergency can mean lost wages or even a lost job, which further harms the individual, family, and employer.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Kellogg Funds Two-Generation Upskill Training Grant

Posted on January 1, 2017

WorkLife Partnership, a WorkLab Founding Member, has received a two-year grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation for Two-Generation Upskilling. WorkLife's Upskill training creates a customized plan that aligns with both the existing workforce and the organization's goals. By proactively investing resources into their workforces, companies can increase employee skills and satisfaction, as well as engagement and retention.

Topics: WorkLab investors, education & training, impact investing, career training

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Topics: WorkLab investors, education & training, impact investing, career training