Following two highly successful presentations on March 9, 2022, at the NAJA Annual Conference, Joseph Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence, and 2nd Vice President (VP) of the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA)—headed to Florida to present on March 13th at the SETA Spring Conference, sponsored by KRA, for the fifth time in 6 years.
Three days in a row, Joseph’s flights were cancelled. Arriving on March 14th, he missed the chance to present, but not the opportunity to attend the Annual Members Meeting, during which he was elected 1st VP as of July 1, 2022, and President, beginning July 1, 2023.
A 13-year KRA veteran, Joseph began creating diverse workshops, videos, and webinars in 2010, presenting at multiple AlabamaWorks, CWA, MWA, and NAWB events over the years. In 2015, NAWDP recognized Joseph’s considerable contribution to the industry, honoring him with its coveted Professional Development Award.
Joseph began presenting at SETA Spring Conferences in 2017. However, his official relationship with the association began in July 2020, when—considering his knowledge of workforce-development programming and 12 years’ demonstrated subject-matter expertise—he was invited to serve on the SETA Board as a Private Sector Representative.
In November 2021, the By-Laws Committee nominated Joseph for 2nd VP, an office for which he would have to campaign. However, in December, unexpectedly, the 1st VP resigned, prompting the Executive Committee to appoint Joseph to the office of 2nd VP, bypassing the election process and opening the door to the offices of 1st VP and President.
Joseph commented, “During the remainder of my term as 2nd VP, we will be launching our new website, and as 1st VP, implementing our new strategic plan, focused on expanding our presence in the employment and training development arena.
“As President, I intend to expand SETA’s “footprint” beyond the eight core Southeastern states, creating world-class workforce conferences, and planning for our 50th Anniversary in 2023.”
KRA applauds Joseph’s accomplishments, and appreciates his invaluable contributions, not only to KRA and SETA, but to thousands of workforce-services professionals across the country.