KRA Directors to Present at Meeting of the Minds Conference

The 2021 Meeting of the Minds in Monterey Conference, September 7-9, sponsored by the California Workforce Association (CWA), will bring together decision-makers, leaders, and other industry professionals and stakeholders, focusing on Rising to the Challenge: From Rescue to Recovery.

On September 8, at 10:30am PST, Joseph L. Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence—and the 2015 recipient of NAWDP’s coveted Professional Development Award—will facilitate an engaging Round II Workshop on Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals.

Mr. Seymour—who has also presented a diverse array of workshops and webinars for AlabamaWorks, Maryland Workforce Association, NAJA, NAWB, and SETA—will focus on trauma-informed care as an approach that recognizes and acknowledges the role that trauma may play in the lives of the program participants we serve…as well as our own lives and those of our colleagues.

In addition, he will explore the types of traumas, the five principles of trauma-informed care, and best practices that mitigate re-traumatization in our service delivery.

At 2:45pm, Maxine Suka, Director of Workforce Operations and a seasoned workshop presenter—e.g. Passion & Partnerships: Cultivating Resiliency in Workforce Development and Parenting in a Pandemic: A Millennial MOMoir to Remember at the CWA/WORKCON 2021 Spring Conference—will facilitate a thought-provoking Round III Workshop on World Wide Reflections: Reinventing and Reimagining the Future of Work.

Ms. Suka, a two-term NAWDP Board member representing Region 9, comments, “In a world that is gradually adjusting after the COVID-19 lockdown, one of the only certainties we have is that this pandemic will have a lasting impact on how people work from now on.  Around the world, companies are challenged to find new ways to serve their customers and communities.

The scale of workforce transitions set off by COVID-19’s impact on labor trends increases the urgency for businesses and policymakers to support additional training and education programs for workers.  To support a working world that has become more “hybrid”, now is the time to rise to the challenge, join the conversation, and seize the opportunity to reinvent and reimagine a future of work that is far more equitable.”

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