- Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief
The National Association of Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. NASWA members staff nearly 2,300 American Job Centers, helping people search for jobs, find training, and answer other employment-related questions. Additionally, they administer unemployment insurance, veteran reemployment, and labor market information programs. 2023 marks the first media partnership between NASWA and WorkingNation.
WorkingNation celebrates two years sharing content from partner Disability:IN, a nonprofit focused on increasing inclusion and accessibility in the workforce for people with disabilities. Neurodiverse and other disabled individuals continue to face numerous challenges in securing employment and are disproportionately underrepresented in the workplace. Many possess the capabilities businesses need, and with a combined underemployment/unemployment rate nearing 80%, they are eager to become an essential part of the workforce. Disability:IN works with more than 400 corporate partners to break down the employment and promotion barriers. As partners, WorkingNation conducts interviews at the organization’s annual conference for our WorkingNation Overheard series.
Over the years, the annual JFF Horizons summit has become a rich environment to hear from those passionate about radical new solutions to address the intertwined economic, racial, and public health challenges facing our country. Many of these issues are directly connected to employment, which makes this event a perfect place for WorkingNation to hear from people in the public, private, and nonprofit worlds who gather to share ideas. In past years WorkingNation has participated in panels, as well as partnered with JFF to capture interviews with these dynamic visionaries for WorkingNation Overheard.
SXSW EDU is an annual four-day conference held each March in Austin, fostering innovation and learning within the education industry. The event offers compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, and engaging learning experiences. WorkingNation is honored to be a media partner with SXSW EDU, amplifying the idea that education has the power to inspire, elevate, and change the future, including shaping pathways to in-demand careers. Here is some of what we learned in our WorkingNation Overheard conversations with thought leaders at the event.
How can we remove the barriers blocking U.S. workers without bachelor’s degrees from accessing good family-sustaining jobs and promotions that can ensure upward economic mobility? It’s time to change the narrative around the value and potential of 70 million workers who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs), rather than through a four-year degree. This September, nonprofits Opportunity@Work and the Ad Council launched the Tear the Paper Ceiling campaign encouraging employers to rethink the job requirements for millions of positions, opening the door to these STARs. Nearly 50 national organizations and companies have joined the campaign. WorkingNation is proud to be among them.
WorkingNation partnered with the SHRM Foundation to take you inside the SHRM Conference and Expo 22 in New Orleans, attended by more than 15,000 hiring professionals and employers. This year, there were more than 200 sessions over five days, both in person and virtually. Throughout the conference, attendees explored the latest ideas that are changing the workplace landscape, connected with fellow professionals, and learned about resources that could help them achieve their hiring goals, benefiting workers and employers alike. As partners, we’re sharing some of what we’ve observed through interviews for our WorkingNation Overheard series.
WorkingNation is proud to have been a Collaborating Partner to the ASU+GSV Summit for the past four years. The annual conference brings together leading minds from around the world to discuss how to transform society and business around learning and work. Our partnership is based on a shared belief that all people should have equal access to a bright future. Together, we have developed panels that examine the most developments in the way we work and pathways to good careers. WorkingNation also conducts interviews with conference speakers and shares what we’ve learned with our audience in our social media series, WorkingNation Overheard.
The annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium brings together hundreds of veteran-serving organizations to discuss issues facing our military-connected individuals and families. At the heart of the event, produced by America’s Warrior Partnership, is how to better identify and translate veterans skills into language employers can understand, resulting in better job opportunities for these groups. This is why we have been proud to attend and interview the passionate folks who are rolling up their sleeves and working to create solutions for our WorkingNation Overheard series. Our veterans and their spouses continue to be a valuable untapped talent pool for employers.
Each year, the Milken Institute Global Conference brings together thousands of high-profile thought leaders in business, technology, government, philanthropy, health care, and media from more than 60 nations to share their insights into solving the world’s most critical economic and social challenges. The American workforce and the changing nature of work is central to many of the conversations at the event, which makes the MIGC a perfect match for WorkingNation’s mission. Since 2017, WorkingNation has been a part of the discussions, participating in panels and interviewing these leaders about the solutions they are considering and implementing for our WorkingNation Overheard series.
The GreenBiz conference is an annual event for business leaders focused on the environment and sustainability. Attended by over a thousand professionals, the sessions and panels identify unique solutions and themes that often connect back to employment, and specifically green jobs. WorkingNation’s series Green Jobs Now shares the same focus – to find the businesses, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who can help create a healthier environment while opening employment opportunities for millions of Americans in the next decade. Here are conversations from our WorkingNation Overheard series.