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23 - Leading and Engaging Recovery and Resiliency

Season 2, Ep. 23

Workforce ecosystem leaders encounter plenty of challenging layers to disaster recovery and economic resiliency.  ACT curated a five-part toolkit with a framework we call ALEDA.  We covered the Adapt phase in Episode 22. In this installment, we explore the Lead and Engage phases. 

We have an interview with Lisa Rice, a former Workforce Director turned leadership consultant. Lisa offers perspectives on three qualities of a leader in disaster recovery, and advice for those new to skills-based recovery systems. 

Mike Longo, a workforce director in the certified Work Ready Community of Lorain County, Ohio.  Through the OhioMeansJobs centers, Mike’s team deployed the Make Your Lay Off Pay Off initiative.  Mike shares lessons learned from the last economic downturn, and how they reformed training and quality standards in their deployment.  

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