Thank you to all who attended!

Connecting the Dots and Celebrating Success in Workforce Development

Thank you for attending our 2nd Annual CareerRise Workforce Excellence Summit! Together, we celebrated the accomplishments of our workforce development partners and connect workforce, funder, and industry partners from across the Metro Atlanta region to advance economic mobility and drive regional prosperity. The event was a great success and your presence was the biggest highlight.

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Congratulations to our 2023 Workforce Excellence Award Winners!

We celebrate the remarkable organizations and companies for your outstanding achievements, innovation, and dedication to help shape the future of workforce. You inspire us all to strive for excellence and continue making a positive impact in workforce development.

The Cinda Herndon-King Award for Excellence in Workforce Partnerships

The Cinda Herndon-King Award for Excellence in Workforce Partnerships award reflects the excellence of Cinda’s work and honors an organization that has demonstrated innovation in creating collaborative, employer-driven career training programs in our metro Atlanta region. The organization we honor creates family-sustaining wage opportunities and career pathways, and champions economic mobility.

2023 WINNER: CobbWorks, Inc./WorkSource Cobb’s PowerUp! Pre-Apprenticeship Program in partnership with Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC)

WorkSource Cobb’s PowerUp! Program partnered with the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association (PHCCA), providing 10 opportunity youth ages (18-24) with 16 weeks of work experience with licensed plumbers, industry recognized credentials and $14 an hour for 40 hours weekly. In February 2023, PowerUp! graduated 10 pre-apprentices, with each of them landing in full apprenticeships with a pay raise ($18-$20hr) and full benefits.

The Doug Hooker Award for Excellence in Workforce Equity

The Doug Hooker Award for Equity in Workforce recognizes businesses, organizations and partnerships bringing together employers, education and workforce development entities, and economic development organizations as a key economic driver to achieve a more equitable workforce.

2023 WINNER: Georgia Justice Project – Occupational Licensing Legislative Task Force Led by Emmy Williams 

Emmy Williams’ expertise allowed Georgia Justice Project to convene a Task Force in the summer of 2022 with Senator Brian Strickland to engage government, industry, and advocacy stakeholders about possible reforms in Georgia. CareerRise, Georgia Chamber, Metro Atlanta Chamber and other industry leaders spoke at Task Force meetings which helped build support for policy change.

The Mike Kenig Award for Excellence in Quality Careers

The Mike Kenig Award for Excellence in Quality Careers recognizes high performing businesses that have risen to workforce challenges by implementing innovative practices and strategies in support of their employees to create high quality jobs and workplaces. The employers recognized with this award have a track record of strong engagement and interest supporting workforce initiatives through partnerships, career pathways, and professional development.

2023 SMALL BUSINESS WINNER: Kids in Motion Academy

Kids in Motion Academy (KIMA) is an early childhood learning center provider serving Dekalb, Gwinnett and Rockdale Counties growing to four different locations in 7 years. During the Covid pandemic, daycare providers closed down across the state. KIMA disrupted the status quo by connecting with DECAL and other state agencies to create a healthy and safe space for children. This allowed their parents to have a safe and healthy place for their children to be cared for while they went to their essential workplaces. Additionally, KIMA was selected as a 2022 Best Child Care Centers of Gwinnett.

 

The Mike Kenig Award for Excellence in Quality Careers

The Mike Kenig Award for Excellence in Quality Careers recognizes high performing businesses that have risen to workforce challenges by implementing innovative practices and strategies in support of their employees to create high quality jobs and workplaces. The employers recognized with this award have a track record of strong engagement and interest supporting workforce initiatives through partnerships, career pathways, and professional development.

2023 MID-LARGE BUSINESS WINNER: BlackRock Innovation Hub

Since announcing an expansion of Blackrock into Atlanta in 2019, Blackrock has been a strong committed partner in workplace equity. Through the leadership of Chanel Frazier and a dedicated team of professionals, Blackrock’s Innovation Hub continues to expand and lead a diversified portfolio of global investments led and supported by Atlanta professionals to care about and act on positive social impact. BlackRock’s Innovation Hub has embraced an entrepreneurial mindset and hire so their employees reflect the community they work and live in. They are relentlessly focused on innovation and challenging the status quo, and the fast-paced, highly collaborative nature of the Hub reflects that.

Keynote Speaker

The Power of Connection

Amanda Cage
President and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Linking Workforce Development and Economic Mobility

Panel Discussion

Robert LeBeau, AICP
Treasurer - Director of Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board at the Atlanta Regional Commission
Caroline Angelo
Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of Atlanta Technical College
Rob Weyer
Vice President of Talent Management and DEI at Comcast
Stewart Williams
Managing Director of Talent Development at OneTen
Ken Zeff
Executive Director of Learn4Life

Connecting Job Quality and Good Jobs

Panel Discussion

Nate Futrell
Industry Partnerships Director
Amy Lancaster-King
Principal & Chief Consultant at Long Game Solutions, LLC
Zack Godfrey
Goodness Solutions Manager for Benevity

Aligning Equity Goals to Cultivate Strong Communities

Panel Discussion

John Helton
CareerRise President & CEO
Amanda Cage
President and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Sandy Mollett
Chief Engagement Officer at Inclusivv
Philip Polk
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Honoring Atlanta’s Excellence

Speaker

Odie Donald II
Chief of Staff to Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens

The Doug Hooker Award for Excellence in Workforce Equity

Award Presenters

Geneva Hall-Shelton
Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Global Community Impact at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Suganthi Simon
Vice President, Mid-South Region at JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy

The Mike Kenig Award for Excellence in Quality Careers

Award Presenters

Mike Kenig
Workforce Development Advocate and Reformer
Beth Lowry
Vice Chair - President at Holder Construction

The Cinda Herndon-King Award for Excellence in Workforce Partnerships

Award Presenters

Cinda Herndon-King
Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity Advocate
Ann Cramer
Senior Consultant at Coxe Curry & Associates

Leveraging Connections for Excellence

Closing Remarks

Milton J. Little, Jr.
Board Chair - President & CEO at United Way of Greater Atlanta