Margo Turner named to National Small Business Assn. Leadership Council

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Turner, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

Turner is a serial entrepreneur, having launched and sold multiple successful enterprises, the largest employing 450 people in Southern California. She is a passionate advocate for positive change by creating solution environments. She credits her numerous teams for delivering on customer promises and raising their collective to shared success.

Turner joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

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Why We Can’t Define The Workforce As Blue Or White Anymore

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Full article[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#dbdbdb” thickness=”1px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Workforce and Economic Development professionals have long assumed that each one of these terms is practically self-explanatory. They are part of our shared language, words upon which we can all agree.

The reality is, in fact, much more complicated than that.

Words matter. We have known for a long time that the language we use shapes the world in which we see and act. How we speak impacts how we think and what we do, and that includes professionally. Words are not only tools: they are also barriers to new thinking.

I many ways, the future of workforce development will depend on challenging the words we are most comfortable with, and one of these is “collar.”

Technological complexity and change, economic and political disintegration have all shattered the notion of a singular workforce divided into collars.

The most familiar:

WHITE: The professional and administrative: 20 million of these in US in 2016

BLUE: The industrial and manufacturing workers: 19.6 million, or about the same

But what about:

GREEN: Those employed in clean energy and environmentally positive industries: 8 million in 2016

PINK: Primarily women in “service industry jobs”—which include occupations ranging from teacher to nurse to maid. It is hard to determine the number of jobs that are “pink collar” since they clumped into a single anachronistic and sexist category. Low estimate: 1 million

GOLD: Higher-end professionals like doctors and lawyers: about 1 million physicians and about 1.3 million attorneys

GREY: Police officers (750,000) and salespeople (!) with over 8.3 million employees

ORANGE: One of the fastest growing worker groups in the US: Prison labor, currently incarcerated people. They are over 1 million prison workers in the US right now

NO COLLAR: The entrepreneurs in the gig economy: about 1 million

And the NEW COLLAR: Jobs in industries we cannot even imagine.

The numbers speak for themselves: more people are employed in these “other collars” than either white or blue-collar job.

We can go — but these growing labels indicate the ever-clearer reality that no unitary “workforce” exists. In its places is an increasingly complex and dynamic mix of employees, occupations, and employers. That translates to a future jobs eco-system that requires an even more sophisticated understanding by workforce and economic developers.

Time is of the essence. Rethinking how we create a workforce – beyond the misleading
collars” — that meets the evolving needs of both learners and employers will depend on a new multi-disciplinary problem-solving approach. This approach must leverage end-to-end planning through implementation, build unprecedented Innovation Networks and use labor market information and best practices for data research. Part of the solutions can include change management, apprenticeships, regional brand development, the creation of employee engagement communications and accelerated outreach to employers and unions and educational agencies.

The challenge is to prepare for — and shape – the future without relying on yesterday’s information alone – or outmoded, inaccurate and constraining definitions. Changing the future requires tracing the trajectory of these trends to identify the impacts and insights that apply and then develop customized programs for industry sectors, occupational clusters, programs and community colleges. It’s a wicked problem to be sure, but one challenge that will require our best thinking and strongest actions, including dropping the concepts we might be most comfortable with.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]About The Author: Walter Dario Di Mantova is the Vice President and Partner of Powerminds, a tribe of strategic and creative minds invested in transforming education, workforce and economic development that spans every discipline and every kind of partner. He can be reached at walter@power-minds.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Powerminds will work with your college to bring home the Guided Pathways funding

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  • Facilitate & Listen
  • Synthesize & Organize
  • Assess using Guided Pathways Self-Assessment Tool
  • Submit application on the college’s behalf

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Powerminds Selected By Saddleback College To Promote Value of Innovation Center To Prospective Students and Industries

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– Company to showcase college as shining example of workforce development with renewed focus on innovation and entrepreneurship –

San Diego, CA – September 7, 2017 – Orange County-based Saddleback College announced today that Powerminds, an action tribe committed to solving wicked challenges in education, will collaborate on the development and expansion of the school’s regional Innovation and Entrepreneur Center.

The company will target prospective students to partake in the centers’ resources as well as to employers needing to develop skilled talent for their businesses.

“Saddleback College is a shining example of how community colleges can be the driving force behind bridging the job skills gap for both individuals and industries,” said Margo Turner, CEO of Powerminds. “We’re excited to employ our combined 90 years of experience in transforming education, workforce and economic development to this mission!”

Saddleback College has been the first choice for higher education and training in South Orange County since 1968. More than 500,000 alumni have gone through its academic and career training programs that enable students to successfully achieve their educational, professional and personal goals. Admission is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, has a high school equivalency certificate or is 18 years of age and shows evidence of being able to benefit from instruction.

Saddleback College has over 25,000 students and more than 1,000 faculty.

About Powerminds

Powerminds, Inc. is a unique action tribe, brought together by a shared philosophy and commitment to solving wicked challenges in education. Its tribe has a collective 90 years of transforming education, workforce and economic development spanning every discipline and with every kind of partner to see new ways of doing things. Powerminds’ approach is to assess the challenge quickly, deploy its vast tribe experience in agile teams and create solutions while seeing them through implementation to measured success in open collaboration with clients. For more information, visit www.power-minds.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]