Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | September 2022
In this Issue: Workforce Development Month | Quiet Quitting | Employer Spotlight
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In September, we celebrate Workforce Development Month, which was created in 2005 by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals to raise awareness about the importance of the industry as part of the national economy. In 2021, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution naming September Workforce Development Month, acknowledging that "jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not a 4-year degree comprise 52% of the labor market but only 42% of workers in the U.S. have access to training at that level, leading to discrepancies that may limit growth in crucial industries such as health care, manufacturing and IT."

Workforce development programs, community colleges, career technical education, and other workforce development training providers are abundant in our community and serve job seekers and employers in gaining valuable new skills and upskilling existing employees to fill the critical roles in our region.

Key partners in this effort are our local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), which direct federal, state, and local funding to workforce development programs and provide valuable assistance to connect individuals to training programs across the region. In our region, the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board, and the Butler/Clermont/Warren Workforce Investment Board provide vital resources and funding that job seekers, employers, and partners can access to support their most immediate needs. Explore their impacts on the region and what they have to offer along with our other outstanding training partners across the region and celebrate how they strengthen our region’s workforce!




Executive Director

Workforce Innovation Center



New Board Member – Karen Cooper

Welcome to new Workforce Innovation Center Advisory Board Member, Karen Cooper! With almost 20 years of industry experience and a passion for recruiting, Karen launched SmartIT in 2005, which later become Onebridge, a leading provider of specialized IT Solutions. In May 2020, Karen successfully exited her role as President/CEO of Onebridge through a sale of the business to an ESOP, leaving a legacy of ownership to the employees of Onebridge. With a passion for DEI and inclusive capitalism, Karen is living proof of the life-changing potential that can exist because of both. She is excited to join the Workforce Innovation Center board to strengthen the Center’s work and impact with employers, partners, and employees.

The Story Behind Quiet Quitting

A job market with 11.2 million open positions, and the drastic pandemic workforce shift, has led to the latest buzz called “quiet quitting.”

This controversial concept has multiple interpretations. Some define quiet quitting as a mindset shift around how work fits into their lives, while others describe it as doing the minimum, only focusing on what they are getting paid for. Either way you define it, one thing is for sure: the workplace is evolvin and organizations need to make meaningful changes to connect their employee value proposition to their mission, vision, and values.

Data from Gallup states:

  • "Quiet quitters" make up at least 50% of the U.S. workforce
  • U.S. employee engagement continued to decline in Q2/ 2022, as employees categorized as engaged remained at 32% while the disengaged increased to 18% – lowest ratio in nearly a decade
  • Only 24% of Americans think their managers have their best interests at heart

Successful employers cultivate highly engaged cultures through the voice of their employees and use what they learn to drive the results they need. The Workforce Innovation Center believes that employee feedback is crucial to cultivating a successful purpose-driven company and one of our core services, a comprehensive employee survey, provides our clients with critical information allowing them to make data informed decisions to improve employee engagement. Through engagement with the Center, our consultants help employers look beyond productivity scores to seek relevant feedback to understand the complete picture of engagement with specific guidance on how to improve it.

For additional information about how our team can help you provide a venue for open feedback, establish two-way communication, and make meaningful change happen, email Sam Hashmi, Senior Manager of Business Development, to schedule a conversation about how to better gain employee feedback.


Employer Spotlight – MadTree Brewing Company

At MadTree, our careers and jobs are bigger than beer. Do you have a passion for connecting people to nature and each other? We should talk. MadTree is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce that inspires madness while being reooted in purpose. We are currently hiring for a variety of roles, including:

MadTree is an early adopter of the Workforce Innovation Center’s practices and is a company committed to the Center’s mission of creating inclusive workplaces where people thrive.

University of Cincinnati Internship Program

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is the birthplace of the co-op learning model and home to one of the top five co-op and internship programs according to U.S. News & World Report (2022). All UC students, regardless of their major, can gain professional work experience before they graduate, which positions them for success when they enter the job market. In fact, many UC students accept offers of employment from one of their host companies before they graduate. Employers interested in training and developing their future workforce can recruit UC students by posting positions on Handshake or emailing

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Welcoming Week 2022

This year, Welcoming Week (September 9-18) celebrated its 10th anniversary! Locally, Cincinnati Compass, an advocate for social and economic inclusion and partner to the Workforce Innovation Center at The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, celebrated our vibrant region showcasing our diverse talent, places of business, and values ensuring that everyone who lives and works in Cincinnati feels welcome – no matter where they come from. Watch this video from Cincinnati Compass where Mayor Aftab Pureval provided data driven facts about our beautiful, inclusive, and diverse city.

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News of Interest

How some Greater Cincinnati business leaders want to make capitalism work better for us all

My View: Economic mobility for Black women builds vibrant Cincinnati region for everyone

Patagonia Founder Is Giving His Company Away in Pledge to Fight Climate Change

Cincinnati Compass celebrates the cultural and economic contributions of immigrant, refugee, and international communities across the Cincinnati region

TEDx: The happy secret to better work

New study shows we work harder when we are happy


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