Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | March 2023
Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | March 2023
In this Issue: New Website Launch | Greater Cincinnati Foundation | Tarek Kamil, CEO, CERKL | Workforce and Talent Ecosystem Map | Leadership Center Applications
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As our consultancy continues to grow, we’re excited to announce the launch of the new and improved Workforce Innovation Center website. We’ve come a long way in just a few years with more clients, expanded product and service offerings, and greater impact on the region. Featuring streamlined navigation, more insights into our services and process, valuable thought leadership content, and upgrades to our workforce resources, our new website was built to better serve you and your business. 

To that point, I want to call out a few sections of the website where you can get plugged into our work today. Whether you’re looking for HR consulting services, resources for talent attraction and retention, or ways to better understand the challenges your organization and others may be facing, we have something for you and your business:  

  • Our services are innovative, custom solutions designed and implemented by our experts that address your unique workforce challenges to help your business reach its full potential 

  • Our career board ensures your job postings are seen by top talent in the area and enables you to highlight the benefits and perks that make your company stand out 

  • Our workforce and talent map makes it easy to find workforce, talent, education, and social service organizations that can support your business here in the tri-state region 

  • Our blog keeps you up to date on the latest workforce news so you can make informed decisions to diagnose and address any issues your company or employees may be facing 

While our website is new, our goal remains the same: to support companies through evidence-based practices that fuel business growth and improve the lives of employees. If you’re ready to take the next step in making transformative changes for your people and business, visit or contact me directly at

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come. The Workforce Innovation Center is pleased to have received a $50,000 investment from GCF in December of 2022 to support the Center’s capacity building as we continue to serve employers and their employees, partner organizations, and job seekers. We are grateful to have the support of GCF in our work to fulfill our mission to drive companies to adopt practices that empower employees, the community, and their businesses to thrive. 

View GCF's Website


Tarek is the CEO and Founder of Cerkl - a platform built to modernize the employee experience using unified communication, automation, and artificial intelligence. As a serial entrepreneur, Tarek saw the need for a solution to the increasing amount of channels and content directed at employees. 
Prior to Cerkl, Tarek served as the Executive Director of Online Strategy for InfoMotion Sports Technology (IST). He was part of the team which launched the first “smart” basketball (available in every Apple store in North America) and was named a Consumer Electronics Show Honoree for Best Innovation in Software/Mobile. Prior to IST, Tarek served as VP for Los Angeles-based FOX Interactive Media (a News Corp. company). During his time at FOX, Tarek oversaw all facets of the online sports-based gaming operations for the Interactive Unit, including (WIS) based in Cincinnati. WIS was founded by Tarek in February, 2000, and sold to FOX Interactive Media in September, 2005. 
In just 5 years, Tarek grew WIS from an idea to over 500,000 members and orchestrated 
partnerships with some of the largest names in sports, including ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB, NBA, and the NHL. During this period, Tarek was a finalist for E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to launching WIS, Tarek founded Incigna Technology Solutions in 1997 – a provider of custom-developed software and Internet solutions. Incigna worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, Anthem Insurance, Omnicare, and Western & Southern Financial. 
Additionally, Tarek serves on the Cintrifuse Board of Directors and is an award-winning speaker. His speaking engagements have included: TED, Procter and Gamble, the Data Science Summit in Las Vegas, Sloan Analytics Conference at MIT, Greater Cincinnati Chamber Business Awards Keynote, BoldFusion YP Conference, UnPolished, Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Dayton among numerous other events and conferences. 

Featured Resource


When the Workforce Innovation Center was established in 2019, one of our priorities was to identify and connect with the great organizations supporting people and employers in our community. The landscape of organizations doing this important work is vast with programs and services designed to help solve problems. In launching the Center publicly in 2020, we built the first version of the Workforce & Talent ecosystem map – a categorized, searchable map that enables the user to explore all of these organizations and what they offer to the community. Our new website launched with our fourth version of the map, as we continually learn more about them and work to present this information better to the community. Explore the map to discover the vast number of resources our region offers to better support people and businesses.

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Desktop version of Workforce & Talent Ecosystem Map
Mobile version of Workforce & Talent Ecosystem Map


The Leadership Center at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber offers a continuum of leadership development programs for employees at all stages of their careers. These facilitated training programs prepare employees to lead confidently and effectively, while also serving as a powerful retention strategy. Leadership Cincinnati is an immersive civic engagement and development program for established leaders in c-suite or senior executive positions, while WE Lead is a 10-month leadership development experience for high-potential, goal-oriented women looking to advance their careers. Both programs offer professional development and networking opportunities and allow participants to deepen their ties to the Cincinnati region.
Learn more about Leadership Cincinnati | Learn more about WE Lead


‘Conscious Quitting’ is Sweeping the Workplace | Fortune

Why Non-Linear Career Paths Are The Future | Forbes

Practice Empathy As a Team | Harvard Business Review

The Best Way to Boost Workers’ Mental Health Is to Give Them Good Managers | Scientific America 

Why Poverty Exists in America | New York Times

Low-Wage Workers Have Seen Historically Fast Real Wage Growth In The Pandemic Business Cycle I Economic Policy Institure 

Women in the Workplace | McKinsey

History of Diversity and Inclusion Policies in the Workplace | WorkTango