Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | April 2023


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Despite recent reports of layoffs in industries like tech, finding and retaining quality talent continues to be top of mind for most employers as the unemployment rate remains historically low. In December of 2021, the Workforce Innovation Center partnered with the Cincinnati Chamber to launch a Career Board at no cost to Cincinnati Chamber members. Our initial purpose was simple: to provide employers with a new – and easy – avenue to promote their career opportunities. You can add your company/organization to the Career Board here.
Shortly after launching the site, we also learned from our workforce and talent ecosystem partners that the job seekers and employees they serve were looking for credible information to determine which employers were “good” and provided quality benefits, extra perks, and opportunities for advancement. We quickly determined that a parallel Perks Page would serve a shared benefit for job seekers, workforce organizations and employers themselves: it gives all viewers the chance to compare what each employer is offering and better gauge which employer might be a quality place to work.  
In the Perks Page, users are able to compare what tangible benefits an employer offers (healthcare, PTO, retirement, etc.) along with additional perks such as parking, paid training, and scheduling flexibility. We also cross reference which of the employers has committed to the Workforce Innovation Center’s pledge, which demonstrates their commitment to transform capitalism and improve opportunities for employees, and which have engaged the Center’s consulting services to support them in those efforts.  
In recent months, we have been pleased to partner with Recovery Friendly Hamilton County to add another dimension to the Perks Page: demonstrating which employers have become Recovery-Friendly Designated, a significant effort to support employees and their families to overcome substance use disorder and save lives.
As employers across the region continue to seek the talent that they need at all levels of skills, training and experience, consider joining our Career Board and Perks Page and becoming Recovery Friendly Designated to demonstrate the value that your workplace offers to its current and future employees.  

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center



As a Lead Consultant with the Workforce Innovation Center, Shonda has helped inform services and strategy while working with numerous clients on both core and custom engagements. Through her work with Center clients, Shonda has led the Employee Survey and Policy and Practice Review, performed org development and built structures, development and succession plans for teams; improved talent acquisition and selection processes; created data dashboards; advised on human capital analytics and data management plans; and performed extensive analyses of company trends and projections; and more.  


Shonda previously served as Senior Director, People and Operations at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Chief of Human Resources at the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts’ Office, led human capital innovation at an S&P 500 company. Shonda earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Centre College and her MBA from the University of Michigan. She is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional and Human Capital Strategist. She is Predictive Index Certified and is currently pursuing several other certifications.

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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.
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