Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | July 2023


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When we launched the Workforce Innovation Center in early 2019, we had a simple idea to solve a complex problem: we wanted to help employers be better – for the benefit of their business and their employees. We knew then that each employer is unique due to a variety of factors, including their industry, size, employee count and composition, location, and leadership. Knowing that, we wanted to make it easy for employers to get insightful data about their unique circumstances along with a tangible plan to move forward and actually be better.

So, that’s what we’ve built – services and a process where we engage with your leadership and/or HR teams to learn about your organization, understand your goals and challenges, and deliver insightful data and a roadmap. In the end, you’ll have a human capital strategy designed based on where you are right now and where you want to go.

For some employers, being better means reducing their unwanted turnover and increasing retention, like one client whose retention rate went from 60% to more than 90% after implementing our strategy. For others, it’s becoming more diverse and inclusive, like another client who is seeking employees from new sources they had not previously considered. Whatever your reason for wanting to be better, the Workforce Innovation Center team can help you get there.

As we continue our work with employers and companies like yours, we’re building stronger businesses and communities – together.


Let's Work Together

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


Recovery Friendly Workplace Safety Panel | August 28, 11 a.m. to Noon

Substance use disorder costs U.S. companies an estimated $442 billion a year in lost productivity, health care costs, and absenteeism. The human and economic toll of this disease is far too great to go unchecked in the workplace. The burgeoning Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) movement represents a paradigm shift in how employers manage and conceive of substance use disorder among their workforce. Join WIC partner, Recovery Friendly Hamilton County (RFHC), at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for an engaging and informative Recovery Friendly Workplace Safety Panel featuring multifaceted subject matter experts who will explore the practicalities and fundamentals of recovery friendly workplaces from four unique angles.


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Conscious Capitalism Cincinnati Chapter Summit | September 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Workforce Innovation Center is pleased to be a collaborator for the Cincinnati Chapter Summit of Conscious Capitalism, featuring Raj Sisodia as the Keynote Speaker. This conference is built for business leaders looking to design and implement conscious practices in their companies and deepen their social impact.

Call for Presenters/Panelists/Exhibitors: We are looking for speakers or panelists for the afternoon’s breakout sessions and we are particularly interested in speakers aligned with our Conscious Capitalism TACTILE model, which encompasses key elements crucial for positively transforming organizations.
Learn more about the TACTILE model


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New Council for Inclusive Capitalism Steward, Sunrise Treatment Center

Congratulations to Workforce Innovation Center client and partner, Sunrise Treatment Center, for joining the Council for Inclusive Capitalism as a Steward! Led by Dr. Jeffrey Bill, Sunrise Treatment Center is a voluntary and comprehensive outpatient treatment program. In becoming a Steward with the Council, Sunrise has committed to fostering a Recovery Friendly Workplace as part of the Sustainable Development Goal Focus Area 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. Sunrise joins local companies Nehemiah Manufacturing and North American Properties as Stewards.


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

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Applications for Cincy LEAD and WE Ascend Close Today

The Leadership Center is currently accepting applications for two premier leadership development programs:

Cincy LEAD is a five-session program from the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. It was created to provide a roundtable experience within the context of a full leadership development program at an affordable cost for price-conscious leaders and organizations.
Learn more and apply | View the Cincy LEAD experience

WE Ascend is a seven-session program from the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. It provides a small group coaching experience for 6-8 BIPOC women executives taking on new challenges in their organization or who have just been promoted or are seeking promotion.
Learn more and apply | View the WE Ascend experience


Nominations are Due August 4

The Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the Minority Business Accelerator LLC will honor organizations and individuals in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors that showcase successful efforts with measurable business success in making their organization more equitable and inclusive.
Learn more and nominate an organization or individual


MY VIEW: We must dismantle systems that hold families back | Cincinnati Business Courier

Greater Cincinnati is attracting more workers from larger cities, Chamber study says | WVXU

City of Cincinnati proposes new programs to reduce economic inequalities | WCPO

Microsoft, Salesforce, and other Fortune 500 companies react to Supreme Court striking down affirmative action: ‘Our commitment to equality doesn’t waver’ | Fortune

Being a ‘purpose-driven leader’ in the Fortune 500 boosts revenue | Fortune

Remote Work Sticks for All Kinds of Jobs | The Wall Street Journal

The Worker Financial Wellness Initiative | JUST Capital

Chobani hired hundreds of refugees at its plants. Average tenure now exceeds industry average | Fortune

Black Workers in the US Account for 90% of Recent Rise in Unemployment | Bloomberg

Great Place To Work CEO: ‘It’s time to acknowledge why diversity makes us uncomfortable’ | Fortune

No One Is Happy About Diversity Efforts at Work | The Wall Street Journal

New US Pregnancy Laws Aren’t Enough for a Family-Friendly Workplace | Bloomberg

A Crisis Over Child Care Is Holding Back Companies and Blue-Collar Workers | The Wall Street Journal