Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | January 2024

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Like many people, at the beginning of the year I enjoy setting new intentions. When thinking about 2024 and the Workforce Innovation Center’s goals with our consulting services, partner organizations, and national initiatives to support our region, we are excited that this year will be one of expansion, which is my word for the year.

In 2024, this is showing up in our work in a variety of ways:

  • We will expand the conversations we have with our stakeholders across the region from company leaders to HR professionals to workforce partners and employees themselves

  • We have expanded our services offerings to create levels of engagements that help employers achieve their workforce goals

  • We are engaging private sector companies to think more expansively about racial equity in the workplace and what changes they can make to improve it through the Racial Equity Dividends Index – a confidential, self-led assessment

  • We will explore our region’s data and labor market and how we might work together to expand opportunities for our employers to retain and attract the people they need through innovative and desired workplace practices

  • We will work with our employers to expand consideration for engaging with populations they may not have previously considered, including younger generations and youth ready to work (Gen Z & Gen Alpha), immigrants and refugees, people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, and people with disabilities

  • We will also expand training opportunities for individuals, such as through the Women of Color in Tech initiative in which participants earn Google Career Certificates.

Expansion dovetails well into the Cincinnati Chamber’s new strategic framework focused on growth, which will be rolled out publicly by President & CEO Brendon Cull on February 1 at 8 a.m. during Monthly Member Briefing. I am excited about the Chamber's next five years and am fortunate to be part of a Chamber team that is dedicated to creating a vibrant, desirable community where everyone belongs. At the Workforce Innovation Center, we're doing our part with employers and partners like you to expand opportunities in our region and make that aspirational statement a reality.

If there is a particular area of expansion related to our work you would like to discuss, please let me know. Or if you want to send me a note to share your word of the year, please do that, too!

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


Brookings Metro’s Regional Inclusive Growth Network

The Cincinnati Chamber is proud to be part of the Brookings Metro’s Regional Inclusive Growth Network and we are currently recruiting private sector employers who are interested in participating in the Racial Equity Dividends Index. Click here to learn more about the index and if you are interested in being part of the Cincinnati region’s cohort, please contact Audrey Treasure,

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CityLink Center | "Impactful Inclusion" Community Conversation

CityLink Center is thrilled to announce its upcoming free event – Community Conversations: Impactful Inclusion on Thursday, February 1 at 6 p.m. at CityLink Center.

We have an incredible panel of local and national leaders in tech, healthcare, construction, and more, moderated by Chuck Mingo of Undivided. We're diving into diversity and inclusion, and how to go from policy to lasting change.

Interested? Register by 12 pm on 2/1 to reserve your spot!

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2024 Annual Dinner – Legacy & Promise: A Celebration of Leadership | February 29, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Only one month from the 2024 Annual Dinner – Legacy & Promise: A Celebration of Leadership, the Cincinnati Chamber's premier business event presented by PNC Bank! This unique event is highlighted by the induction of the newest class of Great Living Cincinnatians, celebration of Making Black History honorees, and the changing-of-the-guard of the Chamber’s key volunteer leaders.

Our annual event is special every year and in 2024, the Workforce Innovation Center is pleased that two recipients have been direct supporters of our work. Sister Sally Duffy was one of the original members of the Child Poverty Collaborative, from which the Workforce Innovation Center was formed. Throughout the preceding years and since the establishment of the Center, Sally has been a champion and a guide to further our work with employers and partners. We are also grateful for the support and the investment of the Western and Southern Financial Fund as one of our early, multi-year funders to enable our work to achieve our mission and vision. We are grateful to John Barrett and to the Western and Southern Financial Fund for their support.

Congratulations to Sally and John, and also to Delores and Donna, for their years of support and betterment of the Cincinnati community! We hope to see you at the celebration honoring their achievements on February 29!

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New Expanded Services Offerings to Meet Your Needs

We have expanded our services offerings to create levels of engagements that help employers achieve their workforce goals. Through our new Basic, Core, and Choice services packages, you can find a solution that fits your budget and aligns with your business and organizational goals.

We understand running a business is hard, and many leaders are just trying to keep pace with the day-to-day issues they face. There’s not enough time to gather data, complete strategic long-term assessments, and implement innovative ideas that resolve constant, evolving challenges. That's why we're here as a skilled, trusted partner to help move your business forward.

Contact Audrey for more details and pricing on our services packages.

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