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Longtime Workforce Center president Woloshansky to retire

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The longtime president and CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) Board, Linda Woloshansky, has announced her retirement, effective in the first quarter of 2021.

Woloshansky has served as the founding president since 2000, when CWI began operations.

“During Woloshansky’s tenure, she laid the groundwork and strategy for CWI to serve as a catalyst for community and business investment in workforce, education, and economic development, building and enhancing the capacity to succeed in a new global economy,” CWI said in a statement released on Thursday. “CWI aligns workforce skills to meet the needs of employers and elevates talent for emerging next generation jobs.

“The organization has grown significantly the last 20 years, providing the support to the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, operating WorkOne Centers, and 15 adult community learning centers,” said Glen Todd, newly elected chair of the CWI board. “Linda added a consulting division, co-founded and spearheaded READY NWI, a talent alignment coalition of K-12 systems, and her support extended to Career and Technical Education centers, post-secondary schools, and employers in the seven counties of Northwest Indiana. Her knowledge and experience on workforce issues have been recognized not only locally but she has been sought out by others throughout the nation.”

“Mrs. Woloshansky believes in partnerships and collaborative efforts, working with others to create opportunities to improve college and career readiness of students, and support the work of economic development and our employer community,” said Jim Jorgensen, attorney with Hoepper, Wagner, and Evans and longtime CWI board member. “She has always advocated that developing talent is not only a workforce development issue but is also a community and economic development responsibility. She has been an extraordinary leader and difference maker.”

Woloshansky has been recognized for her work by the Department of Labor, National Association of Counties, Jobs for America’s Graduates, the Great Lakes Employment and Training Association, Times Media, NIPSCO, Ivy Tech, and the State of Indiana. Woloshansky has also been inducted as a fellow in the Society of Innovators. During her tenure, Woloshansky has made over 100 presentations to workforce boards, human resource professionals, and economic developers across the U.S.

The CWI board has contracted with Organizational Development Solutions to search for a new CEO.


Posted 10/30/2020






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