Workforce Today

The Podcast that talks locally, but thinks globally!

Workforce Today

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Workforce Alliance President & CEO Bill Villano has never met a workforce or economic issue he wasn’t willing to debate! Now he’s sharing 35 years of insight through conversations with guests and friends in public service and business.

E23: Edible Re-Arrangement- Tariq Farid Launches his new CBD Company, Incredible Edibles
Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements, joins the program to discuss his newest venture, Incredible Edibles, an end-to-end CBD product business that will farm, process and sell CBD food products through a franchise model. Tariq reveals why he decided to start Incredible Edibles, the benefits of CBD for consumers, and the potential economic impact of the industry.

E22: Ten Miles of Opportunity- The Amazon Fulfillment Center in North Haven, CT

New Haven’s own 23-term U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro

Edible Arrangements Founder & CEO Tariq Farid on signature customer service.

Bonus Episode: 5 Questions with Senator Chris Murphy, following his walk across Connecticut.

IT Workforce Training and the need for private investment with Microsoft’s Bill Kamela.

Before becoming Microsoft’s new Director of Workforce Policy, Portia Wu recapped her 8 years as U.S. Assistant Labor Secretary.

Part 1 with lively Labor Market Economist Paul Harrington. What really causes economic inequality? Hint: It’s not Walmart’s fault.

Paul Harrington Part 2: More on jobs, youth and automation.

Reducing prison rates and 2nd Chances for ex-offenders, with CT’s Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Undersecretary Mike Lawlor.

Ellen Davis, VP of the National Retail Federation, says news of retail’s demise is greatly exaggerated.

The Walmart Foundation‘s Julie Gehrki speaks for the U.S.’s largest retail employer on the sector’s health and worker mobility.

CT Senator Edward Kennedy leads the charge for fair scheduling for hourly workers and their employers.

Attorney Glenn Formica opens up about his newsworthy cases and how the immigration system impacts workers and employers.

David DeLong, workforce strategies speaker and author, on the perfect storm of retirements, recruitment and retention.

Robert McGuire, founder of on why more people choose to work as independent contractors.

Part 2 of a conversation with founder and marketing expert Robert McGuire on how to work with freelancers. Link to the Freelancer Study metioned in this episode here:

Darrell West, author of “The Future of Work: Robots, AI and Automation,” and Brookings Institution scholar on how the way we live, work and related to each other is changing.

Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation returns to talk about innovation. Includes a bonus interview with Colony Grill owner Ken Martin on personalizing spaces.

Workforce Alliance News

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