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: Tariq Farid launches his new CBD Company, Incredible Edibles. A new interview with the founder of Edible Arrangements on his inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit. 

E22: Ten Miles of Opportunity- Inside the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in North Haven, CT, which opened in the summer of 2019 creating close to 3,000 jobs.

E21: Bill talks with economist and professor Harry J. Holzer on preparing for disruption and the “3 L’s”: longer unemployment, lower wages and labor market withdrawal.

E20: Discover the jobs, skills and training opportunities in the medical and recreational marijuana business with Joe LaChance of CannaHealth LLC. 

E19: Cannabis is a $9 billion industry. CT Attorney and NORML Counsel Aaron Romano digs into how the industry has grown and the workforce outlook.

E18: 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.

E17: 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.

E16: 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:

E15: Robert McGuire, founder of on why more people choose to work as independent contractors.

E14: David DeLong, workforce strategies speaker and author, on the perfect storm of retirements, recruitment and retention.

E13: Attorney Glenn Formica opens up about his newsworthy cases and how the immigration system impacts workers and employers.

E12: CT Senator Edward Kennedy leads the charge for fair scheduling for hourly workers and their employers.

E11: The Walmart Foundation‘s Julie Gehrki speaks for the U.S.’s largest retail employer on the sector’s health and worker mobility.

E10: Ellen Davis, VP of the National Retail Federation, says news of retail’s demise is greatly exaggerated.

E9: Art Bilger, founder of of Working Nation, gives a take on unemployment in the US.

E8: Reducing prison rates and Second Chances for ex-offenders, with former  Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Undersecretary Mike Lawlor, now a professor at the University of New Haven.

E7: Paul Harrington Part 2: More on jobs, youth and automation.

E6: Part 1 with lively Labor Market Economist Paul Harrington. What really causes economic inequality? Hint: It’s not Walmart’s fault.

E5: Before becoming Microsoft’s new Director of Workforce Policy, Portia Wu recapped her 8 years as U.S. Assistant Labor Secretary.

E4: IT Workforce Training and the need for private investment with Microsoft’s Bill Kamela.

E3: Edible Arrangements Founder Tariq Farid on signature customer service.

E2: Connecticut manufacturing industry leaders Marcia LaFemina of Penn Globe & Paul Hoffman of Orange Research

E1: New Haven’s own 23-term U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro

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

Workforce Alliance News

Registration Open for Three Skill Up for Manufacturing Sessions, Workforce Alliance Adds Plastics and CNC Training Options

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

14 Graduate from Workforce Alliance Skill Up for Manufacturing Training Program at Middlesex Community College

AUGUST 15, 2019

19 Graduate from Workforce Alliance Skill Up for Manufacturing Training Program

MARCH 15, 2019

$1Million in Workforce Development Grants Awarded to CT Non-Profit Organizations by CHEFA

FEB 27, 2019


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