Join us for Coffee & Commerce, going strong into its second year. This series was created to have a networking space in the morning, combined with great guest speakers on a broad range of interesting and relevant subjects. Join us again this year as we focus on Workforce Development.
Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt (VP of Community Relations, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky) will share how Duke Energy is supporting workforce development in the region. Rhonda also serves as a board member on the Workforce Council of Southwest Ohio (formerly the SW Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board). The Workforce Council is one of a few local workforce organizations who have formed The Talent Collaborative. Melissa Sommer, Vice Chair of The Talent Collaborative (and a Vice President at the Brighton Center) will join Rhonda to showcase how the region is moving forward with this initiative. The Talent Collaborative helps to strengthen the existing workforce ecosystem by creating more opportunities for collaboration and innovation among workforce partners while emphasizing the benefits of equity and career mobility in our regional economy.
The Collaborative brings together the Workforce Council of Southwest Ohio (formerly the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board), the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, the Workforce Innovation Center of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, The Health Collaborative and Brighton Center to best serve individual employees and job seekers, talent and workforce partner organizations, industry sector partnerships, and employers. This important regional initiative works to create opportunities for people to advance their lives through obtaining, maintaining, and advancing in jobs and careers that enable their individual and family success while also fostering the success of employers with high-quality employment practices to the benefit of their business and the economic growth of the entire region.