Former RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck will kickoff the 2018 getAwareLive conference with a keynote that envisions better partnerships between vocational rehabilitation agencies and employers, better job opportunities for people with disabilities.
LaBreck helped implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) after it was signed into law in 2014. The landmark legislation was “designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.”
“Bringing business and vocational rehabilitation closer together was a key intent of the WIOA,” LaBreck said. “In the past few years we’ve had some successes, but we collectively need to do a much better job of developing innovative partnerships that will better serve the 60 million Americans with disabilities.”
Better Business Relations for Better Job Opportunities
Janet’s keynote will focus on practical steps state agencies can take to actively develop business relationships, to integrate job feeds into their case management systems, to make better use of local labor market data, and to develop analytics that show return on investment. She currently works as a business consultant and is co-founder of Synergy Consulting Partners.
“Janet brings unique perspectives and innovative approaches that have demonstrated successful partnerships between vocational rehabilitation and businesses,” said Alliance Enterprises CEO Chris M. Pieper added. “Ultimately, if we can help facilitate better business relationships between our state agency customers and employers in their area it will lead to better opportunities.”
For more about Janet’s keynote, read the press release.