Linda Woloshansky

President & CEO

Center of Workforce Innovations (Gary/Valparaiso, IN)

Board Treasurer

As a nationally recognized and respected specialist in workforce development, Linda Woloshansky the President and CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) has more than 35 years of expertise crafting strategic visions to achieve education, career readiness, and workforce development objectives.

During her tenure leading CWI, an integrated workforce one stop career center that was developed as early as 2000, she has successfully garnered partnership support which has made the company more valuable to the business and job seeker communities.  In addition to staffing the Northwest Indian Workforce Board, the Chief Elected Officials Board, and the WorkOne system in Northwest Indiana, six years ago CWI became the largest adult education provider in the region and as in now responsible for the delivery of services throughout the entire region.  As a change agent and convener, her experience and expertise has created a consensus among educators, communities, and businesses that generated a grassroots effort for college and career readiness with public schools, universities, and businesses called READY NWI.  Today 90% of the region’s public school students are impacted by this collaboration which is the framework for education and workforce alignment for economic growth.

It is because of Linda’s extensive knowledge and background in workforce development while addressing complex, multifaceted priorities that she was invited to testify in front of the United States Congress.  She has been recognized by the State of Indiana, the Indiana General Assembly, and by the United States Congress for successful business leadership for using her position for the good of the community. She also has been awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor given by the Governor of Indiana.  

With multimillion-dollar achievements across industries and channels behind her, Linda was honored to administer a DOL/DOE national School to Work program and was a national School to Work consultant.  Linda also delivered a $15 million successful Lilly Endowment grant to improve educational attainment in NWI, has been published in numerous magazine and journals and given more than 100 presentations on workforce and education issues across the country.    

Mrs. Woloshansky has a Bachelors degree from Indiana University and credits toward her Masters from Indiana, Purdue, and Valparaiso Universities.  She is a certified DeBono Six Hats Trainer, certified as a master consultant from Ball State University, and received a certificate from Harvard University in negotiations. She is married and is the proud mother of two daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Additional Acknowledgements:

Known for her work ethic, hands on approach, and her contemporary thought processes Linda is a member of the NWI Society of Innovators, was inducted into the TIMES Media Business and Industry Hall of Fame, and received the NIPSCO Luminary Award.  She was also recognized as a Community Leader of the Year from the Influential Women of Northwest Indiana organization.and received an honorary associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College.

Professional and Community Service:

She has served on many of the most vital boards with leadership responsibilities at all levels.  These include: Midwest Urband Strategies, Great Lakes Employment and Training Association, Indiana Workforce Board Alliance, the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, , Valparaiso Rotary Club, the TIMES Media Editorial Advisory Board and on the editorial ad .  Regionally on the Northwest Indiana Forum,  READY NWI and past tenure with Centier Bank,  Porter County Community Foundation, Purdue Technology Center, Valparaiso Rotary Club. TIMES Media Editorial Advisory Board and the editorial advisory board of the Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.

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