Workforce Innovators

Celebrating the Future of Workforce Development

Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) has created the first-of-its-kind cohort. Eighteen professionals were nominated for their roles as emerging leaders in workforce development, specifically related to their efforts around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be the inaugural participants. By recognizing the tremendous individual work of each leader, Workforce Innovators offers a platform for mentorship, collaborative brainstorming, and idea-sharing to leverage best practices and incubate new philosophies.

The Mission

Workforce Innovators goes beyond recognizing the professionals and shining a spotlight on the work they are doing. This space will allow participants to learn what works at the local level and develop ways to scale that success regionally.

Day in and day out, workforce development organizations connect job seekers with employers and make sure they have the necessary skills, training, support, and access to be successful. The Workforce Innovators cohort will offer the same thing, focusing on the next generation of workforce development executives.

Program Launch & Rollout


Public Launch


Investigating Innovation Volume I


Investigating Innovation Volume II


Workforce Development Month


Investigating Innovation Volume III


Innovators Recognition Dinner at MUS Convening

Program Highlights


Nominees demonstrate a commitment to the tenets of equity and inclusion for all disenfranchised or underrepresented populations in our local systems.

Digitally Connected

The year-long cohort will feature an online platform to bring the participants together to share ideas and network.

Ongoing Programming

Ongoing programming will provide opportunities to interact directly with executives from some of the nation's most respected workforce development boards.

Executive Mentorship

Participants will tap into decades of experience and ideas from workforce leaders around the country.

Represented ORganizations

Partner4Work LogoStark Tuscarawas Workforce Development BoardMinneapolis City of LakesOhio Means Jobs LogoWorkforce Development Board of Central OhioCWIChicago Cook Workforce PartnershipEmployIndy LogoDetroit Employment Solutions CorporationEmploy Milwaukee LogoFull Employment Council Logo