EmployIndy’s Vice President, Talent Solutions, Betsy Revell, leads employer engagement strategy, talent network placement functions, and work-based learning initiatives with a lens of accessibility for the residents EmployIndy serves. Betsy has over 15 years of experience in workforce development and business engagement roles, ranging from on-the-ground positions at the local American Job Center, WorkOne, as a Career Consultant, Business Services Analyst, Quality Control, Recruiting and Placement Specialist, and a Recruiting and Placement Supervisor. She began her career at EmployIndy as the Recruiting Manager. She was soon promoted to Director of Business Partnerships due to her drive, innovative ideas, and deep understanding of workforce development. Betsy has launched several significant multi-partner initiatives in her current leadership role, such as Talent Bound, Modern Youth Apprenticeships, and the Rapid Re-employment Response plan. Her quest to emulate best practices worldwide has taken her to Denver, Colorado, to work closely with CareerWise Colorado, a visit to Pathway to Prosperity JFF in Chicago, New York to learn about PTech Schools, and the CEMETS institute in Switzerland.
What was your first job?
In high school, I worked at a family-owned t-shirt shop. We made custom apparel for companies and sports uniforms for various teams in the area. The owner worked countless hours and demonstrated what it meant to commit to your goals. Working in the shop taught me customer service, critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, organization, and work ethic, influencing my career today.
What would you tell your teenage self?
Take risks and confidently go after what you want. Fear of failure will prevent you from meeting your goals. Your path can be different than the paths of your friends and family. It is ok not to have everything figured out.
Is workforce the career you envisioned in college or high school?
I didn't know that workforce development existed or that it was a viable career option when I was younger. Workforce found me by accident, and it has turned out to be a true passion. While in college, I had no idea what the next step would be upon graduation. I started as a student ambassador helping incoming freshmen decide the initial course schedules at my university. This volunteer work later translated into career coaching under an amazing leader who opened the door for professional growth. Career coaching evolved into many other projects, initiatives, and leadership opportunities along the way. While I had no idea this would be my path, I'm continuously grateful to have made workforce my career.