Vickie Miller is a fierce advocate for restorative re-entry practices and has dedicated her career of over thirty years to ensuring returning citizens have equitable access to education and workforce development. Miller is the owner of VMConsulting and the director of the TAPP. Drawing on her vast array of experience in correctional education and labor relations, Miller has taken a unique approach to second chance workforce development that has drawn her recognition and accolades across Ohio and the Midwest. The TAPP program has placed hundreds of returning citizens in manufacturing careers that are custom-tailored to their strengths and untapped talents. Because of her vision and relentless dedication to seeing the possibility in her clients, employees placed through the TAPP program see vastly higher retention rates and job advancement opportunities. Through case management, individual coaching, and skills-based coursework, Miller has created a supportive re-entry service that doesn't just create jobs but lasting careers.
What would you tell your teenage self?
As a teenager, life goes by so quickly. I would encourage myself to step out of my shell. I spent too much time hiding in a shell as a teenager. I missed many exciting and interesting things in my life as a teenager, Such as traveling! Travel and see the world. Look at all the natural beauty and the different types of people. Do not be afraid to talk with new people! Learn about their heritage and how to communicate effectively. I stayed too many times in my shell for fear of the unknown. I would try to make new friends! The same friends are great but think outside your circle! Try new things. I would also tell myself not to be afraid of success! Success can give you the feeling of great pride. I was not encouraged to expand and succeed! I would tell my teenage self, go to college earlier. Do not wait until you have a family and already working a job! That was a killer! Reach outside yourself as a teenager and explore! See what life and bring to your table. I would tell myself, after high school, everything you did in school will be different. The quarterback of the football team is a person! The transition from being someone in school does not matter. When you look back on your life, you will see the difference. The folks who made an impact on your life then will still be there. However, the other folks have changed. What was important in school does not matter in the real world. The real world is paying bills, changing diapers, and taking care of a family. You will learn what it is to work for yourself and nurture the family you have created. As a teenager, look before you leap and leap in the right direction. Be the person you want to be, not someone else's idea of who you should be!