Powered by PWDA, [email protected] inspires leaders to connect through a series of conversations, to collaborate, to strategize, to build capacity, and to identify innovative solutions that lifts up Pennsylvania workers, employers, and communities.  

Our services are tailored to meet the professional development and capacity building for workforce development organizations, individual professionals, and to link PWDA members with the knowledge, skills, resources, and partners you need to successfully serve customers. PWDA provides multiple pathways to do this, including: 

 

Learning Labs

Learning labs are tailored to serve the technical and best practice needs of workforce development professionals and program operators across Pennsylvania.   

Coming Fall 2022 - Human Services Employment & Training Lab

Access Past Events:
* May 2022 - Fiscal and QA Lab 
* March 2022 - Youth Summit 
* November 2021 - TANF/WIOA Learning Lab


 
PA Boot Camp: Coaching Series on Empowering Self-Care in Workforce Development with Darrell "Coach D" Andrews
This VIRTUAL coaching boot camp is designed to provide workforce development professionals in PA with tools for self-care and to motivate them to make it a daily priority in their lives. The stress and trauma that come with the profession today can take their toll physically and mentally, so self-care is the primary tool to assure balance, motivation, and daily energy to do the job of a workforce development professional—as a leader or in the front line working with clients.


This coaching boot camp is designed to provide workforce development professionals in PA with tools for self-care and to motivate them to make it a daily priority in their lives. The stress and trauma that come with the profession today can take their toll physically and mentally, so self-care is the primary tool to assure balance, motivation, and daily energy to do the job of a workforce development professional—as a leader or in the front line working with clients.

During these motivational—yet informative—coaching sessions, we will discuss:
1.    The Psychology Of Self-Care - We are going to analyze how mindsets, due to daily pressures, can move us away from taking care of ourselves.  We are also going to share insights on how to develop a new mindset that makes it a top priority in our lives.
2.    The Categories Of Self-Care - During our time together, we are going to look at various aspects of self-care, such as diet, exercise, identifying personal spaces, relaxation, life balance, and other key areas.
3.    How To? How do we as Workforce Development professionals put into motion self-care systems that we can become accountable to? How do we create new habits? 
4.    Overcoming Roadblocks Via Planning - A plan is one of the major keys to maintaining self-care for the long haul. Many people in the industry are tired, fatigued, and drained.  This session will help you put together a self-care program that will benefit your clients, the organization team—and your family.
 
After our 3-session boot camp, you are going to be on your way to a new paradigm that will help you in your career—and life!

Self-Care:
  • Decreases Stress
  • Empowers
  • Motivates
  • Increased A Sense of Self-Control
  • Improves Workplace Performance


This is a first of its type event and is designed for workforce development professionals, OVR, DHS, and other organizations throughout PA. We look forward to seeing you there! 

VIRTUAL SESSION DATES:

June 21, 2022  |  1:00pm - 2:30pm
July 25, 2022  |  1:00pm - 2:30pm 
August 15, 2022  |  1:00pm - 2:30pm  

 

Sign up and register here! 


 

 2021 Learning Series
Quarterly series of webinars on the intersection of workforce development with the social determinants of health, including hunger, childcare, health care, transportation, mental health, the pandemic, and more. Putting context to workforce development and parallel systems or issues, the learning series will feature a panel of experts, discussing current trends, policy priorities, and innovative practices that attendees can incorporate into their local strategy and network.  Attendees will be able to engage in questions and answers with the panelists.

Access Past Learning Series: 
* December 2022 - Workforce Development and Housing |  Rewatch it Now! 
* Find more on our 2021 Series:  Reentry, and Food Security here. 

Member Forums

Intended to bring together workforce development and partner staff from across the Commonwealth, sharing similar roles and responsibilities, for open dialogue and peer networking. 

Starting in March 2022
Local Workforce Development Board Executives - 3rd Thursday of Every Other Month 
Look-out for Announcements on New Member Forums Coming Soon! 
 Refer to the Calendar of Events to Sign up!

 

Annual Conference
Acclaimed for its informative and engaging speakers across more than 60 workshops and keynotes, this yearly event supports staff at all levels from front-line to executive decision-makers, as well as planners, policy-makers, and administrators. The multi-day Conference offers opportunities to promote and learn promising practices, understand current and anticipated trends, hear about new service designs and tools, network with other professionals and more! 

Check out all of the Annual Conference Award videos now! 

Save the date for May 2-5, 2023!

 

 

The Symposium
Supporting discussions around Policy, Peers, and Practice, the Symposium brings professionals from across workforce development, education, training to discuss, network, and learn about topics impacting Workforce Development and offers attendees the ability to influence their strategies, program designs, and capacity building needs. 

Find all information here!

 

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