Welcome to Hire Frequency, the official podcast of The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. The Partnership operates the largest publicly funded workforce system in the country, serving the great City of Chicago and the nation’s 3rd largest county--Cook County. Whether you’re a job seeker or an employer, we hope this podcast offers you meaningful perspectives as we discuss national and local employment trends, dos and don’ts, hot jobs, and how to either develop or access talent. Your host is Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.
Episode 11: Beyond the Data: Real Stories of the Great Resignation
The conversation continues in part two of Beyond the Data: Real Stories of the Great Resignation, where host and Partnership CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves dives into the motivations behind employees stepping away from the workforce, and the ripple effects those decisions have throughout our lives.
Episode 10: Beyond the Data: Real Stories of the Great Resignation
Millions of Americans are stepping away from their jobs in a movement many have dubbed, "The Great Resignation." Joining host and Partnership CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves are some who have reset or reimagined their work-lives: an entrepreneur and consultant; a Chief Strategy Officer at Near North Health; and an aspiring Voice Over Artist. The conversation is balanced out by an employer facing a workforce shortage and an expert who helps us better understand the "secret sauce" behind the motivation for these changes.
Episode 9: No Grit, No Grease, No Grime—Manufacturing in the Modern Era- Part Two
Join host Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, in part two of this episode as we continue the conversation about the manufacturing industry. Special guests mHub CEO and Co-Founder Haven Allen; Just Ice CEO and General Manager of Fat Ice Conrad Burnett; Technology and Manufacturing Association President Patrick Osborn; and Symbol Training Institute Founder and Executive Director Diana Peters discuss manufacturing “offshoring,” supply chain challenges, apprenticeships, equity in the manufacturing industry and more.
Episode 8: No Grit, No Grease, No Grime—Manufacturing in the Modern Era- Part One
Join host Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, for part one of a two-part conversation about all things manufacturing as we celebrate Manufacturing Month. Joining her are experts in the field, each with their own unique journey in the industry: a community organizer and former Peace Corp member who is now the CEO of a manufacturing innovation center; a CEO who was formerly involved with the criminal justice system and experienced homelessness who finds daily peace of mind in his high-tech manufacturing work; a daughter of immigrants who left a job at a prestigious law firm to follow in her father’s footsteps when the business needed to create a much-needed talent pipeline; and the new president of a manufacturing association who stumbled into the trade after leaving his home of Dublin, Ireland to join an apprenticeship program in the U.S. There is talk of earning 6-figure wages in work that some still associate with “grit and grime,” and exploration of a career ladder that offers equity in the workplace doesn’t necessarily require a 4-year degree.
E07: Show up. Do Hard Things. Don’t Give Up.—A Conversation with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
The calendar may no longer say it’s September and Workforce Development Month, but this conversation is engaging at any time. Tune in as Partnership CEO and host Karin M. Norington-Reaves covers a wide range of topics with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The discussion includes the President’s perspectives on serious topics such as “politics as a team sport,” and digital and racial equity and some surprises, like President Preckwinkle’s earliest career aspirations (we bet you can’t guess) and how she unwinds during these challenging times. Listen in as these two remarkable women share a funny, candid and important conversation about workforce development and much more in Cook County.
E06: DISCOVERing- Part Two
In this 2-part episode you’ll hear about how Discover Financial Services is opening a new customer care center in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood and bringing nearly 1,000 full-time jobs to the area. Host Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, is joined by a panel of representatives from Discover Financial Services as they discuss Discover’s approach to and definition of community investment, why they chose Chatham as the site for the customer care center, as well as Discover’s equity and inclusion goals.