March 30, 2017
Updates from the Chicago Jobs Council
Championing Skills
This year, CJC Executive Director Carrie Thomas received the National Skills Coalition Skills Champion award for 15 years of strategic advocacy for skills policy. Carrie works with all of us at CJC to lift up the insights and needs of the communities we work with. She does this tirelessly. But she is also able to do it because of strong relationships and constant engagement with partners like you: providers, advocates, and experts at every level with experience that leads to solutions. 
Driving Success
This Spring, we are excited to launch our third Success Drivers Learning Cohort through our Frontline Focus Training Institute. Over the next few months, chosen participants will immerse themselves in proven strategies refined by nationally-recognized, high-performing workforce organizations. We can't wait to see the ways that this group learns, shares, and strengthens their organizations with these best practices. Congratulations to the 2017 cohort, including: Austin Coming Together, Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Erie Neighborhood House, Heartland Alliance, Housing Forward, JVS Chicago, Marcfirst, National Able Network, New Moms, and Youth Job Center.
Recruiting Leaders

We are thrilled to welcome three new board members to CJC in 2017:
  • Erick Allen, Disability Inclusion & Training Consultant at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Rebecca Estrada, Senior Director of Programs and Quality Assurance at Erie Neighborhood House
  • Laura Zumdahl, President and CEO at New Moms

For a full list of CJC's current board, click here. These new members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help CJC continue to move people out of poverty through employment using on-the-ground expertise, advocacy, and capacity-building. Welcome Erick, Rebecca, and Laura!
Did You Save This Date?

CJC's 36th Annual Celebration will be on June 9, 2017 from 8:30-11:00am at the Hotel Palomar. We look forward to seeing you there!
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About CJC

CJC moves people out of poverty through employment using on-the-ground expertise, advocacy, and capacity building. Since its establishment in 1981, CJC's membership has grown to include over 100 organizations and individuals who work together to influence the development and reform of public policies and programs designed to move people into the workforce.   

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