Goodwill’s Ready To Work Luncheon
Thank you to all the businesses, community members, donors and individuals who attended the RTW 2017 luncheon!
About 450 Tacoma business and community leaders met Goodwill’s new President and CEO at the organization’s annual Ready to Work luncheon on May 2nd. Advances in mission were heard by attendees who provided $250,000 for regional job training scholarships. In her first public appearance for Goodwill, Lori Forte Harnick pledged to enhance Goodwill’s contributions to the community by listening to employers, business and funding partners and the unemployed.
“As we look at partnerships, we are certainly better together,” said Harnick. “This will be more important as we seek to understand the changing dynamics of the modern workplace…the changing skills and requirements that are being sought by employers of all sizes and all industry sectors…and (also) as we seek to understand the changing needs of the people we serve and work hard to meet them where they are – no matter where they are – on their life journey.”
Dan Fey, Goodwill Senior V.P of Workforce Development also presented at the luncheon, noting that a first job is a great first step, but it’s often not enough. “Key to our success will be a pathways approach – a holistic approach with partners, support services, and industry that gives individuals a better chance of supporting themselves and their families over the long run.”
The luncheon also recognized the 1,500 Goodwill employees, who work to deliver the mission in partnership with many of the luncheon attendees. Harnick also acknowledged the work ahead to address the volatility of the retail industry and the uncertainty of government funding of social services.
The luncheon featured a keynote speech from Kathy LeMay, a social change agent, expert on social justice, and founder, president and CEO of the philanthropic organization Raising Change, Inc.
Harnick also recognized the 15 years of success in the community led by Goodwill’s former President and CEO. “As I take on this role, I am extremely grateful and appreciative of all the work led by my predecessor, Terry Hayes, who did so much – with all of you – to build this organization and its services to our community.”
READY TO WORK 2017 VIDEOS
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