On September 26, 2018, United Way of Southwest Virginia will again host Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce: The Leaders Breakfast, the invitation-only event for business CEOs, legislators, city managers, county administrators, workforce investment boards, school superintendents, and other cross-sector leadership from throughout the region. Travis Staton (President and CEO, United Way of Southwest Virginia) and guest speakers will provide up-to-date information and research on current workforce issues of the region, report on the cradle-to-career vision and success of the Ignite Program, and engage partners with the new components: internships, credential alignment, and project-based learning.
History: We held the first Leaders Breakfast on September 27, 2017. United Way of Southwest Virginia brought together CEOs, legislators, administrators, workforce investment boards, superintendents, and other cross-sector leadership from throughout the region. Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce: The Leaders Breakfast was hosted by Steve Smith (President/CEO, Food City), Alan Levine (President/CEO, Mountain States Health Alliance), and Travis Staton (President and CEO, United Way of Southwest Virginia). Guest Speaker Stephen Moret, President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), joined the three event hosts as they explored the current workforce issues faced by the region, explained the power of a cradle-to-career approach, and engaged event participants to form collaborative and actionable partnerships across the community to strengthen tomorrow’s workforce.