Expanding Economic Opportunity & Eliminating Workforce Barriers, facilitated by Jennifer Munt & Raul Sanchez
October 13, 2020 6-7:30 PM on Zoom
Minnesota is facing two workforce problems that are entwined. We suffer from some of the worst racial disparities in the nation when it comes to wealth, health, and education. Meanwhile, it’s hard to fill jobs with skilled workers. We can grow our economy and build shared prosperity by connecting employers with individuals who are unemployed and underemployed. It’s about recruiting, training, and promoting people who are underrepresented in today’s workforce – women, people of color, immigrants, transgender individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities. The path is a workplace that values diversity and inclusion. Career counselors can be part of the solution. Workshop participants will learn to help clients overcome employment barriers and choose good jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits. Presenters will share case studies from the Metropolitan Council and the labor movement. Expect robust discussion and time for questions and answers.
About Our Speakers
Jennifer Munt is executive director for the Teamsters Service Bureau and Minnesota Job Partners. She is a mission-driven leader advancing economic opportunity for all through employment, career, and family services. She served the Dayton Administration as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Council, where the regional planning agency focused on racial equity and created a culture that values diversity and inclusion. She is a board member with Jobs Now, a coalition that advocates for good jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits. With 20 years of experience, she has demonstrated success in the labor movement, non-profit, and public sectors. She was a student of Paul Wellstone at Carleton College.
Raul Sanchez is the Dislocated Worker Program Manager for the Teamsters Service Bureau and Minnesota Job Partners. With 17 years of Dislocated Worker Program experience, he empowers unemployed and underemployed individuals to overcome barriers to get jobs, keep jobs, and earn higher wages. He helps job seekers get the training and education they need to transition to new careers. Raul has experience working as a family service advocate, providing financial support, and face-to-face counseling to people facing life’s challenges. He obtained his Global Career Development Facilitator certification in 2011 and speaks Spanish and English. Born in Argentina, he moved to Minnesota in 2001. His lived experience helps him connect with immigrants exploited by the underground economy. His background includes experience in radio broadcasting, as well as logistics and distribution.
This event is FREE to all - a Zoom link will be provided to you upon registration.