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UpSkill - Building Talented Teams. A program of WorkLife Partnership

Who Should Join
HR Managers, Talent & Training Development Professionals, Managers, and YOU!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10-11 AM MT
The Unexpected Cost of Disengaged Workers:
How Companies Can Use Soft Skills Coaching to Increase Employee Engagement

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Presented by Amy Downing, WorkLife Partnership Upskill Coach

Amy Downing comes to WorkLife Partnership with over 15 years of experience in community college education, which includes teaching and academic advising experience working directly with low-income, first generation students. She also worked for over seven years at a non-profit helping low-income, single parents enter the workforce.

She graduated in 2000 with a BA in psychology. After four years of college as a single parent, she uniquely understands the struggles of juggling children, work, and school. After earning her Master’s Degree in education in 2010, she taught developmental English at the Community College of Denver where she saw many students struggling with basic literacy skills. This experience showed Amy how basic skills deficits can greatly impact success and ability secure better employment. Amy excels in positive, proactive problem solving and believes in the transformative power of education and training to tackle the income inequity struggle.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at 10-11 AM MT
Focus on What You’ve Got, Not What You Think You’re Missing:
Looking Internally to Resolve Your Hiring Needs

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Presented by Kate Ridings, WorkLife Partnership Upskill Director

Kate comes to Worklife Partnership with a background in workforce development and community education with experience leading and managing initiatives focused on community member’s economic success and educational attainment.

After earning her Master’s in Education, she decided to join the AmeriCorps team in Denver to work within lower socioeconomic neighborhoods to gain a stronger understanding of the educational and resource access available to the community. This work in community engagement fueled her interest in continuing her work in non-profit education and strategic partnerships. In addition, she has consistently worked within community education and workforce development, and was instrumental in the development of the nationally recognized workforce initiative, the WIN Program.

She is an advocate for connecting community members with the skills, resources and opportunities needed to advance to self-sufficiency and economic happiness. She brings her enthusiasm and experience in workforce initiatives and adult education and training to Worklife Partnership.

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 10-11 AM MT
The 2Generational Approach:
Lessons & Recommendations from Employer Supported Family Educational Programming

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Presented by Rebecca Kisner, ReSchool Colorado Advocate Network Lead

Rebecca is the Advocate Network Lead for ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative of the Donnell-Kay Foundation to create a new education system. In this capacity, she supports Advocates in building the agency of families and kids to navigate their learning and lives.

Prior to joining the ReSchool team in 2015, Rebecca served as the founding Director of Community Engagement at Rocky Mountain Prep, a Denver charter school network. In this role, she connected with over 500 families and helped empower them with the knowledge and tools to be lifelong advocates for their children’s education and success.

Rebecca currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont with a degree in social work and Spanish. She approaches her work through the lens of social justice, with a focus on parent empowerment, increasing choice and access to drive for equity, and grassroots communication and advocacy.