Our special guest for Episode 25 of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast is Jim Suber, Regional Director at Geodis. Geodis is a third party logistics company located in the Plainfield area. Adam and Kofi learn how Geodis is engaging with their employees and building their team. 60% of Jim’s hourly workforce are immigrants and more than 10 languages are spoken in their facilities. Jim’s mission is to ensure he speaks everyone’s language to create an inclusive environment and messages are understood by all.
On episode 24 of the Skill Up Build Up Podcast, we feature Aslyne Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of EmpowerBus. Aslyne discusses with Adam and Kofi how they are providing upward mobility for everyone using their transportation services. EmpowerBus is addressing the transportation barriers that residents in Ohio are facing and helping people, providing them with opportunities in employment, education and healthcare.
Episode 23 of the Skill Up Build Podcast features Bridget Boyle, Vice President of Human Resources at Roche Diagnostics. How does Roche stay on top of securing talent in the current tight labor market? With over 5,000 employees across the country and 3,000 in their Indianapolis campus, Boyle explains how Roche is leveraging technology and relationships with universities to continuously attract passive candidates. Adam and Kofi gain insight on Roche’s competitive internship program and the steps students can take to earn one of the 80 spots available every summer.
On Episode 22 of the Skill Up Build Up podcast, Adam and Kofi sit down with the Commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development, Fred Payne. Under the Next Level Agenda, DWD is focusing their resources to provide training for individuals who want to gain new skills and go after high-demand jobs that provide better wages. One of the many functions of DWD is managing the trust fund for unemployment, providing job training and retraining, and lastly, creating connections between employers, educators, and the community.
On episode 21, Kofi and Adam have a conversation with Marina Waters, President of Luna Language Services. The goal of Luna is to provide equal access to language through consultations, translating documents, and supporting the diversification of the community. With Indianapolis being the 8th largest growing immigrant population, it has become vital to make businesses knowledgeable on the impact of a diverse workforce. Luna Language Services will stop at nothing to serve nonnative speakers in our community
Kofi and Adam chat with partner and president of California Closets, Marcus Hall, about his company’s “why” and reasons it’s important to pour into your current workforce. Sometimes the perfect candidates for your open positions are already on your team. See how setting your employees up for wins can impact your business.
Episode 19: Danny Lopez-Promising Practices
Season two of the #skillupbuildup podcast kicks off with Danny Lopez, Chairman of Governor Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet. Adam, Kofi, and Danny discuss the need to change how we think about workforce development and post-secondary readiness. Every year, 25,000 students graduate high school with no secondary education plans and Indiana is committed to combat this issue by teaching the various career paths available to our students.