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Talking Talent, is a podcast of The Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB) and Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI), about workforce development. Hosted by Linda Woloshansky, President & CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations, the podcast focuses on workforce development as it relates to education, economic development, and industry. Each episode features a special guest while highlighting local and state initiatives, effective collaborations, and best practices associated with developing a skilled workforce.

Subscribe to Talking Talent podcast on iTunes or Google Play. For further information, contact Barb Grimsgard, Communications Manager at CWI at 219-462-2940, ext. 28 or email bgrimsgard@cwicorp.com.

Talking Talent Episode 12: Midwest Urban Strategies- Linking Workforce and Economic Development

In this episode you’ll learn about Midwest Urban Strategies, and their coordinated effort on behalf of 13 Department of Labor urban workforce development boards to marry traditional workforce development practices with economic development.


Talking Talent Episode 11: Manufacturing initiative addresses talent pipeline

This episode highlights an effort, spearheaded by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, that is underway to support training and build a talent pipeline in the manufacturing sector. Hear how key partnerships will help create success and how education, workforce and business professionals can work together to achieve the best results in addressing the skill gaps…


Talking Talent Episode 10: Helping Working Families Find Financial Stability

Lisa Daugherty, Executive Director of the Lake Area United Way, joins the program to discuss the struggles of working families who often cannot afford basic items such as food, transportation, and healthcare. Discover the initiatives that the Lake Area United Way are taking to help lift families out of poverty and provide them with the…



This READY NWI video series offers an opportunity to look inside a company and find out what their mission, daily operations, and scope of service entails. Employers and workers discuss topics including character traits required for employment, expectation for performance, the importance of post-secondary training and/or education, and offers advice on pursuing a career within that particular industry.