Speech: Life is a Race

Prologue In May 2018, I was walking in the conference room section of the Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC), at Thomas Nelson Community College.  I was waved down by Dr. Val Livingston, who was the program director for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

Speech: The Departure… For Those Who Deploy

1+ Prologue I had the opportunity to read the poem “The Departure…For Those Who Deploy” at a Women’s Veterans Conference, sponsored by the Virginia Employment Commission, in Hampton Virginia on Nov. 8, 2018. It was the first time it had been read publicly.  I...

Layoff Aversion: Get Your Mind Right

During the economic downturn of 2008, many of us have heard terms like outsourcing accentuated and expounded upon to explain why American jobs have gone overseas to foreign competition. This is my personal story as a workforce development professional in support of a...

Culminating Points of Engagement and Success

The Present If you were to look up the word culminate, you would find that it means…to reach a point of highest development. This is exactly what happened on June 25, 2017, at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, in Hampton, Virginia, at a summit event held and...