Talking Talent

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.

For further information, contact Barb Grimsgard, Communications Manager at CWI at 219-462-2940, ext. 28 or email


Name Description Released Preview
E10: 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 support that they need to thrive.

E09: Building a Pipeline of Manufacturing Talent in La Porte County, Indiana

In this episode, you’ll hear about the La Porte County SkillUp Network initiative, which provides collaboration around workforce challenges in the manufacturing sector to grow the current workforce and support skill attainment for job candidates with a gap in skills. Discover takeaways from the initiative and potential lessons for other industries and counties throughout the region.

E08: Career and Technical Education

In this episode, you’ll learn about two career and technical education initiatives that are underway in Indiana. Discover how students can “earn while they learn” and how young people can get a technical certification while getting their diploma, as well as the role of work-based learning.

E07: Indiana INTERNnet- A Win-Win For Students and Employers

Discover the work that Indiana INTERNnet is doing to connect students to employers, and the benefits of internships for both interns and employers. Discover the innovative efforts that are underway to help attract and retain top talent in Indiana.

E06: The importance of providing youth with a work experience and how it can transform their work ethic

Keith Kirkpatrick from the KPM Group and who serves as the chair of the Youth Employment Council of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, discusses how the Council is working to ensure employers in the region understand the importance of hiring youth and providing them with a work experience, whether it’s full time, part-time, seasonal, or project-based.  He and host Linda Woloshansky also talk about employer expectations and how their region implemented a Work Ethic Certificate strategy that is now being used in high schools in Northwest Indiana.

E05: Regional Economic Development Planning

In this episode, you’ll hear how a Northwest Indiana’s regional economic development group engaged stakeholders to ensure implementation of a regional plan. You’ll discover best practices, the challenges and opportunities that arose, and how it was important to incorporate talent and workforce development into the plan.

E04: College and Career Readiness

Learn about the efforts underway for college and career readiness in Indiana and how one initiative, READY Northwest Indiana (READY NWI), is moving the needle to make things happen in their neck of the woods when it comes K-12 and post-secondary education. Your guests are Dr. Carmen Panlilio, the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Purdue University Northwest, and Dr. Peggy Buffington, School City of Hobart Superintendent.

E03: Skilling Up Hoosiers for Success

Blair Milo, Secretary of Career Connections & Talent for Indiana discusses what the state is doing to ensure Hoosiers are ready to move in to high-demand, high-wage careers.

E02: Work Ethic Certificate is ramping up high school students for work success

George Douglas, Sr. Vice President at Indiana Beverage and Tamara Stump, Sr. Workforce Associate with Center of Workforce Innovations discuss how NW Indiana high school students are entering the workforce with a certificate supporting their readiness to work.

E01: Trades are well and alive in Northwest Indiana

Kevin Comerford, Director of Professional Development at Construction Advancement Foundation, shares how the region is being proactive to address the labor shortage in the trades and how the Construction & Skilled Trades Day served as an avenue for students and parents to learn more about these solid careers.