This post is adapted from a sermon preached at the Unitarian Universalist Church on April 28th, 2013 by me (the Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson-Doyle). The thoughts are my own, and not necessarily Next Rockford’s or the UU Church’s.
I have spent a fair bit of time working on understanding on what sometimes seems like an intractable problem: racism. In particular, I have focused on racism in education: how does education work against racism, and how does education feed racism. How would we design an education system, here, in Rockford, Illinois, that would combat racism?
I’m excited. On May 22, 2012, the Rockford Board of Education approved the concept of small learning communities for all district high schools. The impact of the Board’s decision is every student attending a Rockford public high school will be enrolled in a College and Career Academy by fall of 2014. What’s amazing and a leading cause for excitement is this transformation is well under way less than a year after its formal approval. Our public school district and our community moves that fast? Who knew?
What are the challenges and opportunities that our community has in attracting top talent to the area? Don Schreiner (Rockford Orthopedic Associates), Kristin Williams (Woodward), and I (workplace: Professional and Executive Search) tackled this subject at our most recent Next Rockford membership meeting. Below is a summary of our thoughts.
The Global Jobs War
1. The whole world yearns for good jobs. Jim Clifton, Chairman of the Gallup Organization, paints a picture of the importance of having good jobs in his book The Coming Jobs War:
YWCA (across from Rockford College)
Be There. Bring a Guest.
Topic: Recruiting Talent to the Rockford Region
Michael King, Workplace Staffing
Don Schreiner, Rockford Orthopedic Associates
Kristin Williams, Woodward
Purpose: To inform Next Rockford membership about the challenges of recruiting talent to the Rockford area, as well as the opportunities that our community has in attracting our workforce.
Social media will include the hashtag #NextWorkforce during and related to the discussion.
Special thanks to Mary Cacioppi for putting together this program.
An Open Letter to Representatives Chuck Jefferson and John Cabello:
In the next few weeks, you will be asked by State Representative Greg Harris if you will support his bill, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. As you know, the bill has already passed the state Senate and the House Executive Committee. The Governor has promised to sign it. Only one step remains – passage by the full house. We know the vote will be close – and your votes will matter.