Systems Change Award

National Fund for Workforce Solutions 5th Annual Meeting Baltimore, Maryland June 19, 2015 

Remarks by Regina Barboza – Program Director – CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative at Newark Alliance

We would like to thank the Investor Committee of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for this Award.  Systems, like people, are ever evolving – rest assured, it is the people such as our initial funders who drive change. CareerWorks started with a vision in 2010 of creating a regional funders collaborative in Greater Newark to serve low-skilled adults and the growth industries that weren’t necessarily looking at this population as a talent pool.  The Prudential FoundationJPMorgan Chase, the Kessler FoundationUnited WayNew Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and many other local funders and the National Fund supported this vision until it took hold.  Now, we look to the next three years of continuing this work and being a strategic partner with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as it begins to replicate CareerWorks-like Industry Partnerships throughout the state.  Thank you to – Prudential, in particular, which provided catalytic funding – and all of our funders; you literally are our strategic partners.  Thank you to education providers, such as Jewish Vocational Services of Metrowest New Jersey, New Community Corporation, William Paterson University, Essex County College, 1199J and MONOC Mobile Health Services; and employers such as Barnabas HealthJersey City MedicalFord Motor Company and Sansone Auto Mall, and others, who are creating internal systems change to better respond to their business needs and the communities they serve.  And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the NFWS network – all of our sister collaboratives that have informed our work over the years!”  

by Regina Barboza – Program Director – CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative at Newark Alliance  

Systems Change Award
Left-to-right: Aaron Fichtner, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Kim Ostrowski, Senior Program Director-Corporate Giving/Prudential Foundation; Kathy Weaver, Newark Alliance VP of Programs; Regina Barboza, Program Director, CareerWorks; Angel Bermudez, Principal and Founder of Strategic Philanthropic Innovations and CareerWorks Technical Advisor; Mary Cataudella, ‎Vice President, Human Resources at Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health, and Lourdes Valdes, Mgr. of Employment/Training and Development, JCMC – BH