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October 2022 Newsletter


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Do you know anyone going through a career transition? Trying to find their first job? Trying to decide what education to pursue for a career? Aspiring to return to the workforce? Feeling stuck and unsure how to move? If so, we have a new research report coming out next month for you.

The DeBruce Foundation recently conducted a nationally representative longitudinal trend survey to better understand the employment empowerment of Americans.

Employment empowerment involves the ability to enhance one’s appeal in the broader career market; improve one’s working conditions, income, and benefits; reduce the risk of unemployment; and build wealth.

Through this research, we have learned a great deal about employment empowerment, the impact it has on one’s career trajectory, and how we can work together to build it.

Below, you’ll find your invitation to join us for the release of this report; Together, we can expand career pathways.

New Research on Employment Empowerment

Join us on 11/15 at 1pm CT as we release a first-of-its-kind report on employment empowerment.

Amidst a dynamic workforce, our new research explores the role of career literacy and networks in building resilient careers.

The report, Working Smarter: Driving Employment Empowerment with Career Literacy + Networks, provides actionable insights for workforce development professionals, educators, and all who are invested in helping individuals build thriving careers. Reserve your spot now!

Agilities at Missouri Valley College

Our partner, Missouri Valley College, is developing a multi-disciplinary course to help new students find their career purpose and increase their financial literacy.

This course, beginning in fall 2022, utilizes the Agile Work Profiler and Draw Your Future with Agilities; additionally, it integrates the Agilities into career exploration opportunities such as attending career fairs, building LinkedIn profiles, and getting involved in professional organizations. Learn more about this fantastic partner in expanding pathways.

Innovating together to serve communities

We had a blast recently hosting some of our local partners and allies in expanding pathways!

Together, we discussed what the communities we serve are experiencing, we shared learnings from our respective organizations, and we put our heads together about how to continue innovatively and strategically serving our communities. Thank you to all our partners; We’re better together!

Join us at the 2022 Equity Summit

We’re delighted to have been selected to present at the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development Equity Summit!

This two-day virtual learning opportunity aims to address the changing issues presented in higher education with respect to disability, diversity, and intersectionality.

Our team, with Parker Dewey and University of Missouri-Kansas City, will present on connecting diverse talent with opportunities using micro-internships on 10/26 at 1pm CT.
Register now to attend.

iSTEAMKC’s Workforce Development Symposium

Shout out to iSTEAMKC for hosting an energizing and inspiring STEAM Workforce Development Symposium!

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, our ED and COO, took part in a panel with esteemed leaders from William Jewell College, SchoolSmart KC, Prep-KC, and KC Tech Council. Together, they discussed the crucial roles of philanthropic and educational communities in workforce development.

Leveraging Your Agilities

Recently, DeBruce Career Corps Member, Nia, presented to her peers about yet another use for Agilities: managing anxiety while pursuing goals.

When feeling overwhelmed by a task, she recommends breaking a large project into smaller steps, then identifying the skills you already have that will help you.

For example, for her goal of improving her public speaking skills, Nia used these Agilities to plan her next presentation:

  1. Organizing to be prepared and plan out what she wants to communicate
  2. Innovating to share new ideas and her authentic perspectives
  3. Inspecting to improve and hone her speech before presenting

We love learning from the DeBruce Career Corps! Get to know your top skills you can use to take steps toward your goals.

“What legacy do I want to leave behind?”

In this month’s blog, we hear from Justine Dale Gelbolinga, a DeBruce Career Corps member and student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She reflects on her journey—from her career plans made at age 7—to where she is now at age 20, her recent role at United WE’s We Work for Change event, and the future she is creating: “I am part of the change and the movement that’s creating a more sustainable, equitable, unprejudiced, and fair world for our future women and children.” Read more.

Join us for a training

Are you looking for career-building resources for your classroom, curriculum, or organization? Join us for an upcoming training!

11/1 & 11/15 Agilities Tour
11/8 Activating Your Agilities

View all upcoming opportunities.

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