Workforce Today

The Podcast that talks locally, but thinks globally!

Workforce Today

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Workforce Alliance President & CEO Bill Villano has never met a workforce or economic issue he wasn’t willing to debate! Now he’s sharing 35 years of insight through conversations with guests and friends in public service and business.

E24: Ari Santiago, founder of IT Direct & CEO of CompassMSP, and host of the Made in America podcast that focuses on the manufacturing industry talks how the pandemic gave a “Turbo Boost” to technology.  

E23: Tariq Farid launches his new CBD Company, Incredible Edibles. A new interview with the founder of Edible Arrangements on his inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit. 

E22: Ten Miles of Opportunity- Inside the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in North Haven, CT, which opened in the summer of 2019 creating close to 3,000 jobs.

E21: Bill talks with economist and professor Harry J. Holzer on preparing for disruption and the “3 L’s”: longer unemployment, lower wages and labor market withdrawal.

E20: Discover the jobs, skills and training opportunities in the medical and recreational marijuana business with Joe LaChance of CannaHealth LLC. 

E19: Cannabis is a $9 billion industry. CT Attorney and NORML Counsel Aaron Romano digs into how the industry has grown and the workforce outlook.

E18: Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation returns to talk about innovation. Includes a bonus interview with Colony Grill owner Ken Martin on personalizing spaces.

E17: Darrell West, author of “The Future of Work: Robots, AI and Automation,” and Brookings Institution scholar on how the way we live, work and related to each other is changing.

E16: Part 2 of a conversation with founder and marketing expert Robert McGuire on how to work with freelancers. Link to the Freelancer Study metioned in this episode here:

E15: Robert McGuire, founder of on why more people choose to work as independent contractors.

E14: David DeLong, workforce strategies speaker and author, on the perfect storm of retirements, recruitment and retention.

E13: Attorney Glenn Formica opens up about his newsworthy cases and how the immigration system impacts workers and employers.

E12: CT Senator Edward Kennedy leads the charge for fair scheduling for hourly workers and their employers.

E11: The Walmart Foundation‘s Julie Gehrki speaks for the U.S.’s largest retail employer on the sector’s health and worker mobility.

E10: Ellen Davis, VP of the National Retail Federation, says news of retail’s demise is greatly exaggerated.

E9: Art Bilger, founder of of Working Nation, gives a take on unemployment in the US.

E8: Reducing prison rates and Second Chances for ex-offenders, with former  Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Undersecretary Mike Lawlor, now a professor at the University of New Haven.

E7: Paul Harrington Part 2: More on jobs, youth and automation.

E6: Part 1 with lively Labor Market Economist Paul Harrington. What really causes economic inequality? Hint: It’s not Walmart’s fault.

E5: Before becoming Microsoft’s new Director of Workforce Policy, Portia Wu recapped her 8 years as U.S. Assistant Labor Secretary.

E4: IT Workforce Training and the need for private investment with Microsoft’s Bill Kamela.

E3: Edible Arrangements Founder Tariq Farid on signature customer service.

E2: Connecticut manufacturing industry leaders Marcia LaFemina of Penn Globe & Paul Hoffman of Orange Research

E1: New Haven’s own 23-term U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro

Bonus Episode: 5 Questions with Senator Chris Murphy, following his walk across Connecticut.

Workforce Alliance News

Workforce Alliance Launches Software Engineering Program with DAE

4-month hands-on immersion program for adults ages 18-28

New Haven, Conn. February 17, 2022 – Workforce Alliance is launching a new software engineering training program for adults ages 18-28 in collaboration with New Haven based tech education center, District Arts & Education (DAE). The four-month, hands-on immersion program equips graduates with skills to build websites and web applications. Workforce Alliance is offering full scholarships to qualified Connecticut residents. The program begins March 7 and meets four days per week. To learn more visit

Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Workforce Alliance Celebrate $2.5 Million CAREER Dislocated Worker Grant

OCTOBER 7, 2021: Representative Rosa DeLauro was joined by local workforce development leaders and job training participants to celebrate the United States Department of Labor’s CAREER Dislocated Worker Grant. The $2.5 million award to Workforce Alliance, Inc. will be shared by the state’s five workforce boards and improve access to employment and training assistance for job seekers including online learning and career exploration opportunities and expanded awareness of workforce services among marginalized communities with all levels of digital literacy and access.

Racial Equity & Accountability Initiative Receives Funding from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven 

JULY 22, 2021

Workforce Alliance Receives $1.4 Million U.S. DOL Grant for Adult Ex-Offender Re-Entry Program

JUNE 30, 2021

Career and Resource Fair Connects Greater New Haven Youth with More Than 30 Employers and Community Organizations 

JUNE 14, 2021

Attention Job Seekers: Skill Up for Manufacturing Pre-Apprentice Program Registration Deadline Extended

JUNE 2, 2021

Workforce Alliance Connects Organizations with Emergency Funding to Hire Displaced Workers & Expand Community Services

APRIL 16, 2021

Workforce Alliance Launches Virtual Hiring Series To Fill Hundreds of Immediate Jobs

OCTOBER 26, 2020

Workforce Alliance Partners with Rep. Sean Scanlon to Highlight Recovery Job Training Initiatives with Special Guest Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Registration Open for Three Skill Up for Manufacturing Sessions, Workforce Alliance Adds Plastics and CNC Training Options

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

14 Graduate from Workforce Alliance Skill Up for Manufacturing Training Program at Middlesex Community College

AUGUST 15, 2019

19 Graduate from Workforce Alliance Skill Up for Manufacturing Training Program

MARCH 15, 2019

$1Million in Workforce Development Grants Awarded to CT Non-Profit Organizations by CHEFA

FEB 27, 2019


FEB 19, 2019