Media Hub / October 18, 2021
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) has recognized four Equus leaders as Workforce Heroes. The recognition was part of Workforce Development Month in September and celebrates leaders making a difference in their communities and advancing the workforce industry.
Meet the Winners
Kim Carpenter – Project Director (Centralina, NC)
Kim has dedicated more than 10 years of her career as a workforce professional. When COVID threatened the regional team’s annual Day of Giving, Kim decided instead to do sessions over several months to make information available to job seekers, partners and employers on the impact of the pandemic on domestic violence. These sessions addressed how to identify potential victims of domestic violence and community resources available to assist families in unsafe living situations.
Erin Meade – Supervisor (Bluegrass/Lexington, KY)
Erin began her workforce career as a Talent Development Specialist. As a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supervisor, her impact is widespread as she built an entirely new program element for the Bluegrass, KY, region and touched a significantly challenged population of individuals coming out of recovery. The program has grown substantially since 2018 and has been the strongest, continued local initiative. Erin leads with integrity and is loyal to job seekers, her communities and the Bluegrass Region as a whole.
Wayne Williams – Sr. Director of Employer Engagement & One-Stop Operator (Eastern Indiana)
Wayne embodies everything a workforce leader needs, he is motivated, innovative, and knows his craft! He models the drive needed to really make a difference in this world! He is always ready to try something new like making TikTok videos for creative service promotion or starting virtual services to seamlessly lead us through a pandemic! Wayne is willing to help anyone in need and serves his community well. He is truly a unique individual who thinks outside the box to make the unfamiliar navigation of workforce a fun and inviting place for all.
Mark Yrigoyen – Project Director, WeCARE (New York, NY)
Mark leads a team that supports cash assistance recipients in New York City to address the social determinants of health. He is a workforce hero because his leadership has allowed his team to successfully adapt to the challenges brought on by COVID. His team has conducted 1,600+ virtual clinical interviews to identify and remediate client barriers. Despite the impact the pandemic had on employment opportunities in NYC, Mark’s team has helped 125 people secure employment in 2021.