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Weinberg Foundation, Aspen Institute Partner to Create New Workforce Leadership Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (AWSI) and with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The Abell Foundation, today announced the Weinberg Sector Skills Academy (WSSA) — a year-long learning and leadership experience for senior professionals who provide workforce development services and technical training in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

The Weinberg Sector Skills Academy, which also gets underway today, will consist of nine retreats, meetings, and webinars over the next 12 months. The curriculum is designed to engage participants in developing the skills and strategic perspective to better meet the needs of low-income individuals seeking employment in Baltimore.

“The Weinberg Sector Skills Academy will build on the success of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC), equipping workforce providers with an even broader vision of the opportunities and challenges for the Baltimore region,” said Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. “The WSSA can strengthen the workforce development landscape by providing a clearer understanding of best practices in the field and creating a collaborative provider network.”

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, which includes foundation, corporate, and government funders, assisted in the recruitment and nomination process for this year’s first class. The 2015 Weinberg Sector Skills Academy will conclude in April 2016 with a capstone project, which will be presented to the Weinberg Foundation, BWFC, and the broader community. This may provide an opportunity to move projects toward implementation.

To learn more about the Weinberg Sector Skills Academy as well as this year’s participants, visit