CCN Lunch & Learn Webinar: Developing Creative Solutions to Workforce Challenges

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January 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for the first Lunch & Learn session of 2022 on January 28th from 12 to 1pm! Angela Sullivan, Executive Director at the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, and Emily Parker, Director of Development, will be sharing information about a successful Workforce Transformation Project, “Healthy Workforce Initiative,” sponsored by CCN. The Council addressed their difficulty in staff recruitment for positions in the behavioral health field and the lack of meaningful, attainable paths to education and employment for people in recovery entering or re-entering the workforce by essentially “Growing Their Own Workforce”! Solutions they implemented include:

  • Expanding credential options and lowering the barriers to entry in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field through partnership with Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)
  • Promoting these careers with clients, area high school students, TC3, other regional employers, and throughout the community
  • Leveraging this program and CCN resources to secure additional Department of Labor and Appalachian Regional Commission workforce development funding

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how creative Workforce Transformation efforts in our region are ultimately making a difference in the health and well-being of our community!


Speakers Bios:

Angela Sullivan, MPA/MAIR is the Executive Director of Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which provides information, education, treatment and referral services for area residents and organizations. Angela came to the Council in 2011 with 30 years of nonprofit sector leadership experience. Her strengths include leveraging resources and utilizing effective strategies to meet community needs. Angela earned a Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University. As an independent consultant she has provided leadership development, team building, strategic planning and program evaluation support to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including ProLiteracy Worldwide, Adult and Community Educators of Florida, and The National Coalition for Literacy. Angela recently served as President of the statewide association Councils on Addiction of New York State (CANYS) and is on the board of Ithaca Rotary Club, and serves on the Criminal Justice Alternatives to Incarceration Committee, among other community-based initiatives.

Emily Parker is the Director of Marketing & Development for Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, with 17 years of non-profit marketing, fundraising, and community engagement experience. She has led successful capital and non-capital, federal, state & local fundraising efforts of more than $16 million. Emily’s background also includes development of, and funding acquisition for, workforce opportunity initiatives to support people with physical, developmental, mental health, and substance use disorders. She holds a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.