• Nia Baucke

What makes an empowering conversation?

The economy is changing incredibly quickly, and we're hopeful for a boom in employment and jobs over the next few years. It is critical that Cincinnati prepares to take full advantage of this economic moment by solidifying an ecosystem that provides pathways to careers for all job seekers, especially people without four-year degrees. This spring we launched a new project with OhioMeans Jobs at Hamilton County Jobs and Family services to convene employers, job seekers, training providers, and educators to help make sure more people have access to opportunity moving forward.


The goal of this project is to develop a strategy for more people who don’t have four-year degrees to find jobs that both pay a living wage and can lead to meaningful careers. We are helping to develop this revamped workforce strategy by listening and learning from the everyday experts: people who are seeking economic mobility, employers trying to hire great people, and educators and career training providers.


Our first focus group discussion was one of the most powerful and insightful we’ve ever had, and was a great example of why we love doing this work! And because of how invigorating this discussion was, we wanted to highlight the components that make an empowering conversation. Take a look at the infographic below for details.