October 27, 2020 1:00 pm - October 27, 2020 2:00 pm
There is a significant need for skilled employees in the manufacturing industry in Florida. In this webinar, speakers from ABLE Trust will showcase employU’s, the largest Florida provider for training and internship programs for youth with disabilities, new manufacturing talent pipeline development program that offers the opportunity for businesses to explore the untapped talent pool of people with disabilities.
Manufacturers will also learn about the ABLE Network, a B2B/peer-to-peer program for business leaders committed to diversity and inclusion. The network supports businesses that want to educate, empower, and employ Floridians with disabilities, and fosters business-to-business learning and best practices.
Allison Chase is the Vice President at the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, known as The Able Trust. For over twenty-five years, her career has centered on public policy and programming for employment of people with disabilities. In her role, she oversees business and external partner engagement working with business and government leaders who are dedicated to a diverse and inclusive workforce for all of Florida. She is also responsible for the youth programs of The Able Trust including the highly successful High School High Tech program. The youth programs concentrate on providing ongoing leadership direction, career development, and career guidance for young people with disabilities. Allison is an active volunteer in her local community with Junior Achievement, Hospice, and the public library children’s literacy program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, golfing, and herding her five cats! She resides in Tallahassee with her husband Mike.
Lindy Sinka is the Transition Program Director at employU. She has worked in the non-profit world for many years, and even had the opportunity to work in Northern Iraq for five years which totally changed her life. She knew that she wanted to work with young people with disabilities to help them prepare for their lives. After returning to Florida, she went to work at employU which is now the largest employment training program in Florida for youth with disabilities. Their community internship model has been recognized at the state and national level for creating diverse opportunities for the students they serve. Lindy finds working with youth exciting and rewarding as they are so quick to learn and make astounding progress in a short period of time. She feels that her work at employU is by far, the most amazing position that she’s ever held, and looks forward to her work each day to build this program for the students she serves.