Frontline Workforce Association

The Frontline Workforce Association (FWA) was formed in the Fall of 2010 as a way to help frontline providers stay in touch outside of formal Frontline Focus trainings. The goal of FWA is to connect frontline professionals in a way that enables them to better collaborate, support one another, and make referrals. Specifically, FWA provides free access to networking, continuing education, and professional development opportunities. The group is open to all frontline job developers, regardless of their past involvement with Frontline Focus.

FWA meets bi-monthly, or six times a year, focusing on topics of interest to frontline staff. FWA also  hosts quarterly social gatherings as a way for frontline job developers to meet other like-minded professionals, share stories, relax, and recharge. The informational meetings are designed to be interactive and often include a chance to share best practices and troubleshoot common problems. Through these meetings, FWA not only offers a chance for professionals to develop their individual skill sets, but also an opportunity to increase their awareness of the workforce development field in Chicago and Illinois.

Individuals are welcome to attend as few or as many meetings as they wish. All meetings are free of charge.


Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 8:30 – 11:00am
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
320 N. Damen Ave. – Chicago
(Free limited street parking
Click here to register

Pitch Perfect: Engaging with Employers
Have you ever struggled to engage with employers and market your valuable services? At this FWA meeting, you will learn how to “pitch” your services  to those skeptical or hesitant employers.  We’ll be discussing common challenges and brainstorming best practices. Most importantly, in this extremely interactive session, you will have the opportunity to practice your pitching skills and learn from your peers. This meeting will be perfect for job developers who want to get more practice perfecting their pitch!


  • 8:30 – 9:00: Structured Networking
  • 9:00 – 9:15: Pitching to Employers Presentation
  • 9:15 – 10:15: Breakout Session: Pitch Practice
  • 10:15 – 10:50: Mini-Presentations from Small Groups: Pitching Best Practices
  • 10:50-11:00: Wrap-Up & Evaluations

FREE, but advance registration required. Click here to register.

Attend and Win!
We will raffle off free registration to one of our FFTI trainings (valued at $75-$115).  Must be in attendance to win. 

Contact Kaitlyn McGovern:

Past Meetings

Happy Hour Events

Check back for more information on upcoming Happy Hour events!

The Frontline Workforce Association is guided by a steering committee. If you are interested in getting involved with this committee to help choose future topics and direct the growth of FWA, please contact Ellen Johnson at or 312-252-0460 x310.

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