Workforce 360

Workforce 360 is a recurring meeting featuring topics from the the intersection of direct service and policy work. The meetings are an opportunity for diverse participation and networking with workforce development practitioners, policy advocates, and more.

Each Workforce 360 meeting will be structured around a specific challenge relevant to workforce development and examine solutions from both a policy and on-the-ground practitioner perspective. We hope to see you there for engaging speakers, opportunities to participate in advocacy, peer discussion, and new opportunities and announcements from the field!

Who can I contact for more information?

Angela Morrison, Policy Associate at

Workforce 360 - Chicago Jobs Council

Workforce 360 Archive

April 2020 (Virtual)

March 2020

  • Agenda
  • New Moms’ Executive Skills Approach Presentation | Dana Emanuel & Gabrielle Caverl-McNeal | New Moms
  • Announcements

December 2019

  • Agenda
  • ABAWD Rule Change 101 Presentation | Nolan Downey | Shriver Center on Poverty Law
  • Group Discussion: Ideas and Strategies for Workforce Community Response | Mari Castaldi | Chicago Jobs Council
  • Announcements

September 2019

July 2019

May 2019

  • Agenda
  • Overview of Job Seekers Experiencing Homelessness and Housing (In)Stability | Carrie Thomas | Executive Director | Chicago Jobs Council
  • Overview of Homeless Response System | Karen Kowal | Director, Continuum of Care Programs | All Chicago
  • Announcements
    • Upcoming Frontline Focus Training Institute Courses – Flyer 

April 2019

  • Agenda
  • Presentation on Temporary and Contingent Workers & Workers’ Rights | Jane Flanagan, Visiting Scholar, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Open Society Foundations and Tim Bell | Executive Director | Chicago Workers Collaborative
  • Announcements and Adjournment
    • Upcoming Frontline Focus Training Institute Courses – Flyer 

March 2019

February 2019

  • Agenda
  • Cannabis in the law | Eric Halvorson, Policy and Communications Associate, Chicago Jobs Council
    • Steans & Cassidy Cannabis Bill summary
    • Social Equity Provisions summary
  •  Announcements
    • Upcoming Frontline Focus Training Institute Courses Flyer
    • National Able Network – Workforce Wednesday Flyer

January 2019

December 2018

  • Agenda 
  • Apprenticeship in Illinois – Overview | Mari Castaldi, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Chicago Jobs Council
  • Apprenticeship 101 | Morgan Diamond, Program Manager, Young Invincibles
  • Announcements
    • Upcoming Frontline Focus Training Institute Courses – Flyer

November 2018

  • Agenda 
  • Retention Interventions, From Programs to Policy – Overview | Angela Morrison, Policy Associate, Chicago Jobs Council
  • Spotlight: Disabilities Fund – Flyer | Alexandra Perez-Garcia, Program Coordinator, Chicago Community Trust
  • Announcements

October 2018

  • The October meeting was postponed

September 2018

  • Agenda 
  • Worker Cooperatives- Overview | Angela Morrison, Policy Associate, Chicago Jobs Council
  • Cooperation Chicago: Building Chicago’s Worker Cooperative Ecosystem [White Paper], Illinois Worker Cooperative Alliance and John Marshall Law School-Chicago Business Enterprise Law Clinic
  • Salsedo Press Brochure 
  • Announcements
    • Illinois Hunger Coalition – Farm Bill Sign-on Letter
    • Frontline Focus Training Institute – Upcoming Courses flyer
    • CJC campaign website to educate and organize around license suspension as a barrier to employment

August 2018

  • Agenda 
  • What happened in Springfield? Budget and Legislative updates
    • College Hunger Bill | Niya Kelly, State Legislative Director, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
    • COIN Act | Wendy Pollack, Director-Women’s Law & Policy Initiative, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
    • Equal Pay Act flyer
    • Fair Workweek Chicago flyer
    • State Budget and License to Work Act presentation | Carrie Thomas, Executive Director and Eric Halvorson, Policy and Communications Associate, CJC
      • Illinois Budget Article
      • Fair Tax – Shriver Center brief and Responsible Budget Coalition flyer
  • Announcements

July 2018

FWA & Working Group Archive

See materials from our previous meetings here.