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April 9, 2019

PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation  (the Foundation) is launching the Talent Pipeline Management™ (TPM) Upskill Academy of Arizona on April 22, 2019. The Foundation received a grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to launch the first-ever TPM Upskill Academy in Arizona. The Foundation solicited applications from workforce and community partners from across the state who are committed to applying the TPM™ curriculum and launching successful and sustainable workforce collaboratives in their communities.

The Foundation is proud to welcome 22 individuals representing 17 organizations as TPM Upskill Academy of Arizona participants.

“The Foundation looks forward to launching the TPM Upskill Academy of Arizona and knows that the individuals who were selected as participants will be excellent stewards of the tools they learn through the process,” said Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation president and CEO. “Every single one of them will take what they learn through this process back to their communities to help strengthen Arizona’s talent pipelines.”

The TPM Academy™ combines in-person and web-based trainings for state and local chambers, business associations, and economic development agency leaders to drive partnerships between employers and education and training providers based on industry need. To transition to the TPM Upskill Academy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation worked with a board of advisors to update the training’s curriculum appropriately. The curriculum begins with TPM orientation, gathering appropriate stakeholders and generating buy-in for the process, and runs through six TPM strategies, concluding with post-implementation continuous improvement.

“We are proud to be working alongside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to scale the TPM model and increase the number of organizations utilizing the TPM framework in Arizona,” said Jennifer Mellor, Chief Innovation Officer of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation. “As a TPM Academy graduate, I can attest to the tremendous impact it had on the Foundation’s workforce development efforts.”

TPM Upskill Academy participants will gain the ability to implement supply chain solutions with their members and stakeholders, interact with close to 200 TPM Academy graduates, and access the TPM web portal, which activates the six TPM strategies to streamline data collection and visualization for employer partners. They will also become a part of the TPM National Learning Network of practitioners throughout the country.

“We are excited to partner with the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation to enter this new phase of the TPM initiative where we apply the proven TPM approach to help employers develop talent pipeline solutions and improve career pathway and upskilling opportunities for their existing workforce,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce.

Congratulations to the inaugural class of the TPM Upskill Academy of Arizona:

  • Arizona Chamber Foundation, Deputy Director, A for Arizona, Mary Curtin
  • Arizona@Work Maricopa County, Business Services Representative, Kevin Dumcum
  • Arizona@Work Maricopa County, Workforce Development Coordinator, Heath Anderson
  • Arizona State University, University Innovation Fellow, Lukas Wenrick
  • Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Deanna Kupcik
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, Executive Director, Thomas Schumann
  • Center for Future of Arizona (CFA), Project Manager, Retail Sector Initiative, Orlando Cazarez
  • Center for Future of Arizona (CFA), Director, Retail Sector Initiative, Holly Kurtz
  • Eloy Chamber, CEO, Mark Benner
  • Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Workforce and Community Partnerships, Sarah Watts
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation, Workforce Development Manager, Brittany Holmes
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation, Workforce Development Manager, Kimberly Vegliante
  • Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Lisa Krueger
  • Local First AZ, Director of Rural Programs, Liza Noland
  • Maricopa County Community College District, District Director for Workforce Development, Julie Stiak
  • Maricopa County Community College District, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development, Daniel Barajas
  • Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, Mary Hamilton
  • Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Chris Clark
  • Tucson Metro Chamber, Vice President, Michael Guymon
  • WESTMARC, Director of Business Operations and Strategy, Kimberly Jordan
  • West-MEC, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Specialist, Aaron Parsons
  • West-MEC, Director of Career Services, Katie Mehin

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About the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation
Launched in 2016, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation carries out charitable and education objectives by conducting research, forming partnerships and hosting events focused on education, workforce development, wellness, and community development.

About the Greater Phoenix Chamber
Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, creating a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.   

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