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University of Phoenix provost Dr. John Woods joins Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Summit

By Sharla Hooper

Woods provides insights from University’s Career Optimism Index® study on workforce skills gaps and development

University of Phoenix provost and chief academic officer John Woods, Ph.D., joins the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s 2022 Workforce Summit, for an event bringing together Arizona employers and education leaders on Tuesday, August 30, in Phoenix, AZ. The Summit features a robust program with keynote speakers including Woods, and panels of local experts discussing workforce trends that impact business, as well as breakout sessions for attendees that highlight tangible and actionable solutions.

Workforce retention continues to evolve during economic uncertainty, and events such as the Summit offer opportunities for resource and strategy-sharing. Woods is the afternoon keynote speaker providing insights from the University of Phoenix Career Institute®, 2022 Career Optimism Index® study, around employee priorities and mobility, as well as talent retention and development solutions for employers.

“As we face economic and workforce challenges, our Index findings identify critical gaps of understanding and expectation between employer perspective and employee reality,” states Woods. “The Summit allows us an opportunity to share these insights and consider how best to leverage them into developing strategies for workforce retention and development.”

Summit attendees will have access to sessions on workforce topics including how education is adapting to meet industry needs, workforce practices for the future, mental health in the workplace, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) as a workforce strategy, utilizing data for talent solutions, and talent development as an attraction strategy. They will learn about available resources in workforce development and hear how other employers have maximized these tools.

Woods has provided insights on the Index and workforce issues recently featured in several publications including Forbes.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (the Foundation) convenes and catalyzes business, education, and community to enhance college and career readiness, develop a stronger workforce, and build healthier communities throughout Arizona. The Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, leads the charitable and education initiatives of the Greater Phoenix Chamber under the four pillars of education, workforce development, wellness, and research. The University of Phoenix is a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about the Summit and Foundation here.

About University of Phoenix

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