Skillful Indiana Names William D. Turner, Jr. Executive Director; Launches Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps with Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skillful Indiana, a Markle Foundation initiative, today announced the
hire of William D. Turner, Jr. as Executive Director. Turner will lead
Skillful Indiana’s efforts to engage employers, educators, policymakers
and workforce development organizations to create a labor market in
which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the
information and education they need to secure good jobs. Governor Eric
J. Holcomb, Turner and Skillful Indiana today launched one of its
signature initiatives, the Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps, in
partnership with the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. The statewide program
is designed to strengthen and support exceptional career coaching
professionals so they are better equipped to connect Hoosiers to
effective training opportunities and quality jobs. Applications for the
8-month program are available at
until February 15, 2019. Free to participants, Skillful operates the
program with support from Microsoft, Lumina Foundation and Walmart.

Skillful Indiana Names William D. Turner, Jr. Executive Director

Turner joins Skillful Indiana from Allison Transmission, Inc., where for
more than a decade he led the training and development organization for
this leading Indianapolis-based manufacturing company. Long involved in
Indiana’s workforce development efforts, he currently serves as Chair of
the EmployIndy Workforce Development Board. He is also a member of the
Indiana Automotive Council, the Indiana Workforce Development Board
Alliance, where he serves as Secretary; and Board Member on the
Metropolitan School District of Washington Township School Board. He is
a graduate of Purdue University and holds an honorary degree from Ivy
Tech Community College.

Bill’s unmatched blend of private sector leadership and public service
contributions to Indiana’s workforce development, plus his personal
passion for helping Hoosiers succeed, makes him a natural fit to lead
Skillful Indiana as Executive Director,” said Beth Cobert, Skillful CEO.
He understands the needs of employers and skilled workers and is deeply
connected to the larger workforce development community across Indiana.
We couldn’t be more delighted that he is joining the Skillful team.”

I’m thrilled to be joining Skillful in its mission to better equip and
connect Hoosiers and Indiana employers in today’s fast-changing economy.
Skillful Indiana’s work is not just about improving livelihoods, but
also lives, which reverberates to create more vibrant communities,” said
Mr. Turner. “We’re hitting the ground running with the launch of the
Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps. Career coaches play a critical role
in helping people recognize the skills they have, the training they may
need and the opportunities within their reach.”

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Skillful Indiana Launch Skillful
Governor’s Coaching Corps

The Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps will bring together talented
coaches from workforce centers, post-secondary education and training
institutions, high schools, staffing and non-profit organizations to
learn skills-based approaches to career coaching, hone their leadership
skills, leverage new practices and technologies, and build a supportive
cohort to serve Indiana job seekers more effectively in a changing
economy. For example, coaches will learn how to apply a skills-based
approach to gain a better understanding of the breadth of skills job
seekers have, and to combine this with local labor market information to
connect them to better career pathways. They will also learn how to use
advanced features of tools such as LinkedIn to explore in-demand career
pathways. Skillful first established its Skillful Coaching Corps model
in the state of Colorado, where it is in its second year.

I am proud of Indiana’s talented career development professionals who
play a pivotal role in our workforce and education communities,” Gov.
Holcomb said. “With Skillful Indiana launching the Skillful Governor’s
Coaching Corps, Hoosiers will have access to career coaches who will
offer new tools, resources and training opportunities so job seekers can
flourish in a changing economy.”

This inaugural Indiana cohort of 35 participants will receive in-depth
skills development, one-on-one leadership coaching, and access to a
network of peers and leaders in high-demand, high-wage industries.
Coaches will also form action teams to contribute their skills and
experience to develop solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing
Indiana’s workforce. Upon completion of the program, teams will present
their recommendations to the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet members for
potential adoption. To be eligible for the program, applicants
must be Indiana residents responsible for providing career services
directly to Hoosiers. They must currently work for a public workforce
center; a university, community or technical college; a non-profit that
provides career-advising services; Purdue Extension; a public high
school or a staffing agency.

In addition to the Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps, Skillful Indiana
will launch an online Skillful Coaching Community of Practice later this
year. The Skillful Coaching Community of Practice will be a virtual
community, powered by Microsoft Teams, for Indiana career coaches to
network, share and learn from each other. As an extension of the Corps,
the online Skillful Coaching Community of Practice will offer resources
and foster discussion to help coaches strengthen their skills and
explore new and better ways to connect Hoosiers with training and
employment opportunities.

Launched in October 2018, Skillful
brings together the Markle Foundation, Microsoft
Philanthropies, LinkedIn, Walmart, Lumina Foundation, Purdue University
and Purdue Extension with Governor Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet and local
workforce development boards to augment the Governor’s Next Level
workforce development plan and create better pathways to good jobs for
Hoosiers. First established in Colorado, Skillful is dedicated to
enabling all Americans – particularly those without a four-year college
degree – succeed in a changing economy. Skillful is developing
skills-based training and employment practices and facilitating their
adoption in collaboration with employers, policymakers, educators,
coaches and workforce development organizations.

About Skillful,
Skillful Colorado, Skillful Indiana and the
State Network

Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, is dedicated
to enabling all Americans – particularly those without a four-year
college degree – to secure good jobs in a changing economy. In
partnership with Microsoft and others, Skillful is developing
skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with
state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development
organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor
market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the
information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s
impact on work. Skillful currently operates in two states, Skillful
Colorado and Skillful Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and
innovative methods to augment local workforce development efforts. It
formed and facilitates the Skillful State Network, a collaboration among
20 state governors to accelerate the development and deployment of
effective skills-based practices to transform their labor markets.
Skillful is grateful for support provided by Microsoft, Lumina
Foundation and Walmart, and its partnerships with the states of Colorado
and Indiana, Purdue University and Purdue Extensions and many great
local organizations committed to strengthening their local workforce and
creating better opportunities for all.

About The Markle Foundation

The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to
achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing
issues. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their
varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change.
Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of
work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions toward a skills-based
labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the
opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s workforce initiatives
include Skillful
and the Rework
America Task Force
. They follow Markle’s success in creating policy
and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare,
national security and access to the Internet. For more information,
follow @MarkleFdn
and @ReworkAmerica
on Twitter, and read our book, America’s