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About the event

Looking for career growth or change? Sign up for our third Workforce Development Week, February 6 through 8. It’s open to all Kaiser Permanente employees. The virtual event highlights our best of training, upskilling and educational resources.

Join webinars and activities led by featured speakers and career experts. Learn how to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Access tuition reimbursement and education trusts
  • Build in-demand skills
  • Engage with mentors, counselors and coaches
  • Prepare for tomorrow’s jobs

For managers, find resources to strengthen your team and help employees develop their careers and adapt to changes in health care.

How the event works

Each morning of the event, National Workforce Planning and Development will release new sessions on this website.

  • Register for the event
  • Log in to the website using the email address you registered with
  • Go to the Schedule section to view sessions that interest you at any time, as your work allows, even after the week is over

Most sessions will be prerecorded and less than 15 minutes. One live session is planned and will be recorded.

Wondering where to get the guidance you need

Meet the workforce planning and development leads at the national level and find contacts in each region. This team of experts is here to help you navigate resources and support employee and management education and training needs.

Find your supporting cast now.

Anticyclonic supercell thunderstorm over the plains, Deer Trail, Colorado

Our workforce planning and development committee aims a mile high to support Colorado team members and managers with education and training. Let us know how we can help you!

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Oak tree-lined road in Savannah, Georgia

Our workforce planning and development structure is embedded deeply within our regional Labor Management Partnership work and our utilization rates consistently crush the other regions. Let us know how we can help you crush your career goals!

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The National Workforce Planning and Development team has decades of experience supporting labor and management to understand, analyze and address skill gaps to prepare employees for tomorrow’s jobs. Email us if we can help you!

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Jessica Butz portrait

Jessica Butz

Director, National Workforce Development, Alliance of Health Care Unions; Co-director, Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust

John Kolodney portrait

John Kolodny

National Program Coordinator, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

Monica Morris portrait

Lionel Sims, jr.

Vice President, Office of Labor Management Partnership and National Labor Relations Strategy; Interim Management Lead, National Workforce Planning and Development

Nicole Green

Nicole Green

Senior Workforce Planning Consultant
(Mid-Atlantic States, Northwest, Washington)

Nedra Daugherty

Nedra Daugherty

Senior Workforce Planning Consultant
Career Development


Danielle Pollard

Danielle Pollard

Senior Workforce Planning Consultant
(Colorado, Georgia, Northern California)

Allyne Beach

Allyne Beach

Lead Workforce Planning Consultant
Workforce of the Future (Hawaii, Southern California)

Aerial panorama of the West coast of Oahu, area of Papaoneone Beach. Hawaii

Aloha! Our workforce planning and development committee loves helping team members grow as we transform our organization. Let us know how we can help you!

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Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic.

Our region juggles a lot and the workforce planning and development committee is no different. We engage and empower team members to align career goals with operational needs. Let us know how we can help you!

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Scenic view of a redwood forest in Northern California

Our workforce planning and development committee strives to build bridges that can help our workforce become more resilient and prepared for workforce changes. Let us know how we can help develop the warrior in you.

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Sunset in downtown Portland, Oregon

We take workforce planning and development seriously and have serious fun doing it. We seek to align our work to help teams meet organizational strategy. Let us know how we can help you!

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Mount Rainier over Tacoma, Washington, waterfront at dusk

We may be a newly formed team, but we are making strides to help the workforce adapt to the future of health care and changes within Kaiser Permanente. Let us know how we can help you!

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Dawn on Manhattan Beach pier in Southern California

Jobs of the future began in our region, and we continue to help teams rise to the challenges of our changing health care landscape. Let us know how we can help you!

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Schedule

View the sessions that interest you at any time, as your schedule allows, even after the week is over. Most sessions are prerecorded and less than 15 minutes.


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Your professional growth and development is a top priority at Kaiser Permanente. Labor Management Partnership and workforce development leaders share why. View video.


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What are career assessments? Why do people hesitate to use these tools? Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust senior outreach specialist Miguel Reza and lead career development coach Kristin Hovaguimian explain their value. Hear how assessments can transform your career development journey.

Miguel Reza MIGUEL REZA ~ BEN HUDNALL MEMORIAL TRUST
Kristin Hovaguimian KRISTIN HOVAGUIMIAN ~ BEN HUDNALL MEMORIAL TRUST
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At Kaiser Permanente, your career mobility is a journey. Learn how National Workforce Planning and Development can help you in your journey to prepare for the future and enhance your present. View video and presentation.

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Are you taking college courses? See how to submit required documents for college course reimbursement. View the video below for a step-by-step guide. Learn more about tuition reimbursement.

Tenisha Cook Tenisha Cook ~ Tuition Reimbursement
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Your voice matters. Each day of the event, we’ll ask a question about workforce development. Answer the question and see the latest poll results.

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Play our version of Wordle. We have a secret word you can guess. Each guess should be a 5-letter word. The tile colors will change to show you how close your guess is to the word. Guess as often as you want. Try to solve the word in as few guesses as possible. Each day has a new game. Hint: The word relates to workforce development.

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Search kpcareerplanning.org to learn about career development resources and find hidden gems to map your goals. Invest in yourself and see where you stand on the leaderboard.

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Looking to build your career? Wondering what might be next for you at Kaiser Permanente? Visit our Career Resource Center. The site is a one-stop hub to help you plan, make new connections and get help for commonly asked questions. View the video below to learn more.

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All Kaiser Permanente employees can access Skillsoft, Kaiser Permanente’s e-learning library. See how this KP Learn on-demand resource can enhance your skillset. Get the scoop on how Skillsoft is expanding to include new course offerings and leader camps. Jerry Sochor covers how to access and leverage this program. View the video below and download the quick start guide.

Jerry Sochor JERRY SOCHOR ~ ENTERPRISE LEARNING
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Kaiser Permanente's journey toward equity requires active participation from everyone. To empower you on this journey, check out these Belong@KP tools and resources. 

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Our emotional, psychological and social well-being affects how we think, feel and act. Visit Kaiser Permanente’s Rise&Renew webpage webpage for easily accessible tools and resources to support mental health for yourself, for your team and for your colleagues.

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Do you feel excited and fulfilled at work? Are you pursuing a career that brings you a sense of purpose? Aligning your work with your values can help you focus on what matters most to you. See how you can build a career that aligns with those values. View this workshop led by Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust career development coaches Keri Burns and Sean Combs. Fill out the values-driven worksheet to help identify your values. BHMT is one of 3 Labor Management Partnership-supported education trusts.

Keri Burns KERI BURNS ~ BEN HUDNALL MEMORIAL TRUST
Sean Combs SEAN COMBS ~ BEN HUDNALL MEMORIAL TRUST
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What is career development? Find out the differences between a job and career. For employees represented by unions in the Labor Management Partnership, learn how you can work with a career development coach to take charge of your career. View the workshop hosted by Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust’s Vanessa Rubinfeld.

Vanessa Rubinfeld VANESSA RUBINFELD ~ BEN HUDNALL MEMORIAL TRUST
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The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium's medical assistant apprenticeship opens career doors for employees. Find out how you can earn while you learn. Get an in-depth perspective. Employee Patricia Lopez Del Toro shares her story. She talks with Allison Holmes from the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund. The Training Fund is one of 3 Labor Management Partnership-supported education trusts.

Patricia Lopez Del Toro PATRICIA LOPEZ DEL TORO ~ MEDICAL ASSISTANT APPRENTICE, WASHINGTON REGION
Allison Holmes ALLISON HOLMES ~ SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199NW MULTI-EMPLOYER TRAINING FUND
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What if we could devise development experiences that happen in the day-to-day work? And how can managers find time in already overbooked schedules to support their employees’ growth? Explore how using time more effectively and a fresh approach to development increases trust, engagement, teamwork, productivity and innovation. National Leadership Development’s Angie Kutlik and coaching consultant Norma Tenorio talk about achieving career growth while on the job. 

Angie Kutlik ANGIE KUTLIK ~ NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Norma Tenorio NORMA TENORIO ~ HPA CUSTOMER SERVICE
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The SEIU-UHW & Joint Employer Education Fund offers eligible members training, tuition help and more. View the first video for an overview of its programs and services. In the second, employees share how using the Education Fund advances their careers. The Education Fund serves Kaiser Permanente workers represented by SEIU unions in California, Colorado and the Northwest Region. It’s one of 3 Labor Management Partnership-supported education trusts.

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Your voice matters. Each day of the event, we’ll ask a question about workforce development. Answer the question and see the latest poll results.

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Play our version of Wordle. We have a secret word you can guess. Each guess should be a 5-letter word. The tile colors will change to show you how close your guess is to the word. Guess as often as you want. Try to solve the word in as few guesses as possible. Each day has a new game. Hint: The word relates to workforce development.

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Spin the Wheel of the Future to learn about the Workforce of the Future and why it matters to you.

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Exploring career paths is a key step for developing your career. Use our career paths tool to help find your direction. It’s interactive, personalized and available to all Kaiser Permanente employees. View the guide and video below to learn more. 

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Explore how 3 employees charted unexpected careers. Learn how they rose from entry-level roles to clinical and administrative leaders. Find out what education and training resources are available. Get tips for your journey. View the Kaiser Permanente Washington panel discussion below and videos of the 3 speakers sharing their career stories. Then chart your own course with our career pathway tool.

Melanie Edwards MELANIE EDWARDS ~ QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CLINICAL CONSULTANT, WASHINGTON REGION
Betsy Edholm BETSY EDHOLM ~ HR STRATEGY DESIGN CONSULTANT, WASHINGTON REGION
Jessica Sandu JESSICA SANDHU ~ SENIOR PRACTICE ADVISOR, KP MEDICAL FOUNDATION
Kevin Wright KEVIN WRIGHT ~ DATABASE ARCHITECT MANAGEMENT, WASHINGTON REGION
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All employees and physicians are encouraged to join the Business Resource Groups (BRGs). See how the BRGs offer inclusive pathways and programs that connect our workforce in meaningful and trusting ways. Learn more about how the BRGs focus on talent development.

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Michelle Linares MICHELLE LINARES ~ DIRECTOR, NATIONAL EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND DIVERSITY

Are you a lifelong learner? See steps you can take to build your career. Then fill in this checklist to guide yourself through any stage.

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These new awards honor the top workforce development efforts in the Labor Management Partnership. Go to the EPIC Awards section to view submissions. Training programs across the markets vie for Education Partnerships Inspiring Change Awards. You decide People’s Choice for your favorite training program.

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Spark change! Learn more about growing your career through mentoring. KP Mentoring leader Karen Kaufman and MentorLead’s Ann Tardy discuss job growth with Kaiser Permanente mentor, mentee and mentoring program leader Travis Holter.

Travis Holter TRAVIS HOLTER ~ IT CONSULTANT, KAISER PERMANENTE
Karen Kaufman KAREN KAUFMAN ~ KP MENTORING
Ann Tardy ANN TARDY ~ MENTORLEAD
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Growth, resilience, integrity and tenacity. It takes all these characteristics for academic success. Isis Acevedo reveals how. She shares her career journey at Kaiser Permanente, going back to school while working and raising a family. Follow her path from on-call operator to project manager. She talks with the SEIU-UHW Education Fund’s Maggie Newcomb Raine about the power of perseverance. Senior workforce planning and development consultant Nedra Daugherty provides an introduction.

MAGGIE NEWCOMB RAINE MAGGIE NEWCOMB RAINE ~ SEIU-UHW EDUCATION FUND
ISIS ACEVEDO NEDRA DAUGHERTY ~ NATIONAL WORKFORCE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
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Managers play a vital role in career development. Survey results show that many managers need more information about how to support their team’s career development. Get insights in this episode. Three workplace development champions share how they meet this challenge. Hear from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s Melissa Carroll, Ashley Green and Rod Waring. Senior workforce planning and development consultant Danielle Pollard hosts the session.

Danielle Pollard DANIELLE POLLARD ~ NATIONAL WORKFORCE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Melissa Carroll MELISSA CARROLL ~ SENIOR LEARNING CONSULTANT, HEALTH PLAN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Ashley Green ASHLEY GREEN ~ CONSULTANT III, MEMBER RELATIONS, GRIEVANCE, APPEALS AND ABSENCE DOCUMENTATION SERVICES
Rod Waring ROD WARING ~ MANAGER, TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, CONTACT CENTER SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS
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Looking for the latest trends with in-demand health care professions? Find out more about the education, training and skills needed for these jobs. See what steps you can take.

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Your voice matters. Each day of the event, we’ll ask a question about workforce development. Answer the question and see the latest poll results.

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Play our version of Wordle. We have a secret word you can guess. Each guess should be a 5-letter word. The tile colors will change to show you how close your guess is to the word. Guess as often as you want. Try to solve the word in as few guesses as possible. Each day has a new game. Hint: The word relates to workforce development.

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As a Kaiser Permanente employee or manager, you have access to many education and training resources. But is there more you need? Help improve your training resources. Take the Training Needs Survey. Your feedback will strengthen education and training programs that support your and your team’s career growth. 

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Managers play a vital role in workforce development. Use this guide to learn what resources are available and get tips on how to talk with your team.

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Health care is changing rapidly. Learning about the critical skills can help you meet these changing demands. Find Skillsoft@KP courses you can take on these critical skills.

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The health care workforce is changing. Here are 4 trends shaping change and 4 ways you can prepare for the future.

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Speakers

Meet our professionals



Jessica Butz portrait

JESSICA BUTZ

Director, National Workforce Development, Alliance of Health Care Unions; Co-director, Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust

John Kolodney portrait

JOHN KOLODNY

National Coordinator, Workforce Planning and Development, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

Laura Long portrait

Laura Long

Vice President, Operations, Performance, and Compliance, National Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Caroline Lucas portrait

CAROLINE LUCAS

Executive Director, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

Christian Meisner portrait

IJE-ENU NWOSU

Chief Advancement Officer, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Patricia Pittman portrait

PATRICIA PITTMAN

Fitzhugh Mullan Professor of Health Workforce Equity, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Jim Pruitt portrait

JIM PRUITT

Vice President, Labor Management Partnership and Labor Relations, The Permanente Federation

Hal Ruddick portrait

HAL RUDDICK

Executive Director, Alliance of Health Care Unions

Steve Shields portrait

STEVE SHIELDS

Senior Vice President, National Labor Relations and Office of Labor Management Partnership

Lionel Sims, Jr. portrait

Lionel Sims, Jr.

Vice President, Office of Labor Management Partnership and National Labor Relations Strategy; Interim Management Lead, National Workforce Planning and Development

EPIC Awards

These awards are for Education Partnerships Inspiring Change. They honor the top training efforts in the Labor Management Partnership. View the submissions in 3 categories: Positive Impact, Future Ready and Intrapreneur. From among those 13 videos, cast your vote by February 7 for your favorite. Your vote decides People’s Choice. Judges will decide winners of the other 3 categories.

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This category honors training that helped the market and the employees who completed it.

This category honors training that prepared employees for new skills, credentials or jobs.

This category celebrates a labor or management market leader vital to a training program’s success.

Which EPIC Award submission is your favorite? Vote here to decide the 2024 People’s Choice for favorite training program.

Positive Impact
 
 
 
Future Ready








Intrapreneur


TESTIMONIALS

Comments from the 2022 Workforce Development Week survey

I like how organized the event was. And of course the amount of content!
I loved the opportunity to access it at times that were best fitting for my schedule. I had been feeling a need for investment in myself and it was perfect.
I like how each item was around 15min this helped me to participate without impacting my regular work schedule.
These sessions gave me a valuable insight about the importance of self development.
It motivated me to keep exploring my options and I feel supported.
I had an opportunity to learn about some programs that I wasn't aware of.
The information provided was useful and can be applied at Kaiser Permanente and our daily life.
Great way to learn about work development prospects for future career planning.
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