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SHRS - MAY 2021 Virtual Meeting

  • May 11, 2021
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM Meeting
  • 56


  • Non-SHRS Members/Non-SHRM Members/Guests are usually $20, but this meeting is FREE.
  • SHRS Members that designate SHRS as their home chapter and are also SHRM Members are FREE!
  • Must be both SHRS Student Member & SHRM Student Member

Please join us for the SHRS May 2021 Virtual Meeting on Tuesday, May 11!

"Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board and The Skillful Talent Series"

Overview:  The Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board (COWIB) works with Oklahoma to share federally and state-funded programs established to help them build a strong workforce and diverse talent pool. These programs focus on job seekers that often have barriers to employment. Since these are federally and state-funded programs, there is frequently little to no cost for the employer. COWIB assists employers with day-to-day and long-term challenges with writing job descriptions, posting job ads, labor market reports, and programs and solutions like SKILLFUL®.

We understand that hiring the right employee is now more critical than ever. The SKILLFUL® Talent Series is designed to help employers break away from traditional hiring methods and transition to skills-based employment practices. This training series includes four interactive workshops. SKILLFUL®, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, is dedicated to enabling all job seekers--particularly those without a four-year 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. Through SKILLFUL®, trained companies have learned and adopted hiring techniques that have increased their retention by up to 65% and improved overall staff performance. 

Presenter - Bill Wade

Bill Wade is a Business Service Consultant with the Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board. Bill works closely with local area employers to identify workforce challenges and provide employer-led solutions. He has a Master's in Music and Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and an extensive background in sales, including over 12 years with U.S. Cellular. Bill leads the SKILLFUL® Talent Series, a skill-based hiring initiative for employers, and the Rapid Response program, a strategy designed to respond to layoffs, for Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, and Logan counties.


This program has been approved for 1 hour re-certification credit hours toward SHRM for Professional Development credits (PDCs) and by the HR Certification Institute for recertification credits.  Please visit their respective websites at  or



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