This month, WIRE-Net announced two deserving staff members were being promoted. Tom Birkel who has been working as part of the CIRI team for the last two years will move into the newly created Vice President, Manufacturing Services position, and Brianna Schultz, who has managed WIRE-Net’s youth programs since 2015, has accepted the Vice President, Workforce Development position, and will oversee both the youth and adult workforce programs.
Ubuntu is a Zulu phrase which, loosely translated, implies that you are a person because of other people.
Well, WIRE-Net's 2020 VISION Strategic Direction exists because of other people. WIRE-Net's Board of Directors undertook the plan in large part because of the tremendous changes – in demographics, economics, technology, and politics – taking place in our region and in manufacturing.
(Sorry for the obscure reference to Charlie Haden's version of the Gene Autry song!)
WIRE-Net's last full overhaul of its strategic direction was in 2013. In Northeast Ohio, we were still clawing our way out of the Great Recession, particularly in manufacturing. The changes we see now in the manufacturing sector had their genesis years ago, but the pace of change sure seems like it has accelerated. This is one of the observations from WIRE-Net's Future Search, held on April 21st.