Marano Fellows Class of 2012

Name: Chelsea Meldrum

Associate Director, Policy & Planning



Location: Indianapolis, IN
Industry Sector: Information Technology, Health Information Technology and Electronic Systems Technology
Type of Organization: Workforce Investment Board and Regional OneStop Operator

Organizational Background & Mission: EmployIndy, originally the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, was formed in 1983 as a result of the federal Job Training Partnership Act. It was charged with directly delivering workforce services to Marion County residents.

After five years of delivering a wide range of services to job seekers, EmployIndy's leaders created the Indianapolis Network for Employment and Training as an umbrella marketing device to signal the integration of workforce development services.

In 1995, EmployIndy decided to contract out the day-to-day operations of employment and training services to community-based organizations so that its staff could focus on broad, strategic workforce issues facing Marion County. That positioned EmployIndy well when, three years later, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act to replace JTPA. Workforce Investment boards replaced private industry councils across the nation, and their roles shifted from that of direct service provider to policy and planning body for workforce development - the kind of organization that EmployIndy had chosen to become.

EmployIndy, the local workforce development organization for Marion County, is dedicated to advancing workforce solutions in Indianapolis. EmployIndy focuses on identifying the high-demand, high-growth jobs in Marion County and providing a pipeline of skilled job seekers to fill those positions. EmployIndy manages the WorkOne network in Marion County and invests public and private funds for job training and education services to prepare a pipeline of skilled workers to fill the high demand jobs of today and in the future. Formed in 1983, EmployIndy is led by president and CEO Brooke Huntington.

Our mission is to connect Marion County employers and job seekers through a results-oriented workforce training and business solutions system dedicated to recognition of local job trends and the implementation of programs to meet the workforce needs today and in the future.

To achieve its mission, EmployIndy works closely with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Develop Indy, local employers and the local sector-based economic development organizations to develop strategies and training initiatives to help unemployed, underemployed, dislocated workers and youth find successful career pathways.

EmployIndy operates with public and private funds for planning, administration and implementation of its wide array of business and workforce training and job placement initiatives.

Interest in Sector Work: Technology advances with unprecedented entrepreneurship and as the backbone of all sectors in the 21st century, offering sustainable employment and promising career opportunities to unemployed workers. To excel as a sector initiative leader and expand EmployIndy’s ability to serve as workforce intermediary I must enrich my skills to guide systemic change to support our current initiative well into the future.

By participating in the Sector Skills Academy I hope to develop the skills to:

  • Create a scalable plan for growing PriorITize from a sector initiative focusing on targeted sub-sectors to a comprehensive, all-inclusive sector strategy.
  • Strategize alternative tactics and solutions for exceeding the projected outcomes of PriorITize and other sector initiatives.
  • Establish a strong network of colleagues and sector strategists to glean continuous improvement and best practices for expansion of sector strategies into additional industries.