June 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
Zoom / Webinar
Beth Mckenney

Wise Webinar a Day Series: 

Effective Strategies for Working with Large Employers

Please join us on Tuesday, June 2nd for our webinar, Effective Strategies for Working with Large Employers” with Paula Johnson and Cindy Burns.

Employer engagement that leads to good jobs and careers for people with disabilities continues to be one of the most challenging and time-consuming activities for employment service agencies. Large employers often have open positions but it can be a challenge to get to the right person or hiring manager within the company.  This session will present successful strategies to identify and research large employers, make good connections at those companies, and develop long-term relationships that lead to quality employment outcomes.

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • Utilize local labor market information to identify large employers
  • Identify strategies for connecting to key personnel in large companies
  • Navigate LinkedIn in order to research large employers
  • Navigate LinkedIn in order to connect with colleagues with connections to large employers
  • Identify at least three activities that can be implemented immediately to develop a relationship with a large employer


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There are no refunds for those that do not attend the scheduled webinar. If you do miss the webinar, we will provide you with a code to access the next webinar free. 

Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here.

Paula Johnson

Paula has 40+ years of experience in job development, job analysis, career planning, marketing, staff training, and management.  During her nine-years at the University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, she directed California’s Supported Employment statewide training projects and led the California Corporate Initiative.  She served as the Senior Director of Best Buddies Jobs and led the expansion of ten employment programs across the US and Latin America.  Paula is currently a National Consultant with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Project SEARCH and assists employers and agencies with the development of Project SEARCH training programs in the western US.  She serves on the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) National Board as the Regional Delegate for the Northwest and Pacific region and is the Treasurer for Oregon APSE.  Paula also serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (Wise), a Seattle based training and technical assistance agency that promotes community integrated employment for people with disabilities.  Her passion for equitable employment for people with disabilities grows with each passing year.

Cindy Burns

Cindy has more than 25 years of experience in employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the State of Georgia. During this time, she developed many partnerships with local employers and served on several community boards and committees which led to job creation for people with disabilities.  She is currently a National Consultant for Project SEARCH and assists employers, schools, community rehabilitation agencies, and funding agencies with the development of new internship programs in 5 southern states.  Cindy is based in Savannah Georgia.

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