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Career Coaching Program Aims to Increase Leadership Diversity at Dane County Workplaces

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The Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison (LPA) and the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals(ULGMYP) are partnering to bring a career coaching program for emerging leaders to grow their careers at their workplace. Talent Connections will officially launch in 2016 and provides one-on-one coaching with experienced professionals from both the LPA and ULGMYP. The coaches will be recruited from area companies.

“Talent Connections is not only a great resource for professionals early in their careers, but also a value to workplaces that are looking to retain young, diverse talent,” explained Sandy Morales, LPA President. “All of us need a coach or mentor to help us advance our careers and we’re glad we can bring our resources together to prepare professionals for their next step.”

The program is focused on helping LPA and ULGMYP members overcome many of the obstacles they encounter when entering and advancing the workforce, including developing a peer and mentor network with similar backgrounds and complimentary experience. The program is also ideal for companies wanting to increase Latino and African American professionals in their workforce that may not otherwise have the resources to develop a targeted recruiting/retention program themselves.

This is the first time two organizations focused on professional development are working together to ensure talent remains in Dane County. “We are excited to partner and meet the needs of our members who are looking to build their management and leadership skills” explained Corinda Rainey-Moore, Interim President of ULGMYP. “After this program, participants will have clear defined goals and action steps to their next promotion or job.”

Companies interested in sponsoring their employee or the program, or participating as coaches can contact information@lpamadison.org. For more details regarding the program and to apply, click here.