RiseUp coordinator Jessica Viera to boost retail workforce development in Western Washington

Jul 13, 2023
Written by WR Communications

The Washington Retail (WR) Workforce Initiative is pleased to announce an upcoming visit by Jessica Viera, the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation’s RiseUp Outreach Coordinator, to Western Washington on August 8. The trip represents a significant expansion of WR’s ongoing efforts, guided by the organization’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles, to foster training and employment opportunities for entry-level and second-chance workers.

During her visit, Viera will engage with partners and stakeholders in roundtable events with two main objectives: to explore the potential benefits of the Rise Up certification program for workers and retail employers and foster connections between retail employers and workforce organizations.

The discussion will also focus on empowering the entry-level and second-chance workforce through upskilling and job opportunities. In addition, these events help to reinforce WR’s commitment to inclusivity and workforce development.

Key stakeholders will attend, including the Workforce Development Council, King, Skagit, and Snohomish counties chambers, local mall operators, and retailers. Two main venues will host the roundtables: the Burlington Council Chamber for Skagit County and the Southcenter Mall for King and Snohomish counties.

Those interested in contributing to this discussion are encouraged to RSVP to Kathie Davies at [email protected], indicating their preferred location. These meetings will build on the WR’s existing partnerships and provide a valuable platform for collaboration to strengthen Washington’s retail workforce.


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