Shemia Williams, workforce development advocate, has been named Director of Programs for Charlotte Works effective February 2019. The role was previously held by new Chief Operating Officer, Anna London.
Charlotte Works, Mecklenburg County’s workforce development board, ensures the growing region has a skilled workforce that meets current and future needs of employers through collaborations and partnerships with businesses, government, education and training, and community partners.
“I am excited about the role because it gives me the opportunity to develop and strengthen community partnerships to serve the needs of our community,” says Williams. “It also allows me to increase community access to education and training opportunities that promote upward mobility, as well as to ensure that Charlotte Works’ programs and services meet the local workforce system’s needs.”
Williams started her tenure with Charlotte Works in 2013. Her experience in talent acquisition, business development, academic advising, career coaching, and operations and account management positioned her well to serve at Charlotte Works in roles that include Career Coach, Business Service Representative, and Business Project Manager before she assumed the role of Director of Job Coordination.
Williams participated in the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce’s first Innovation Forum and Showcase in Washington, D.C. in 2018 where she was able to highlight the job coordination efforts she successfully led to assist filling the workforce needs aligned to Health Career Pathways national initiative.
“Shemia has been instrumental in helping to transform lives, families, and economic status for people and businesses in our community,” says Anna London.