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Q&A: Ellie Giles talks about her career path

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(The Daily Record / Maxmilian Franz)

Ellie Giles, Ed.D., CEO, WorkSource Montgomery Inc.

You recently changed jobs: What were you doing before and what is your new job?

My previous job was as the operations director for Montgomery Business Development Corporation (MBDC). MBDC is an apolitical organization that provides a business-friendly perspective regarding economic development issues, including strategic planning, retaining and attracting business, and legislative and regulatory advocacy.

I am excited about my new position as the CEO of WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. WSM is a talent development nonprofit connecting employers and job seekers. We work with current and new employers to support their talent needs. We also create strong talent pipelines for jobs of the future by establishing career pathways through collaboration with our great training and community resources

Why is workforce development important to you?

All change begins with people and the talent they bring to the situation.  It is so exciting to facilitate change by supporting strong connections between talent and a growth concept. This job provides me the opportunity to help individuals leverage their talent to help businesses and nonprofits flourish. It is very rewarding. I meet fascinating people every day.  I also love it because it connects all my career dots – connecting my experiences in education and economic development.

What advice do you have for other women making career changes?

Stay focused and passionate.  As long as you believe in the face in the mirror, you will succeed!

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?

My current role advances local economic development and therefore the quality life for my community. That’s extremely rewarding. I am proud of the business-to-business connections and advancements in talent development that I have spearheaded. My most recent significant accomplishment is creating and leading the Rx for Employability project. This successful industry-led career pathway model has brought together industry, community agencies and training organizations to enhance the career pathways for over 500 Montgomery County residents in the first year of implementation.

What challenges did you face along the way?

Time has always been my biggest challenge.  I dream big and tend to over commit.  Fortunately, I have a great circle of supporters who constantly are grounding me!

Favorite quote?

“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

Describe your future goals.

My goal is to continue to contribute in meaningful ways.  I love being active and purposeful.

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