We are thrilled to announce that Shannon Block joined the Skillful team today as Executive Director of Skillful Colorado. Shannon will lead efforts to encourage the adoption of skills-based training and employment practices in the state.

At Skillful, we are intent on expanding our impact on Colorado businesses, helping to create opportunities for job seekers and workers, as well as scaling our statewide reach. Shannon’s leadership will be critical as we continue to shift Colorado towards a labor market in which skills are the most valued currency, and engage with more employers and organizations that work with employers.

Shannon will lead the Skillful Colorado team to move more organizations from interest in skills-based practices to full adoption of these practices. She will engage with the training and education community to encourage data transparency so Coloradans can more easily access the information and education they need to secure good jobs, and will support our program to help career coaches from across the state be more effective in connecting Coloradans to great opportunities.

Under Shannon’s direction, Skillful Colorado will also expand its reach within the state. For example, in the coming months, Skillful Colorado will be co-piloting an initiative in rural southwest Colorado with the Telluride Foundation to explore ways to support displaced workers in finding sustainable employment. In addition, the second Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps includes participants representing every corner of the state, with career coaches from 15 Colorado communities.

Shannon is a strong leader with proven strategic planning and operational skills that she developed through increasingly greater leadership roles over time at Deloitte and Denver Health and as CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and the Denver Zoo. She has great energy, heart for our important work and is excited to roll up her sleeves and lead the next phase of growth and impact for Skillful Colorado.

Shannon is deeply engaged in the Colorado community and serves on multiple boards including the Women’s Forum of Colorado, the Regional Executive Committee of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Children’s Hospital Quality and Safety Board, and the Colorado-based Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Community Advisory Council.

We’re so glad to have Shannon on board as we continue to work with partners around the state to contribute to the strength of Colorado’s workforce and economic development!