The Bottom Line: Workforce initiative receives two-year grant from state

New talent pipeline system leader named
LaKisha Miller
LaKisha Miller

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center announced Friday an extension of their partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet and the promotion of Lakisha Miller to talent pipeline system leader.

The two-year agreement between the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the state cabinet will support the work of team members with local employers across the state to help fill workforce gaps seen in many sectors.

Since launching in the beginning of 2019, the workforce center team has convened 26 industry collaboratives engaging nearly 200 employers who are working together to strengthen their talent pipelines.

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center announced the promotion of LaKisha Miller to talent pipeline system leader to head up these efforts. In her new role, Miller will be leading Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) initiative statewide into phase II with a sharp focus on building workforce solutions to advance the careers of Kentuckians while ensuring Kentucky has the workforce needed for economic recovery and growth in a post-COVID world.

Miller was one of the first project managers hired for the TPM project and has been with the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center for almost two years. During that time, she established a strong foundation for employer collaboration in the Northern Kentucky and TENCO regions including convening healthcare leaders in Maysville area to address the nursing shortage (among other projects).

Beth Davisson, executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center said, “LaKisha has been a talented and vital member of the TPM team since the program’s inception. She is incredibly creative, has built workforce solutions based on the needs of employers, and is a natural leader who knows how to place her team first. When the position opened up, many quickly tapped LaKisha as the next leader, both internally and externally. She is already hitting the ground running, and I have no doubt LaKisha will continue to elevate the TPM team and the workforce center to a new level as Kentucky’s talent pipeline system leader.”

Miller earned her bachelor’s in business majoring in marketing from Xavier University. Prior to her role at the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, Miller worked as a learning and development senior manager at Fidelity Investments for more than 10 years. She was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands and lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband Steve and their daughter, Brielle.