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December 8, 2023

Meet Mahdi, the Workforce Partnership’s compliance analyst and board liaison, working with a variety of stakeholders across the organization. Here, Mahdi tells us what workforce development means to him and how he enjoys spending his time outside of the office.

If you had $30,000 to donate to a workforce development program, what would you want done with it?

Mahdi Shkara Updated

If I were fortunate enough to donate $30,000 to a workforce development program, my primary goal would be to maximize the impact on individuals’ lives and contribute to their long-term success by collaborating with industry leaders to align workforce development programs with the current needs of the job market. I would use this donation to establish partnerships with business and industry experts. This would facilitate the development of tailored training programs and increase the likelihood of program graduates finding employment.

What do you like best about working in workforce development?

As a refugee who sought to rebuild my life by overcoming significant challenges, I was impacted positively by the workforce development programs. I’m proud that as someone who once benefited from the programs our organization provide, I am now an integral part of this organization. It is a constant reminder of the tangible and lasting change we can create through workforce development. Additionally, being part of an organization that makes meaningful impact on individuals’ lives, contribute to their professional growth, witnessing the transformation that occurs when those individuals acquire new skills, find employment opportunities and build successful careers, is incredibly rewarding.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Mahdi Shkara Featured ImageI am an avid swimmer and nature enthusiast. Spending time outdoor not only helps me stay physically active, but also provides a great way to clear my mind and recharge. Traveling is a huge passion of mine. Experiencing new cultures, meeting people from diverse backgrounds and exploring different landscapes are all things that energize and fulfill me outside of work.

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