MUS June 2022 

Spring Convening


Rebuilding the Workforce through

Innovation & Best Practice


June 6 - 9, 2022 


Convening Sponsors



Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) is an industry association representing the workforce development boards (WDBs) of the major metro areas across the Midwest region. Member areas include Wichita (KS), Kansas City (MO), Minneapolis (MN), Milwaukee (WI), Chicago (IL), Gary (IN), Indianapolis (IN), Detroit (MI), Cleveland (OH), Columbus (OH), Canton (OH), Cincinnati (Oh), and Pittsburgh (PA). These WDBs organize through MUS to advocate for effective workforce policy and investment, learn together about the tenets of emerging promising practices and work to understand how they scale and network to improve the leadership capacity of WDBs across the region.


MUS hosts biannual convenings with its members to explore local innovations and to curate space for peer-to-peer networking.  These convenings bring the membership together in one member area to do a deep dive into that local’s workforce system. This year is the first time we are back together post Covid.  We are convening in Indianapolis June 6th – 9th, focusing on Employ Indy’s Talent Matching initiative: Work Wednesday as well as their opportunity youth program, YES Indy. On Thursday we will launch the partnership between MUS, Better Health Better Pay, and our MCO network.


Wednesday, June 6-9, 2022 6:00 PM EST


JW Marriott Indianapolis & Right Here at www.musvirtual.com

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Midwest Urban Strategies Spring Convening – Employ Indy 2.0 Rebuilding the Workforce through Innovation and Best Practice. Please join us to share innovation and best practices!
Jun 06, 6:00 PM EDT – Jun 09, 4:30 PM EDT
JW Marriott- Indianapolis,
10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Workforce Innovators Awards Luncheon - 10/20/21

Workforce Innovators Awards Luncheon - 10/20/21

Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) has created the first-of-its-kind cohort. Seventeen professionals were nominated for their roles as emerging leaders in workforce development, specifically related to their efforts around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be the inaugural participants. By recognizing the tremendous individual work of each leader, Workforce Innovators offers a platform for mentorship, collaborative brainstorming, and idea-sharing to leverage best practices and incubate new philosophies. Tracey Carey leads Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS), a consortium of 13 of the largest urban workforce boards in the Midwest. With more than $20 million in federal and philanthropic investment and a growing portfolio of business and service partners, MUS delivers high value resource to its members. The consortium’s mission is to grow business investment and expand and diversify talent in the Midwest. Prior to her tenure with MUS, Ms. Carey enjoyed nearly two decades of service developing and supporting workforce development programs and strategies. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Tracey facilitated the summer youth employment program that provided first jobs for more than 500 young people annually. She also developed and facilitated training programs for opportunity youth that reengaged them in school and/or work. In 2014 she joined Employ Milwaukee, the workforce development board for Milwaukee County (WI) as the Director of Fund Development & Strategic Initiatives. While serving in that capacity, Ms. Carey raised an additional $13 million dollars and supported the startup of MUS. Then, in 2018, she left Milwaukee to join the staff at Partner4Work, the workforce development board for the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, PA. As the Chief Strategy Officer. At P4W, Tracey led a team of innovators working to improve workforce development practice, including the restart of the area’s workforce funding collaborative. Through her leadership, P4W brought more than $10 million dollars to the region in her first year. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Summa cum laude, Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Center for Non-Profit Management, and Business and Economic Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council.
Building Back Better: A Conversation and Congressional Roundtable 10/21/21

Building Back Better: A Conversation and Congressional Roundtable 10/21/21

As MUS prepares to meet the moment that has emerged from the economic challenges from COVID-19, it has reached out to policy makers to understand what to expect from infrastructure funding and the budget necessary to train and support those workers dislocated during this economic recession. We want to hear from our elected officials about their priorities for improving the workforce and how they anticipate those priorities being funded. This session will include remarks from elected leaders and department staff and provide an opportunity to dialogue with them about the work we are doing in our local areas to respond to the needs of employers and job seekers. Invited: Rep Krishnamoorthi, Senator Baldwin & More! U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised by her grandparents in the Badger State. She graduated from Madison West High School and went on to double-major in political science and mathematics at Smith College. In 1989, she received her law degree from UW-Madison. She served on the Madison Common Council; was elected to four terms on the Dane County Board of Supervisors; and in 1992, was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving three terms. In 1998, Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District elected her to Congress and after serving 14 years in the House of Representatives, Baldwin was elected to the United States Senate in 2012. She was reelected in 2018. Senator Baldwin serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and is the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration. She is also a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Per Scholas Presentation 10/22/21

Per Scholas Presentation 10/22/21

Per Scholas has operated as one of the oldest intermediaries in the technology space and have demonstrated performance outcomes that document the success of their training and programming. They are a national provider and have a strong presence in our region. This session will give us the opportunity to learn more about this nationally recognized model and discuss ways that we might be able to partner together to advance job seekers interested in a career in the technology industry. The Per Scholas staff is led by CEO and President Plinio Ayala. He was born and raised in the South Bronx just as it grew into a national emblem for urban poverty and disinvestment. His experience instilled a lifelong passion for creating economic opportunity, and shortly after graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in American Studies, he devoted his career to building “win-win” solutions to social and economic problems, first at Jobs for Youth and then at SoBro, and finally, Per Scholas. In 2003, he became President and CEO of Per Scholas and has been instrumental in all the organization’s achievements since then -- from evolving its original mission, which was to bridge the digital divide by refurbishing end-of-life computer equipment for new use in families and schools, to its accelerating national growth today. In the process, he has incubated strong organizational capacities to respond to changing market conditions, pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and embrace rigorous measurements of impact. He often says that he can imagine no greater satisfaction than seeing people from diverse backgrounds channel all their capabilities. passion and curiosity into life-transforming technology careers. Plinio sits on the boards of the Workforce Professional Training Institute, Economic Mobility Partners, and SoBro. He has also served on the New York State Workforce Recovery Strategy committee since 2020. He has received numerous honors, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award in 2019, Newscorp’s Murdoch Community Hero Award in 2018, and Hispanic Community Leader of the Year by Crain’s New York in 2016, among others.