Ladies, lead the way

Becky Frankiewicz, Manpower Group North America president and a guest Thursday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” indicated that the future is looking promising, with jobs stable across the country in “all 13 segments of the economy — whether travel and leisure, transportation, utility, we’re seeing growth across the board.”

Even so, along with a strange plateau of wages, another problem is that there is a serious skills gap. There are jobs, and good ones, but not enough skilled workers.

Women could play a role in filling that gap. With more than 70 percent of mothers working — 75 percent full time — and those same moms comprising 40 percent of sole earners, our women’s workforce is a strong demographic for retraining for that needed skill set. It’s time. The U.S. has lagged behind other industrialized nations when it comes to its female workforce. It’s time we all understand that women are a key component to the national GDP.

Furthermore, the future of the gross domestic product, as economists know it, is closely tied to the way children see their parents working — particularly, U.S. mothers, who have led the effort toward our own brand of GDP (great development of people) precisely when it comes to our nation’s youngest and most vulnerable people who themselves are filled with so much potential.

Moms play a powerful part, hands down, in laying the groundwork for our nation’s children and their future. When mothers continue to learn, their children benefit.

Click here to read Bonnie Toomey’s complete article published on the Sentinel & Enterprise Community website.

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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