Prosper Jefferson: Workforce Development & Recruitment Strategy
The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce in partnership with JEDCO bring you a Prosper Jefferson Seminar Series on Workforce Development and Recruitment Strategy sponsored by OnPath Federal Credit Union. Hear from experts about how to hire, train, support, and retain your workforce.
Business progress is powered by people. That’s why it’s vital to find and train a dynamic, skilled workforce to meet the needs of your company. By investing in training programs, mentorship initiatives, and continuous learning opportunities, businesses can enhance the capabilities of their employees, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to adapt to evolving industry trends. Add on an effective recruitment strategy, which allows companies to attract top-tier talent to build high-performing teams that drive innovation and productivity, and you have a recipe for success.
In the Greater New Orleans region, there are many programs and tools available to help attract, train, and retain quality employees. Hosted by JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, this Prosper Jefferson seminar will connect you to experts in workforce development and recruitment who can share their best tips and tools to grow your business with help from our talented local workforce. Topics include:
Available workforce development tools for local businesses
Specialized recruitment tools to help you hire quality job seekers who meet your business needs
HR best practices to attract and retain quality employees
This seminar will feature:
Phillip Carrillo, Crescent Payroll
Mary Lachapele & Osmar Padilla, GNO Inc. - WorkNola
Phillip Carrillo, Director HR Services, Crescent
Philip Carrillo joined Crescent as the first HR Advisor in 2020 and built the HR services division from the ground up, merging his two passions, product development and consultative HR. He oversees the strategic direction of the empact hr division of Crescent, helping the team of HR Advisors deliver the best-quality HR and business support and strategies.
Philip's experience ranges from product development, marketing, and corporate strategy to HR operations, recruiting, and benefits in the legal tech sector. Philip has managed human capital operations and fast-paced, high-volume recruiting in almost all 50 states and in the UK at several Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. Philip transitioned from in-house Director to consulting on topics ranging from performance, learning management, and compliance as well as business strategy.
Education: Master of Business Administration, Tulane University; Bachelor of Arts, University of Houston
Mary Lachapelle, Director of Strategic Business Intelligence, GNO Inc.
Mary Lachapelle is the newly appointed Director of Strategic Business Intelligence at Greater New Orleans, Inc., the regional economic development organization serving Southeast Louisiana. She develops data-driven, future-focused, competitive insights to inform and guide the strategic execution of GNO, Inc.'s mission to create a region with a thriving economy and an excellent quality of life, for everyone. In her previous role as Talent Solutions Manager, she led regional talent attraction and retention initiatives, cultivating partnerships with higher education, training, and workforce centers to convene targeted talent pipelines, and providing recruitment strategy support to local employers. Before joining GNO, Inc., she most recently served as Vice President of Growth at Tech Talent & Strategy, a technical training, staffing, and recruiting firm. Lachapelle was twice recognized as one of the most influential and active people in tech in Louisiana, and gained cross-industrial experience in consulting, staffing and recruiting, retail, e-commerce, education, film, event production, entertainment, healthcare, and nonprofit sectors. Her experience afforded her expertise in data-driven growth strategy and execution, business development, B2B sales, strategic partnerships, growth marketing, talent attraction, recruitment and retention, and workforce development. Lachapelle earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and digital media production from Tulane University. She resides in Orleans Parish where she’s an active member of the local Francophile community, a volunteer at House of Prayer Church, a Young Fellow of the New Orleans Museum of Art, a member of the NOLA SHRM chapter, and a passionate explorer of Greater New Orleans’ culinary scene.
Osmar Padilla, Director of Workforce Programs, GNO Inc.
Osmar Padilla is the Director of Workforce Programs at Greater New Orleans, Inc. At the intersection of higher education and employer partnerships, Osmar has spent his career developing workforce development programs and initiatives. Before joining GNO, Inc., Osmar served as Apprenticeships Manager at the University of New Orleans and as the Statewide Workforce Development Coordinator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health. He also spent several years at Emory University in Atlanta as the Assistant Program Manager of Corporate Learning and Partnerships. At Emory, he developed workforce strategies for Fortune 500 companies across several industry sectors aimed at aligning internal and external talent pipelines. Before moving to Atlanta, Osmar served as the Program Coordinator for Custom & On-Site Training Programs at Louisiana State University, where he designed and implemented workforce development solutions for public and private employers throughout Louisiana. Osmar holds a bachelor’s degree in Disaster Management and a master’s degree in Workforce Development, both from LSU.