MAX Academy

The Interconnectedness of Skills-based Coaching and Equitable Approaches

Wednesday, March 29th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Powered by the Markle Foundation

Skills-based coaching focuses on exposing, expanding, and engaging the skills of job-seekers as a pathway towards obtaining quality jobs. Skills-based coaching is an equitable approach practitioners implement to empower individuals that have limited access and opportunities as a result of an over reliance on degrees and credentials. With the needs of the workforce shifting skills-based coaching is well-positioned to move beyond a career coaching strategy and emerge as the standard for effective career coaching. 

The objective of this workshop is to provide a framework that will allow practitioners to explore the interconnectedness of equitable approaches and skills-based coaching facilitated through an interactive learning experience. Participants will be able to evaluate current strategies, and explore additional methods for applying an equitable and skills-based approach in interactions with job seekers.  

Trenae Thomas, Manager, Career Coaching Initiatives, with the Markle Foundation, will lead the workshop.

The MAX Academy will take place on Wednesday, March 29th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, DeKalb Conference Center – 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Both IAWP and NAWDP recognize training programs held through the MAX Academy as relevant training hours for their certification programs. Hours spent attending MAX Academy workshops can count as training hours for earning a Certified Workforce Professional (CWP) credential from IAWP and also as professional development (continuing education) hours for CWP recertification. For NAWDP’s Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), NAWDP will accept MAX Academy training hours toward the professional development hours required for CWDP recertification.


Join us for a day of learning and networking! The registration fee for this training is $25.00 for MAX members and $45.00 for non-members.

Because we recognize the value of having multiple team members from the same organization participate so concepts and practices may be discussed and reinforced, discounts are available when multiple staff from the same agency register for the workshop as follows:

·        MAX Members: $25.00 for the first registration and $15.00 for each additional registration from the same organization.

·        Non-Members: $45.00 for the first registration and $35.00 for each additional registration from the same organization.


Launched in 2014, the mission of MAX is to advance economic competitiveness in the Atlanta region by strengthening connections, collaborations, and practices among workforce developers and organizations engaged in workforce development.

The MAX Academy offers professional development and capacity building training workshops to help workforce development professionals develop new skills, learn best practices, and engage in peer-to-peer learning.

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