Meet our President and CEO
President and CEO
Always one to embrace a challenge, Pam led the agency through both significant reputation repair, as well as a complete financial and operational overhaul in her first year on the job, in 2012. Pam’s vision is focused on making Central Florida the best destination for talent. To accomplish that vision, she is leading CareerSource Central Florida through a corporate culture renaissance, championing regional partnerships and tailoring service delivery through a concierge approach that meets the talent needs of businesses.
With 20+ years of experience in workforce development and leadership, Pam’s career progression spans roles from college career counselor, industry trainer, and training manager to planning director. Prior to joining CareerSource Central Florida, Pam directed program operations for Capital Workforce Partners, the Workforce Investment Board in Hartford, Conn., and worked as workforce planning director for Brevard Workforce Development Board in Cocoa. She has also taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in career development, human resources, and psychology.
Pam earned the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential with a Management endorsement from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). She is often invited to serve on executive search panels for colleges and workforce agencies, as well as review grant proposals for federal labor programs and national associations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the State University of New York College at Buffalo (which could partially explain her unwavering support of the Buffalo Bills), and a Master’s Degree in Personnel Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.
Pam loves music, movies, traveling, and the arts; her music trivia skills are second to none! She is also an active member of the US Conference of Mayors, Workforce Development Council, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Junior Achievement, Orlando Economic Development Commission Board of Directors and many other civic boards.
Pam is relentless in her commitment to innovation and talent development for the Central Florida community and the national workforce development system. She has been recognized for this passion by several partner organizations. Capital Workforce Partners named her Employee of the Year in 2008, or the “hardest working woman in workforce development”. More recently, she was honored as one of the Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Executives of the Year in 2015, and again as a CEO of the Year in 2016. She was also honored in 2015 by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council with the Woman of Distinction, Visionary (Courage) Award. Pam is also excited this year to be chosen as a member of Leadership Florida Class XXXVI.
Central Florida 100 Blog Posts:
This week: 15 Years of the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) celebrated its 15th anniversary recently with a “Celebration of Collaboration” in Orlando. To say that tens of thousands of Central Florida businesses and business...
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This week: Jobs Outnumber Those Needing Them For the first time on record, the number of jobs available in this country is greater than the number of those seeking them. Many are in industries with high-growth potential, especially in our region, like professional and...