Dayl Walker

Dayl Walker

Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Program Manager, Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Hartford, CT

Dayl Walker has been a program manager with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) since 1998, where she works with businesses state-wide to support innovative educational programs. Prior to CBIA she co-founded a state-accredited private school for troubled adolescents in New Jersey and was an account manager for Digital Equipment Corporation working with Connecticut manufacturing companies. While at CBIA, she designed the curriculum as well as recruited and trained 120 corporate volunteers for the first Youth Employability Skills (YES) Academy, designed to teach 180 urban high school students the skills they need to get hired and retain jobs. This program has become a national model. In 2007 she co-chaired of the design team for the new Academy of Engineering and Green Technology in Hartford, where she continues to work on internships and work-based learning for students. Dayl has a BS in Education from Wheelock College and an Ed. M. in Educational Administration from Harvard University. She lives in Farmington, CT with her grown children’s stuff, and her big fluffy rescue dog, Bob.

Dayl Walker is a member of the Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at