Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2023

The Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy — launched in partnership by the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program — brings leaders from across the Detroit workforce ecosystem together for a year-long series of retreats, workshops, and action learning projects. The Academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all. Fellows work with leading practitioners throughout the country as they deepen networks; strengthen systems leadership skills; apply race, equity, and systems change frameworks to their work; and increase understanding of effective strategies and programs.

“This work is extremely important because it focuses on the continuous learning and development of leaders who represent the workforce ecosystem. These leaders are coming together to create solutions that impact workforce policy and systems and result in better economic outcomes for worker learners, particularly workers of color.” — Kysha Frazier, President and CEO, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

The Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy is one of eight local academies launched in 2023. Alumni of the Academy become part of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, joining Fellows from fourteen previous Academies in eleven cities in the US and Canada.