Pam Nabors has a laser-focused professional vision: Make Central Florida the best destination for talent. To accomplish this, she is leading CareerSource Central Florida through a corporate cultural renaissance, championing regional partnerships and tailoring service delivery through a structured approach that meets the talent needs of local businesses. At this point, her greatest challenge is maintaining the positive momentum she has created since starting at the organization in 2012.
“This is truly my dream job,” said Nabors. “I work with highly intelligent, motivated and innovative individuals who enjoy connecting people to businesses. A great deal of job satisfaction comes with helping people identify and obtain job skills in order to find good jobs. This is a dynamic region with a lot of niche markets, which makes it that much more exciting.”
With more than 20 years of experience in workforce development and leadership, Nabors’ career progression spans roles from college career counselor, industry trainer, and training manager to planning director. Over the years, she has seen a growing number of women executives in workforce development.
“Women have an intuitiveness about relationships, and building relationships with businesses, business sector leaders, and clients is critical in this field,” she explained. “This has fostered female leadership in the community, which bodes well for the future.”
Achieving workforce goals for an entire region can be difficult, but Nabors looks to data to determine how to proceed with strategies and initiatives. For example, there are a large number of 22-44 year olds with skill sets and decent experience who want to move into middle-skill opportunities in growing sectors such as construction and manufacturing. This type of talent is in demand, so it becomes a matter of getting people ready to move into these jobs.
“You can have a degree, but you may need some additional technical skills or certifications that can tremendously impact your ability to make a higher wage,” said Nabors. “It’s not just about four-year degrees anymore; the goal is to find good fits and opportunities for people to make good livings, and this may best be accomplished with a two-year degree, one-year degree or a certification.”
One thing that has affected change in workforce development in recent years is technology. Today, social media platforms support the entire talent exchange process, transforming how Nabors and her team do their jobs. “Technology has been a good thing for workforce development. Job seekers can network from anywhere and set themselves up with the right job. This also applies to businesses looking for talent. It’s our job to offer services that embrace these technologies.”
CareerSource Central Florida covers five counties in the region and staffs approximately 250 people. Nabors relishes working with such a large team of what she describes as trusting, high-integrity individuals.
“Building relationships is something that comes naturally to me,” she said. “I’ve moved from one labor market to another during the course of my career, and I’ve had to put myself in front of businesses and organizations I knew very little about, which forced me to work hard on relationship building from scratch. It was a similar situation when I came to Orlando, but I love the process.”
Did You Know?
Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst. She talks about losses in your life that make you grow. It speaks to aging and validates what you feel at different points in your life.
When Harry Met Sally. It’s a great story and one I can watch over and over again.
Most inspirational historic figure?
Elizabeth II. This woman has been through tremendous changes in her life, and she has always been gracious and inspiring.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back