Michelle Zieziula has 32 years of experience serving private, education, and public sectors through manufacturing, university, economic and workforce development forums. She brings to her role 22 years of experience in the workforce sector currently serving as the Senior Vice President & Chief Impact Officer for CareerSource Tampa Bay, She has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of a WDB for 13 years, as the Regional Director of Operations for the Philadelphia Workforce System, providing oversight and management of projects and programs that support business and job seeker services and as a Senior Consultant for Public Consulting Group serving as a subject matter expert for local, regional, state, and national governments and non-profits.
Ms. Zieziula has provided consultation to management and leaders in the workforce development arena most recently in, PA, CA, TX, MO, NJ, IL, CO, RI, MA and FL, for determining and clarifying strategic and operational effectiveness. She specializes in facilitating large group conversations, organizational behavior and design approaches, developing cross-functional and shared leadership teams, convening and working with sector based initiatives, creating technology-based solutions for workforce systems, and designing data focused operational strategies.
She has served as a board member, Chair and Executive Committee member of Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association; as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the Destination Erie Regional Plan; as a member of the Business Advisory Board for the Department of Business & Economics at Edinboro University; as a member of the Highmark Western Pennsylvania Workforce Initiative Advisory Committee; as a member of the Workforce Development Advisory Panel for the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Development Department; as a member of the United Way Economic Impact Council; as a member of the Erie Pennsylvania Lead Economic Development Team; as a steering committee member for the NWPA Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Initiative; as a Marano Fellow for the Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy; and as a Trustee for the Jefferson Educational Society; a non-profit institution founded to promote civic enlightenment, and community progress for the Erie Region through the study, research and discussion of those ideas and events that have influenced the human condition.
She currently serves as a member of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority’s Transit Management Committee Technical Advisory Group; the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council’s Business Development Committee; the Tampa Bay Chamber Workforce Development Committee; and the Tampa Bay Chamber Policy Advisory Committee Meeting.
Ms. Zieziula has been awarded numerous distinctions for her work and that of her organizations including: the National Association of Workforce Boards, 2007 Theodore E. Small Distinguished Honoree for commitment to the advancement of a competitive American workforce; Economic Development Corporation Excellence Award for the creation of substantial job opportunities through capital investment in Erie, PA and Women’s Roundtable 2012 Woman of the Year Finalist.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the School of Architecture & Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo, with dual Certificates of Specialization in Urban Design and Community and Economic Development Planning, and has additional certifications for Effective Facilitator, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP for Business) and Sectoral Strategies.