As CEO of Skillful, Beth Cobert employs her extensive experience in talent management and partnership development, as well as her acumen for harnessing the constructive potential of new technologies. 

Since her appointment as the organization's CEO in April 2017, Beth has drawn upon her skills as a seasoned and collaborative leader by working in partnership with others to evolve and expand the program and deliver results. 

Prior to Skillful, Beth honed her leadership skills as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under President Obama. Under Beth's direction, OPM embraced new technology to improve customer service and cyber security and championed recruiting, development, and advancement practices to support a talented and diverse federal workforce. Before her time at OPM, Beth served as the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Beth began her career at McKinsey & Company, where she became a Senior Partner and worked with clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, healthcare, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropy.

Beth is a member of the Board of Directors of CBRE Group, Inc. and the Princeton University Board of Trustees. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from Stanford University. 

At her first job as a fabric-folder in an assembly line at a textile factory, Beth learned the importance of communicating with her teammates.

As Executive Director of Skillful Colorado, Shannon and her team are working to bring a future of skills to the future of work. With more than a decade of leadership experience, Shannon is a pragmatic and collaborative leader, adept at bringing people together to solve complex problems. She approaches issues holistically, helps her team think strategically about solutions and fosters a strong network of partners with a shared interest in strengthening Colorado’s workforce and economic development. 

Prior to Skillful, Shannon served as CEO of the Denver Zoo, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, and World Forward Foundation. She is deeply engaged in the Colorado community and serves on multiple boards including the Women’s Forum of Colorado, the Regional Executive Committee of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Children’s Hospital Quality and Safety Board, and the Colorado-based Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Community Advisory Council.

At her first job as a Playground Leader for the Parks and Recreation Department, Shannon learned the importance of having a daily plan, knowing where the first aid kit is located, and keeping popsicles handy.

As Director of Skillful Colorado, Joe Barela oversees Skillful’s Coaching and Data Initiatives. 

Since joining Skillful in late 2017, Joe and his team have overseen the launch of Skillful's Coaching Initiative's two programs: the Governor's Coaching Corps and the Coaching Community of Practice. In his work on Skillful's Data Initiative, Joe and his team seek to increase educational and workforce data transparency and accessibility so that the entire workforce ecosystem can make high-quality, data-driven decisions.

Prior to Skillful, Joe worked as Workforce Director at Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center (ADWorks!) for 12 years, where he oversaw a staff of more than 100. While at ADWorks!, Joe served the U.S. Department of Labor in 2015 as a Senior Advisor; he helped coordinate the U.S. Department of Labor's implementation of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) at state and local levels. 

Joe is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He furthered his skillset by obtaining two certificates: in 2007, he completed the University of Colorado at Boulder's Executive Development Program, and in 2014, he finished the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania's Workforce Leadership Development Program.

Joe’s first job was as a toxic waste site irrigation technician, where he learned the importance of attention to detail, teamwork, and workplace safety.

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