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 Executive Director of Skillful Indiana, Bill leads efforts to engage employers, educators, policymakers and workforce development organizations within Indiana to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to secure good jobs.

Bill employs his collaborative skills and knowledge of the workforce development ecosystem across Indiana to forge new cooperative partnerships, identify opportunities for impact, and deliver on Skillful’s mission to accelerate the adoption of skills-based employment practices.

Prior to Skillful Indiana, Bill was Director of Education and Development at Allison Transmission, Inc., a leading Indianapolis-based manufacturing company, where he had a 20-year track record of delivering both leadership and technical skills development and training.

Bill has served as chair of the EmployIndy Workforce Development Board and as a member of the Indiana Automotive Council and secretary of the Indiana Workforce Development Board Alliance. He is currently a board member on the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township School Board. He is a graduate of Purdue University and holds an honorary degree from Ivy Tech Community College.

In his first job as a grill cook at McDonald’s, Bill learned the importance of always doing one’s best, regardless of the task at hand!

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