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Sacramento’s Commitment to Community through Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development

Community Service, Coworking, Entrepreneurship, Event Recap, Hiring, Human Resources, Information Technology, Innovation, Innovation in the Public Sector, KAI Partners, KAIP Academy, Learning, Non-profit, Public Sector, Sacramento, Startup Company, Technology, The WorkShop, Training, Workforce Development

By Lucie-Anne Radimsky, CSPO

It’s an exciting time to be in Sacramento—especially if you’re looking at it from the perspective of our sports franchises. From the King’s most successful season in over 10 years to a potential Major League Soccer bid and subsequent arena built in the Railyards—the sky is the limit and our local economy benefits from this success.

Beyond making headlines in the sports pages, nothing screams vibrant economy like a strong workforce and a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

KAI Partners takes our community engagement role seriously. Our leadership not only makes community engagement possible—they make it a priority. Community engagement is fundamental to our values, and it is what helps us continue to thrive as an organization.

KAI Partners recently had the opportunity to participate in two events focused on community engagement through workforce development and entrepreneurship.

The first event, sponsored by Valley Vision, was the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Advisory Committee meeting. This event brought together educators and employers to continue to push forward important work around developing the ICT Workforce and relevant pathways.

A strong turnout by educators allowed for interesting discussions around curriculum and its relevance to various industries’ skill demands. In the future, I hope more employers attend events like these. Employers are one of the most important stakeholders in this ongoing conversation and after the ICT meeting, one thing was clear:

More exchange is needed between educators and employers.

An exercise we performed within our breakout group highlighted this disconnect between employers and academics. We were given two job descriptions and were asked to give feedback on the skills—both technical and soft skills—needed to perform these jobs. We found that the technical requirements that employers associated with specific degrees did not match the actual skills acquired through that academic program and were outdated. This highlighted another reason why all stakeholders must work in tandem to ensure perception matches reality.

Next up on KAI Partners’ agenda was Pitch Week, sponsored by Sacramento State’s Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The day-long event included two afternoon sessions of startup pitches sponsored by StartupSac and Future Four & More (an annual regional Business Concept Competition for northern California community college and California State University students, hosted by one of the participating schools in the region).

According to Katherine Cota, the Executive Director at the Carlsen Center, “The purpose of this event is to develop business startups, boost economic development, encourage entrepreneurial thinking, connect students to angel investors and venture capitalists, and provide them with a wider, regional network of students, mentors, and professionals.”

From a plant-based prepared meal service exclusively for kids, to a blockchain solution to reduce efficiencies for real estate land registries, it was gratifying to see entrepreneurs of every age and creed participate.

The future looks bright and KAI Partners looks forward to continuing to support the innovation ecosystem.

We will continue to partner with academia, non-profits and public servants alike to ensure our region becomes stronger, more innovative, and more resilient. KAI Partners is always looking to meet new people, support organizations, and help cultivate solutions—especially solutions around public sector innovation.

We’d love to get to know you better—drop us a line in the comments below, or stop by our coworking and collaboration space, The WorkShop Sacramento.

About the Author: Lucie-Anne has over 15 years’ experience in communications and business development in the U.S. and Europe, on behalf of start-ups and non-profits. She has represented clients within the technology, energy, and telecommunications sectors to government agencies, press, and industry analysts throughout the world. Lucie-Anne has both American and E.U. citizenship. She is fluent in English and French. Lucie-Anne is an active community volunteer and has served on numerous non-profit boards and led alumni groups in Paris, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. She currently resides in Sacramento with her Brazilian husband and two boys.

KAI Partners News You Can Use

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There’s always a lot going on at KAI Partners—from training opportunities to networking events to new job listings, we always have something afoot! Today we wanted to share with you some KAI Partners news you can use!

Professional Development

Our training division, KAIP Academy, has some great courses coming up, including:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam prep (4-day course)
  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) Certification via Scrum Alliance (2-day course)
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) Certification via Scrum Alliance (2-day course)
  • ITIL Foundation 4.0 certification exam prep (2-day course)
  • PMI-ACP certification exam prep (3-day course)
For more information, including course schedule and registration, click here.

Collaboration Destination

Our coworking space in East Sacramento—The WorkShop Sacramento—recently turned one year old!

To celebrate, we are offering a free day of coworking any weekday through April 15, 2019.

If you’re reading this after April 15th, not to worry—our daily drop-in rate is only $20, which is probably what you spend on parking and beverages at the coffeeshop where you normally work! Since we have free parking and coffee, the decision is easy! Come join us at 3301 C St., Bldg. 1000.

We are Hiring!

KAI Partners is hiring for a Managed Services Systems Engineer. The Managed Services Systems Engineer will support the completion of critical infrastructure management tasks, provide Tier 1 support to clients, configure new computers for deployment, and more.

For more information or to apply (and to view all our current job openings), click here.

Events for Everyone

In addition to being a place to rest your laptop, The WorkShop is also an event space! Here are some upcoming events taking place at The WorkShop:

Innovation Corner

We are all about innovation in the public sector, so we wanted to highlight some great innovation happening in that space.

Innovation doesn’t have to be technology forward. Yuba and Sutter Counties recently innovated their mental healthcare services by implementing a new partnership and best practices.

Check out this quick video discussing the Counties’ new venture.

KAI Partners Internship Program

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KAI Partners recently graduated the second cohort of our Internship Program in Sacramento! With interns from Sacramento City College and Sierra College, we were honored to have such hard-working interns adding value to our Special Projects team for the past few months.

We wanted to check in with our interns to get their feedback on the internship program. Here’s what they had to say:

Sumayyah Jackson: Since I was young, I have been exposed to IT consulting—my aunt is in the Organizational Change Management (OCM) field and my father is an IT Consultant. While I had some prior knowledge, IT is not something I usually focus on, so I knew this internship would be stepping out of my comfort zone. I have always been open to change and learning, so this opportunity caused excitement rather than fear.

During my time at KAI Partners, I learned about each field in IT Consulting and I was able to gain background on these fields by interviewing a few of my colleagues. I became a Certified ScrumMaster, learning the ins and outs of the Agile/Scrum methodology. I learned to facilitate meetings, assisted in planning and executing events, and mapped out Business Process Diagrams using the BPMN 2.0 standards. Overall, this internship sparked an extreme interest in me for IT and Business. My internal personal skills strengthened along with my analytical and research skills.

Shyanne Long: I wanted to be an Intern for KAI Partners for a few reasons. I have family members who either are currently in the business or were previously in a similar line of work. However, they were never able to give a solid answer of what they actually did on a daily basis for work. I never had a clear understanding until I started working at KAI Partners.

The KAI Partners Internship Program exceeded my expectations! I was able to become a Certified ScrumMaster and practice using Scrum methods throughout the program. I learned how to create and maintain a LinkedIn profile, how to plan and execute events, and how to write a blog post. I also learned BPMN 2.0 standards and applied them by mapping KAI Partners’ business processes. I supported special projects, the communication team, and the business development team. I was forced out of my comfort zone many times with facilitating meetings, events, and conducting interviews with team members. It felt great to do things I never thought I could do before!

Says Stephen Alfano, KAI Partners’ Fall 2018 Intern Program Manager, “I’ve participated in many internship programs in my career. Of all the programs that I helped construct and lead, this one was the most rewarding for me personally. In addition to helping me drive special projects forward faster, this program provided me with a golden opportunity to deliver on our firm’s workforce development and diversity agenda—creating commercial value for our business in the process.”

Stephen continues, “Shyanne and Sumayyah were engaged and all-in from Day 1; I couldn’t ask for a better cohort.”

KAI Partners wants to thank our superstar interns for their diligence and dedication over the past few months. We know you will go on to do great things and we are excited to be just one small part of shaping your future!

Interested in applying for KAI Partners’ next Internship Program cohort? Email your resume to recruitment@kaipartners.com.

KAI Partners is Hiring for 2 Project Managers in Sacramento!

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KAI Partners is excited to hire for two Senior Project Manager positions in the Sacramento area! Here are the details:

ITIL Senior Project Manager

The ITIL Senior Project Manager will work on a project for one of KAI Partners’ public sector clients. The ITIL Senior PM has extensive experience leading application and infrastructure service delivery for complex organizations, managing implementation projects, and consulting in the areas of IT service management, enterprise architecture, and IT strategy development.

With a minimum three (3) years’ knowledge/experience with ITIL implementation and PMP® Certification, the ITIL Senior PM is responsible for:

  • Working to develop, document, and implement the change in operational responsibilities for the client’s needs;
  • Supporting the maturation of IT Operations and the new State Service Management Framework based on the ITIL standard;
  • Establishing and documenting ITIL Service Management best practices for the client and keeping executives and staff apprised of developments in implementing the new operational model; and
  • Supporting business and technical teams with the analysis of existing systems, application and technical infrastructure, and assisting in the development of recommendations; and more.

Click here apply for the ITIL Senior PM position.

Senior Project Manager

The Senior Project Manager will support the PMO of one KAI Partners’ public sector clients. With a minimum 8 years’ project management experience and a PMP® Certification, the Senior PM is responsible for:

  • Reviewing and reporting on the consistency of the system development contractor’s work plans, schedules, milestones, deliverables, staffing plans, and resource utilization;
  • Monitoring the progress of the system development contractor against the project schedule and plans and produce related progress reports and metrics-using client approved Project Management Office tools and procedures;
  • Building and maintaining the client’s project schedules, integrating the replacement contractor’s schedule with client project staff, and other program stakeholder activities;
  • Monitoring client resource allocation and utilization and make recommendations for pre-emptive and corrective actions;
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and participating in issue and risk management activities including identification, mitigation, and contingency planning;
  • Consistently identifying needs that clients may not recognize and ensure approaches and solutions are linked to objectives and future needs; and more.

Click here apply for the Senior PM position.

We look forward to receiving your application today! Any questions about the above positions? Email recruitment@kaipartners.com.

Where Have All the Project Managers Gone?

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By Stephen Alfano, CSM

Run a project manager job search for your location on Glassdoor.com or Indeed.com right now. Chances are good you’ll find there are at least 250 openings. [In Sacramento, on 10/18/2018, I found 936 project manager opportunities on Glassdoor and 256 on Indeed.]

Widen the search area to include your state or province and you’ll see the need for project managers expands exponentially. [In California, on 10/18/2018, there were 20,256 project manager jobs posted on Glassdoor and 5,322 on Indeed.]

Even though I wasn’t a math major in college, and I’m nowhere near being a labor statistician, I can see that job openings in the thousands translates into a huge, human resource and talent gap. This makes one wonder where all the available project managers have gone—in short, they are busy working elsewhere, or they have retired.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) in a report generated five years ago, the shortage of available project managers is right on track with a trend that started in 2008. The report states:

“[through] the decade ending in 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created]” in the U.S. alone with another 13.4 million growing out of 10 other large job markets, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

In other words, the shortage is worldwide…which makes me wonder who’s working to fill the global gap. (Hopefully everyone.)

Regardless of who or how many folks are on the task of filling that gap, resolving the shortage is paramount. And the solution to do so, in my humble opinion, needs to start and be sustainable at the local level—through workforce development initiatives that are driven by diversity and economic equality outreach and education campaigns (subject matter that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time).

When I published the blog post, “Why Workforce Development is Everybody’s Business” last October, I hoped my narrative would spark change in the Sacramento business and nonprofit communities. I thought I made my request flexible enough to appeal to both change agents and policymakers to get busy building up the capability and capacity of the regions’ employable talent base. I believed then and even more so now that to have a sustainable workforce development initiative in any community, you need to ensure there is a certified and available pool of highly-skilled resources (including project managers) ready in the queue.

Having these highly-skilled resources in reserve helps fuel innovation and income growth in the marketplace. It brings tangible benefits to the business and public sector leaders looking for options beyond the conventional (and ingrained) approach of binding economic empowerment goals with commercial development tax incentives and concessions.

Perhaps my expectations for a groundswell were too high back then. Moreover, a year later, especially with the unemployment rate around 3.7% in the country and the Sacramento area (a 50-year low!), my rallying cry must sound a bit unnecessary. But I assure you, and most economists and human resources professionals would agree that dismissing the need to build and support a pipeline of upskilled and qualified candidates is foolishness. Prosperity comes in cycles. The next economic downturn could be right around the corner. Planning and preparing for that event isn’t an option. More important, it will take a superhuman effort to minimize the fallout and prevent another great recession. In the meantime, the need for project managers will continue to grow.

Again according to the PMI, this time from the Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap – 2017–2027 report: “[by] 2027, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management oriented roles.” So, if you live in the Sacramento region and are considering a career in the Project Management field, start here.

About the Author: Stephen Alfano is an Organizational Change Management Consultant and Communications Expert. He has over 30 years of experience leading and managing internal and external marketing initiatives for both private and public-sector clients. His résumé includes providing both new business and business process improvement services to Apple, American Express, AT&T, California Department of Transportation, Chevron, Entergy, Levi Strauss & Co., Louisiana Office of Tourism, Mattel, Microsoft, Novell, SONY, Sutter Health, and Wells Fargo. Stephen currently works as an Executive Consultant with KAI Partners, Inc., providing change management and communications expertise and support services to California State Departments.

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