By: Ashley Riggs, 36°N Intern
For Jessica Brent, entrepreneurship is like a second language. She’s the co-owner of Homma Camp Co. and works to serve other entrepreneurs as the Resources Manager for 36 Degrees North. She immerses herself in Tulsa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem daily, so joining the Workforce Tulsa board seemed like a natural next step.
“The Workforce Tulsa board is not a working board. It’s a ‘bring your brain’ board,” Jessica explains. With her experience, she says, “It seemed like I would be a good fit!”
Workforce Tulsa aims to connect businesses and local talent to further economic development in Tulsa.
“We ensure that, as our startups expand, there will be skilled labor available for those positions and that Tulsa’s talent pool aligns with the current job market,” Brent says.
Brent will serve on the Oversight Committee, which is responsible for the business of federal grant reporting and policy making. As a whole, the board is responsible for serving as a sounding board and providing guidance for the program.
“Board members are important advocates for Workforce Tulsa and are called upon to amplify the voice of the program,” Brent says. “I find the political and bureaucratic nature of workforce development exciting in a totally nerdy way!”
Workforce Tulsa is bridging the gap between the people of Tulsa and the city’s growing companies- like the ones at 36 Degrees North. “Human Resources are among the most valuable resource to a growing company, and [our] programs ensure that the talent pool is there when entrepreneurs are ready to hire.”