Parminder Jassal's Work with Greater Louisville Inc. Gets Media Attention

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Parminder Jassal, the Director of Workforce Solutions for Greater Louisville Inc., is receiving notoriety for her work with GLI as well as multiple side projects.

As Director of Workforce Solutions for Greater Louisville Inc., the chamber of commerce and economic development agency for Louisville, Ky. and Southern Indiana, Parminder Jassal's job is to support companies in their strategic planning around talent acquisition and development. A recent article in Business First of Louisville explains that she is serving the greater good with multiple side projects, though, which take her all over the nation.

In addition to Jassal's work with Greater Louisville Inc., she is also a senior associate with FutureWorks, a Seattle-based consulting and policy development firm, and has been creator and director of the HIRE Education Forum, which is a consortium of regional colleges and universities in the Louisville region that advocates the alignment of business, community and post secondary institutions to help the community achieve higher levels of academic attainment and total community development. This model is now being exported to other cities. She is a contract researcher at the University of Louisville, where she received a doctoral degree in organizational leadership focusing on economic development last year. Her research focus is on first-generation college student success as predicted by the Noel-Levitz College Student Inventory. Jassal is even working with coauthor Cathy Fyock on her first book that is due out in 2009 entitled "People Power 2020," which will lay out a new age talent management model.

The recent article in Business First of Louisville explains how the 40-year-old wife and mother of two is working on getting her private pilot's license to get across the country for appointments faster and more easily. While her main duties are with Greater Louisville Inc., her various projects take her all over the country in an effort to serve the greater good. "What I want to do is make a difference in this world," she said in Business First.

This is not the first time Jassal has been featured in Business First of Louisville, either. Back in 2007, she was profiled for her position as the Director of Workforce Solutions for GLI. The profile explained her hometown of Ludhiana, Punjab, India; her higher education path - beginning at a community college leading up to a doctorate; and her unique career path spanning big company to self-entrepreneurship to start up to finally landing in her passion: economic development with a focus on higher education and workforce alignment. She was also featured in Business First's "Forty Under 40" Reception in 2004, which recognized area young professionals.

To read the recent article about Parminder Jassal in Business First of Louisville, go to http://louisville.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2008/03/24/story12.html.

For more information about Greater Louisville, Inc., visit http://www.greaterlouisville.com.

About Parminder Jassal:

Parminder Jassal is the Director of Workforce Solutions for Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce and regional economic development agency for the bi-state Louisville, Kentucky Metropolitan area. She is an information technology industry executive with 14 years of accomplishments and experience in organizational leadership through marketing and market research, business development, professional services, and education and training operations.

As Director of Workforce Solutions since 2001, she has developed strategic partnerships and innovative solutions utilizing public and private formulas to advance the skills of the regional workforce. Jassal has successfully written and implemented over $3 million in grants, and engineered the GreaterLouisvilleWorks.com regional community solution for electronic connections between employers and job seekers. She has also started building Greater Louisville Inc.'s multi-cultural workforce component, launched a cutting edge community initiative to increase educational attainment in the regional adult population, and is heavily involved in the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer, which focuses on federal funding for small business research and development.

Jassal is also a senior associate with FutureWorks, a Seattle-based consulting and policy development firm, and a contract researcher at the University of Louisville, where she has received a doctoral degree in higher education leadership focusing on economic development. Her past positions include Associate Network Engineer at International Network Services, which was bought by Lucent Technologies after which she was promoted to Managing Director; Director of Education and Marketing for Bombay House and East Indian Trading Company in Eagle River, Alaska; Founder and President of Technology Solutions & Consulting in Anchorage, Alaska; Systems Trainer and Consultant for Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. in North Slope, Alaska and Regional Systems Manager for Ford Motor Co. in Texas.

Jassal is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi. She is also an instructor for the International Economic Development Council, and serves on the Oldham LaGrange Development Authority Board, Jefferson County Adult Education Board, and the Mayor's Office for International Affairs in Louisville.

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