UPWARD Talent Council Announces New COO

Escanaba, MI – February 2017 -The UPWARD Talent Council recently announced that Cherilynn Lampinen has become Chief Operations Officer for the Upper Peninsula workforce development agency.  As a workforce development leader in the Upper Peninsula, Lampinen brings to the position a proven record of success in leading disciplined, high performance teams focused on driving economic growth and prosperity.

"Cherilynn Lampinen brings the perspective of a business owner, along with the experience of working in positions of increasing authority with Michigan Works! in the Upper Peninsula since 2009,” said Orrin Bailey, CEO, UPWARD Talent Council. “Over the past three years she has transformed the Michigan Works! structure and operations in the six counties in the western Upper Peninsula, increasing efficiency in serving their businesses. Now, with COO responsibilities for 15 counties, UPWARD Talent Council is excited to have her experience to focus on a U.P.-wide transformation of the Michigan Works! structure and culture in serving all Upper Peninsula businesses."

Lampinen was born and raised in Chassell, MI and attended Michigan Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and earned Michigan Teaching Certification in Social Studies and Mathematics.  She has worked in workforce development, literacy, and adult education for the past 14 years.  Lampinen’s family has been small business owners for over 40 years.

"UPWARD Talent Council engages in strategies to support a healthy and growing economy that is equipped with a local workforce that has the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by Upper Peninsula employers.  I look forward to being a part of UPWARD's continued success as a partner to businesses and organizations across the U.P.," said Lampinen.

The UPWARD Talent Council is a business-led policy and oversight organization responsible for creating a comprehensive, community-wide response to the challenges of building a highly skilled workforce and a competitive regional economy. As a convener of community leaders and stakeholders, the board engages in an ongoing strategic planning process to identify strategies, actions, and measurements that will create and maintain a healthy and growing economy, equipped with a local workforce that has the knowledge and skills needed by business in a technological and competitive marketplace. The result will be to draw from a vibrant pool of skilled workers enabling business and industry to thrive year-round. In turn, this business vitality creates the potential for higher paying jobs; thus improving the overall regional economy.