On Wednesday, September 28th, Joe Carbone the President and CEO of The WorkPlace came to speak to SHRM@QU members. Mr. Carbone was an inspiring speaker and discussed several different topics. He explained his career path and what brought him to work for The WorkPlace. The WorkPlace is an organization aimed at helping individuals build their knowledge, skills, and abilities to a level that fulfills employers’ needs. The noble purpose of the organization is to ensure people have better jobs and businesses have people for their jobs. He brings together great minds and claims that the best part to his job is telling them, “I want you to dream today.” He not only went into depth on this organization’s purpose but also explained with data the need for his organization in today’s economy. Mr. Carbone portrayed the current labor situation in Connecticut and the United States as a whole. He informed our members about the current labor market status and changes after the Great Recession in 2008 that have led to the demand of his organization to refill higher wage positions with talent. Furthermore, one of the great pieces of advice that Mr. Carbone gave to the members was to value their education because the day they stop learning is the day they become obsolete. He opened our eyes to the notion that if we do not feel challenged then we are heading in the wrong direction. We would like to thank Mr. Joe Carbone for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his experience and share his advice.