The Network is committed to eliminating poverty in the United States by replicating the Cincinnati Works Business Model in cities across the country – inspiring leaders, employing communities and restoring lives along the way.
We have seen tangible results from our efforts in Cincinnati over the past 20+ years, and we know there are hundreds of communities eager to implement a strategy that works. The Network was formed to help local leaders in those communities implement the Cincinnati Works Business Model of one-on-one career coaching and strategic partnerships with local employers and other service agencies.
In addition to technical assistance during start-up, the Network provides ongoing consulting and a collaboration platform that enables Associates to share best practices and continually innovate their operations to meet local market needs.
Training & Development
CEO & Frontline
Dave Phillips built a successful business career with the accounting and consulting firm Arthur Anderson, rising to managing partner of the Cincinnati office and a leadership role within the nationwide operations. He led multiple civic and philanthropic efforts during that time. Upon “retiring” from the firm more than 20 years ago, Dave and wife Liane created and grew Cincinnati Works to become a leader in fighting poverty in the region.
Unlike other job-training programs, Cincinnati Works is designed to help people living in poverty not only develop the skills and attitudes to find a stable job but also to retain that job and become economically self-sufficient.
“Our industry believes we are in the job-placement business when we believe we are in the elimination-of-poverty business,” Dave Phillips said.
Liane tells the story of launching Cincinnati Works in her book, Why Don’t They Just Get a Job? In 2009, the National Manhattan Institute recognized Cincinnati Works with its Social Entrepreneur Award.
Glenna Parks utilizes her strengths in communication, collaboration and coaching to support the successful implementation of the Cincinnati Works Business Model beyond the Cincinnati area. In order to efficiently spread the model to new markets, Glenna serves as a programming consultant for replication sites (Associates) while developing a formal Network to support all Associates.
Glenna has been a member of the Cincinnati Works team since 1998, giving her a unique insight into the Cincinnati Works Business Model. She served in a number of capacities, including Office Manager, Operations Manager (during Cincinnati Works’ first expansion into a new neighborhood) and Program Director of the satellite office at the CityLink Center. Prior to joining Cincinnati Works, she was a human resources and management professional for 17 years with a Fortune 500 financial organization.