Her colleagues and clients already know her to be a tremendous asset to the workforce development system across Michigan’s Great Southwest, but now that fact has been validated by the Michigan Works! Association statewide, as Karla Grady-Walker of Berrien, Cass, Van Buren Michigan Works! has been awarded a “Shining Star” Award by the state association for her efforts to meet employment needs in the Tri-County region. Grady-Walker recently received the award during the Association’s annual conference.
Luann Dunsford, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Works! Association, says, “Throughout her 14 years with Michigan Works!, Karla has held a variety of roles but her unwavering commitment to bringing out the best in everyone has remained strong throughout.” Dunsford adds, “She continues to demonstrate a notable passion and dedication for serving jobseekers in her community and her coworkers recognize her as a team player who is committed to success and is always willing to step in and help.”
Grady-Walker has a reputation for going above and beyond to assist her clients, treating each one with care and respect.
Lily Brewer, Executive Director of Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, says, “In her current role as talent development specialist, Karla is responsible for case management services along with customer service,” and adds, “With her case management duties, she often goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service while creating meaningful connections and providing personalized support which ensures jobseekers are successful in meeting their career aspirations. Karla truly exemplifies our organization’s purpose of inspiring positive economic change one person, one business, and one community at a time.”
Grady-Walker admits she is honored to receive the award, saying, “I am truly honored and excited to be receiving this award among my peers throughout the state who are making a difference in the lives of so many.”