Solving the skills gap - with Kelly Victor-Burke

2022 Executive Briefing Conference, September 15-17 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO
The Woodworking Network Podcast
August 16, 2022

Woodworking Network Podcast with Will Sampson Episode Summary

Will Sampson talks about how woodworking businesses can work to solve the ongoing skills gap. Then he interviews Kelly Victor-Burke, majority owner and CEO of Burke Architectural Millwork and Bespoke Closets in Livonia, Michigan. She was instrumental in creating a new national apprenticeship program for the woodworking industry, and she has also been recently appointed by the federal Department of Labor as an Apprenticeship Ambassador.

Episode Notes

This episode of the Woodworking Network podcast was sponsored by the Executive Briefing Conference. It’s really easy for woodworkers to stay stuck inside, focused on their shops and production. But over the last couple of years, the pandemic has forced them be even more isolated than usual. And it’s even harder if what you want is to network with the top-level executives in the industry. Where and how can you do that? The answer is the Executive Briefing Conference coming this September at the spectacular Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. This is an unparalleled opportunity to boost your business with intelligence on techniques, tools, and technology and to feed on inspiration from real leaders in the industry. Not to mention take in all the high-altitude hospitality, beauty and recreation offered by the Broadmoor. Learn more at See you there.

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Intro music courtesy of Anthony Monson.

Kelly Victor-Burke
Majority owner and CEO, Burke Architectural Millwork and Bespoke Closets
Will Sampson
Editorial Director, Woodworking Network / FDMC Magazine