Talent Pipeline Management™ (TPM) Upskill Academy of Arizona

What is TPM™?

TPM is a demand-driven, employer-led approach to closing the skills gap.  Utilizing supply chain management principles, employers play an expanded leadership role as “end-customers” of education and workforce partnerships.  The TPM framework is composed of six strategies that, when implemented in a particular sequence, make for a talent supply chain approach. Each strategy is designed to build off one another and support employers in developing a more data-and performance driven approach to improving education and workforce partnerships.

What is the TPM Academy™?

An in-person training for state and local chambers, business associations, economic development agency leaders, and employers, to learn to drive partnerships with education and training providers based on industry need. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation worked with a board of advisors to develop a training curriculum designed to walk business-led organizations through the process of implementing TPM principles. The curriculum begins with TPM orientation, gathering appropriate stakeholders and generating buy-in for the process, and runs through six TPM strategies, concluding with post-implementation continuous improvement. Learn more at TheTalentSupplyChain.org

About the TPM Upskill Academy of Arizona

In April of 2019, the first ever TPM Upskill Academy launched in Arizona. The Academy is preparing 23 individuals from 17 organizations who are committed to applying the TPM curriculum, and launching successful and sustainable workforce collaboratives.

Graduates of the TPM Upskill Academy receive:

  • Membership to the National Learning Network (NLN), comprised of close to 200 TPM Academy graduates across 22 states.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement talent supply chain solutions with your members and stakeholders.
  • Access to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation TPM web tool, which activates the six TPM strategies to streamline data collection and visualization for employer partners.

Who are the Academy Participants?

Arizona Chamber Foundation Mary Curtin Deputy Director, A for Arizona
Arizona State University Lukas Wenrick University Innovation Fellow
Arizona@Work Maricopa County Kevin Dumcum Business Services Representative
Arizona@Work Maricopa County Heath Anderson Workforce Development Coordinator
Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce Deanna Kupcik President and CEO
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation Thomas Schumann Executive Director
Center for Future of Arizona (CFA) Orlando Cazarez Project Manager, Retail Sector Initiative
Center for Future of Arizona (CFA) Holly Kurtz Director, Retail Sector Initiative
Eloy Chamber Mark Benner CEO
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Sarah Watts Vice President of Workforce and Community Partnerships
Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation Brittany Holmes Workforce Development Manager
Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation Kimberly Vegliante Workforce Development Manager
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce Lisa Krueger President and CEO
Local First AZ Liza Noland Director of Rural Programs
Maricopa County Community College District Julie Stiak District Director for Workforce Development
Maricopa County Community College District Daniel Barajas Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development
Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Mary Hamilton Executive Director
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce Chris Clark President and CEO
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Michael Guymon Vice President
WESTMARC Kimberly Jordan Director of Business Operations and Strategy
West-MEC Aaron Parsons Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Specialist
West-MEC Katie Mehin Director of Career Services
TPM at Work
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation utilizes the TPM principles and process within each workforce collaborative. The most notable example of this work is the Cybersecurity Workforce Collaborative. This collaborative identified a significant disconnect between employers and education and training providers. At the first meeting, 40 employers identified multiple job titles with vastly different job descriptions, all serving in a very similar role. This lack of standardization made it extremely difficult for education and training providers to meet business’ needs. Utilizing the TPM approach, the companies agreed to a level of standardization in job titles and descriptions. This led to a joint curriculum review with one of the top education providers to better align the curriculum with employers’ needs. Through this TPM process, providers were able to understand the needs of employers and adjusted their curriculum to prepare a more qualified workforce.