You are listening to Dare2Dream Podcast with Rev. Lisa Ealy and this is Episode 17: Interview with Dr. Linda Woodward


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Who is Dr. Linda Woodward?


Dr. Woodard has over 20 years of experience in workforce and career development. In July 2017 and 2018, Dr. Woodard’s company (LDW Group LLC) won competitive bids and was selected as the One-Stop Operator for the comprehensive American Job Centers (AJC) for CareerSource Northeast Florida (Region 8) and CareerSource Central Florida (Region 12). The One-Stop Operator ensures that the AJC partners provide a seamless customer-focus delivery to services to customers who utilize the One-Stop Center. From 2015-2017, Dr. Woodard served as the Associate VP of Workforce Education and Economic Development for Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). There, she provided strategic oversight for Continuing Education (CE) open enrollment programming, Corporate Learning and Training Solutions (CLTS) (engagement with the business and industry community to provide contract training, professional services and programs), the affiliated registered apprenticeship programs and federal grant programs including FSCJ’s $5 million DOL Florida Apprenticeship Grant. In her first year at FSCJ, Dr. Woodard and her teams eliminated deficits in both entrepreneurial centers (CLTS and CE) and exceeded revenue goals by nearly 50 percent. She developed fast-track short-term training to meet the needs of employers in the College’s service area; these programs were designed to articulate to the PSAV (Postsecondary Adult Vocational), A.S., and B.A.S. workforce program pathways. Dr. Woodard is knowledgeable of LMI and uses the information to make data-driven decisions. Prior to relocating to Jacksonville, Dr. Woodard was the VP of External Relations and Funding in the workforce division of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio. She served two tours of duty at Tri-C from 1998 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2015. While at Tri-C, Dr. Woodard managed multi-million- dollar workforce grants while having oversight of the division’s resource development, grants management, quality assurance, and the Job Link Services (JLS) department. During her time at Tri-C, Dr. Woodard earned two of the College’s highest awards for a stellar performance: The President’s “Professional Excellence” Award & Executive Vice President’s “Excellence In Action” Award.



Interview Questions:

  • What drives you?
  • What is your Secret to your success?
  • Describe yourself in a few words on one sentence?
  • What Practical steps did you use the get your results? Or to get to where you are today?
  • If you could send a message to yourself 30, 20, 10 years ago what would it be and why?
  • Describe your daily routine
  • What is your mindset/strategy?
  • Where does your inspiration come from?
  • How do your values show up at work?
  • Do you have a mantra or scripture you love by?
  • How do you keep balance in your life?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?



Information Mentioned in this Podcast:

  1. Linda Woodward Bio –
  2. LDW Broken Arrow –


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