Trent Griffin-Braaf, the CEO and founder of Tech Valley Shuttle, will serve as a guest speaker for The Workforce & Economic Growth Development Conference in Syracuse, NY. The event, jointly hosted by the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) and the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), will be held on October 23th-25th, 2023.
The goal of the conference is to “bridge economic and workforce development.” National and state leaders will be in attendance to “revise the field of workforce, learn from best practices, and network with colleagues from across New York, according to the New York State Economic Development Council.
Trent Griffin-Braaf will speak on October 24th: “Reintegrating Returning Citizens Into your Organization Successfully.” He will discuss strategies and best practices that can make the transition into employment for returning citizens not only successful but also mutually beneficial.
He will explore:
The importance of providing second chances.
Building a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.
Overcoming common challenges and misconceptions.
Practical steps to integrate returning citizens effectively.
“This is a crucial conversation that can lead to stronger communities, reduced recidivism, and a more diverse, skilled workforce,” says Trent Griffin-Braaf. “I cannot wait for organizations to make a difference in returning citizens’ lives and help create a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
Trent Griffin-Braaf, CEO and founder of Tech Valley Shuttle is on a mission to combat poverty through innovative transportation solutions and empowering employees. Having experienced incarceration himself, he’s setting an example for other employers, showcasing how to become a top choice for formerly incarcerated individuals, single parents, and veterans.
About Trent-Griffin Braaf
Trent Griffin-Braaf, CEO and founder of Tech Valley Shuttle, is on a mission to combat poverty through innovative transportation solutions and empowering employees. Having experienced incarceration himself, he’s setting an example for other employers, showcasing how to become a top choice for formerly incarcerated individuals, single parents, and veterans. In 2023, Trent was recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration. He’s a 40 Under 40 honoree and has been featured in prestigious media outlets such as The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Bloomberg Radio. Forbes acknowledged him in 2021 as one of the next 1,000 Entrepreneurs. In 2022, he was hailed as a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for his outstanding hiring practices and comprehensive training, fostering growth from entry-level to management and entrepreneurship. Trent has achieved the distinction of being the largest BIPOC employer in New York and the Capital Region. Notably, Tech Valley Shuttle became the first black-owned business to earn a spot among the best workplaces recognized by the Albany Business Review. Looking ahead, Trent’s ambitious plans involve expanding his organization’s reach to establish a significant presence in New York State and nationwide through franchising. His vision also extends to consulting with organizations, guiding them in cultivating cultures that empower formerly incarcerated individuals, while simultaneously addressing systemic transportation barriers.