The work.inspired video series began with the idea of telling the stories of inspiring people whom we’ve worked with through the years. Through passion and experience, they have discovered career fulfillment and contributed to the well-being of their organizations and communities. In this video series we capture the powerful stories of how they achieved success through meaningful careers that challenged their intellects, broadened their understanding, used their skill sets, and unleashed their potential.
Lynn Stainbrook, Executive Director at Rockford Public Library
“It seemed like the community was calling. It was like, ‘Here is my wonderful opportunity to put all of this together and to do it from beginning to end.'” Hear Lynn Stainbrook’s, Executive Director at Rockford Public Library, Story
Bridget French, Executive Director at Alignment Rockford
“I want my kids to grow up in a top 25 community. I want them to grow up in a place that they come back to when they graduate college. And they’re not going to want to do that if we don’t change the way that we do things.” Hear Bridget French’s, Executive Director at Alignment Rockford, Story
Peter Provenzano, CEO of SupplyCore
“Creating individual, familial, organizational and community wealth have been primary motivators from the beginning.” Hear Peter Provenzano’s, CEO of SupplyCore, Story
Joani, Corporate Paralegal
“I want to be challenged. I don’t want to be bored, and there’s never a boring day when you’re a paralegal.” Hear Joani’s, Corporate Paralegal, Story
Erica Pugh, Packaging Machine Operator at Kettle Foods
“I’ve learned a lot of stuff since I’ve been here. I’ve met a lot of awesome people that work here, from the HR office to the plant manager to my co-workers. It’s been amazing since I’ve been working here.” Hear Erica Pugh’s, Packaging Machine Operator at Kettle Foods, Story
Chris Dumelle, Petroleum Technician at Stenstrom Petroleum
“No matter what you’re trying to do in your life, you have to be willing to take opportunities and risks and see what happens with them. Because unless you try something you never know how it’s going to go” Hear Chris Dumelle’s, Petroleum Technician at Stenstrom Petroleum, Story
Patti Bigger, Corporate Relations Manager at Specialty Screw
“I think you have to have a positive attitude, an open mind, and above everything else you have to have integrity.” Hear Patti Bigger’s, Corporate Relations Manager at Specialty Screw, Story
LoRayne Logan, Founder and President of workplace Staff and Search
“ I think workplace is the realization of something that I had known since I was 10 years old.” Hear LoRayne Logan’s, Founder and President of workplace Staff and Search Story
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Devon, Outbound Sales Agent, ServiCom
Every applicant can picture a “dream job” and every business has a “dream employee.” Our job is to match the two. We take time to understand each business partner and applicant to align the right talent to the right business. Hear Devon’s, Outbound Sales Agent at Servicom, Story
Fred Young, Owner of Forest City Gear
“You can have the greatest equipment in the world but you must couple it with people that are very, very talented and willing to continually learn new things.” Hear Fred Young’s , Owner of Forest City Gear, Story.
Angel Contreras, MBA, Chief Human Resources Officer at Rockford Public Schools
“When I was working for a Fortune 10 company, LoRayne approached me and told me she was working with an organization that she thought I’d be a really good fit for.” Hear Angel Conteras’, MBA, Chief Human Resources Officer at Rockford Public Schools, Story.
Lora Kennedy, Executive Leadership Team Coordinator at Savant Capital Management
“workplace took the time to understand my skill set and strengths. By also understanding what employers are looking for in regards to skill set and personality, they were able to identify a positive match!” Hear Lora Kennedy’s, Executive Leadership Team Coordinator at Savant Capital Management, Story.
Mike Johnson, Supervisor at Concentric
“I started out as a machinist and I did that for two years. Then I got an opportunity to be a team leader in the area I was working in.” Hear Mike Johnson’s, Supervisor at Concentric, Story.
Bridget Weeks, Rockford Housing Authority
“From the first day we have been a great team which has only become stronger over time.” Hear Bridget Weeks’, Executive Assistant, Story.
Melvin Allen, Executive Director of Student Recruitment
“One of the things I find fascinating about this role is being able to change lives through the value of education.” Hear Melvin Allen’s, Executive Director of Student Recruitment, Story.