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November 2023 | Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery

Headshot of Yvonne Wright, a white woman with blond hair and glasses

Longtime LEAD On! readers may recognize the name “Yvonne Wright” from a newsletter published in June 2018. Yvonne was featured for her work in Missouri’s workforce system in which she collaborated with the state’s workforce Equal Opportunity team to develop processes and policy around implementation of Section 188 of WIOA.

The LEAD Center would like to welcome Yvonne as its new Co-Director. Yvonne brings experience with both the VR and workforce systems. She most recently served as Deputy Director with the Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development. Prior to being recruited to join the Division of Workforce Development, she was employed for 25 years with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation. During her tenure, she served as a VR transition counselor, supervisor, liaison to Centers for Independent living and the Ticket to Work Program, the state workforce development agency and, upon her exit, was Director of the agency’s first business outreach team. Yvonne brings to the LEAD Center her experiences working with both the workforce and VR systems to develop strategies to meet customers where they are at through customizing opportunities that work best for the customer and the employer. Please join us in welcoming Yvonne!