Ronald J. Stefanski

Ron Stefanski has recently joined Penn Foster as the managing director for the corporate education practice at Penn Foster, focused on corporations, workforce and skills training. Ron has served in a variety of strategic sales, marketing and business development executive roles in his prior roles at Cengage Learning. Ron began his Cengage career as Director of Talent Management. Ron is a native Detroiter, and first generation college graduate. He is passionate about working with partners to increase access and opportunities to education. His work with Fortune 500 corporations has created impact with frontline workers through innovative learning programs. Ron’s work in creating public and private partnerships in Detroit was recently recognized at CGI America in 2016, and at the White House during the Upskills Initiative in 2015.

Recent Posts

The STRIVE Institute: Creating a Vision for the Business of Empowerment

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 10/5/18 2:43 PM

The Business of Empowerment

The business of empowering those most in need is a tough one.  It requires huge investments of financial and human capital.  Stakeholders can’t always look for a quick return on their investment. Few understand the complex calculus that ultimately defines success quite as abundantly as the people at STRIVE

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, adult learners

Got Skills? Lessons For Detroit on Talent from the world of Amazon and Jazz

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 1/24/18 3:29 PM

Parties often take on an energy and life all their own. Hosting a Jazz it Up in the D Celebration to honor Brenda Jones’ (left) re-election as president of Detroit City Council had that distinct energy that comes from a capacity crowd watching performers up close when they put their unique talents together in creative ways. The Stephen Grady Junior Jazz Trio was on hand at our home as we welcomed over 125 captivating artists, community and business leaders and friends to celebrate the next chapter for Detroit. Stephen Jr. and friends Jake and Rocco thrilled the audience with their riffs on sax, bass and guitar. Clearly, they have skills!

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Topics: Skills Gap, Middle Skills Gap, Detroit, Employers, workforce training

Retail is Detail: Important Details From This Year's NRF Foundation Gala

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 1/17/18 8:59 PM

IMG_0544-313798-edited.jpgMy father was a career merchant at Montgomery Ward’s department store in its heyday. Whenever he talked about his job, he always said, "retail is detail." A walk through any retail store in December validated his point: Getting the merchandise mix right in the stores, figuring out how to keep this year’s hot items in stock, the logistics and crush of operational details all handled in the crunch of the holiday push, where companies’ entire profits are decided in the span of eight weeks—all these incredible details push retail veterans to their limits, especially in an industry disrupted by technology, growing online players, and changing trends. All the more reason to capture some of the more important details at this year’s NRF Foundation Gala.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Retail, Education, Employers, Employee Retention

 

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