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SNAP E&T 2022 National Forum: Partnering with ESEs

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This session will focus on how SNAP E&T agencies can partner with Employment Social Enterprises (ESEs) — mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that invest the money they make into helping people with diverse talents and experiences who are striving to overcome employment barriers get jobs, maintain employment, and build a better life—to reach more individuals with quality E&T services. Specifically, we will discuss the ESE model, its alignment with SNAP E&T, and how ESEs are advancing equity and creating an inclusive economy, along with connecting to career pathways. We will also outline how collaborating with ESEs will assist agencies in reaching target populations and further strengthen their programs. Understanding the essential program elements that make individuals successful in E&T and how agencies can build these elements across their partners with the help of ESEs is critical. This includes highlighting how to build training materials for new partners that serve high-barrier populations as well. Lastly, throughout this session, we will share lessons learned with partners regarding employer connections and facilitating quality jobs following E&T. 


  • Kalen Cornelious, MPA, Manager, Government Partnerships & Policy, Roberts Enterprise Development Fund 
  • Nick Codd, Senior Consultant, Seattle Jobs Initiative 
  • Emily Dean, Senior Manager, Product & Platform, The Center for Employment Opportunities 
  • Susan O’Callaghan, Senior Consultant, Seattle Jobs Initiative 
  • Samantha Poster, Senior Consultant, Seattle Jobs Initiative 
  • Christian Govea, Business Account Manager/ Retention Specialist, The Center for Employment Opportunities 
  • Elizabeth Hayes, Interim CEO, at Project Return

Page updated: April 24, 2023