The Crisis with Soft Skills

Season 7 | Episode 705 | Length: 27 minutes

“Soft Skills” are defined at personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively with other people – and workforce experts say today’s young people are facing a significant deficit in soft skills. It’s a problem that can have a serious impact on young people as they search for jobs, and even as they apply and interview for college and other crucial post-high school education opportunities.

Our Guests

Dr. Rueben BrockDr. Rueben Brock is an assistant professor of psychology at California University of Pennsylvania. He is also a licensed counselor in private practice.

Wesley Jackson Wade is a career counselor for the College of Sciences at NC State University in Raleigh, NC and is a licensed, certified, and clinical counselor in mental health addictions with his own private practice.


Emily DonatoEmily Donato is the Career Development Coordinator at Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. She is a facilitator of professional and personal development for youth.


Dr. Lisa Abel-PalmieriDr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri is the President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. She is an education and non-profit leader passionate about shaping the future of learning by designing equitable experiences that engage in the heart, mind and innate skills in youth.


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