Cheryl Richards serves as president and CEO of Catapult, an employers’ association that serves employers across the Carolinas and beyond. Catapult has offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and the Triad, and it serves more than 2,300 employers, both small companies and large corporations.
Catapult’s goal is to help employers create successful workplaces, advising them on everything from human resources and employment law to benefits compensation and employee development.
Before joining Catapult, Richards worked for over 30 years in higher education. She moved to North Carolina in 2004 and began focusing on workplace development in higher education, specifically at Central Piedmont Community College.
She also served a deanship at Northeastern University, in which she focused on the intersection of young talent and the workforce. This led her to serve as president of Johnson and Wales University’s Charlotte campus, where she really began honing in on developing students with the skills needed for the workforce.
In this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Richards sits down with Ledger managing editor Cristina Bolling to discuss:
How Richards’ 32-year career in higher education led her to Catapult
The resources Catapult offers its employers
The employment challenges facing companies in a post-pandemic world
How employers can keep their employees happy while keeping the workplace running smoothly
The shortage of working professionals across different industries
Catapult’s “Thinking Differently” webinar
We hope you enjoy the conversation with Cheryl Richards.
The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is produced by Lindsey Banks.
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