The Christopher Watts Initiative (CWI) is leadership, collaboration, innovation and performance in the movement towards working communities, safety and financial vitality through workforce development, career training, entrepreneurship, networking and communications.

Professional Development & Career Exploration

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links to strategies on career searching, career advancement and professional development.



First, anyone can find a job. The difficulty comes with finding a career of liking and interest
when considering compensation, location, hours, benefits, flexibility, duties and structure. Second, a lot of people do not know how to look for a career, or identify a path to get to a career.


"For as long as I can remember, my life creed has always been “When you can help, you have a moral obligation to help without consideration of consequences or reward-- you must help.” From this, Christopher Watts, MBA, a long-time resident of Chicago, launched The Christopher Watts Initiative."

Gabrielle Caverl-McNeal, Workforce Development Executive

Dedication is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Christopher Watts. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Chris for 8+ years, during which we collaborated in getting the south and west sides of Chicago back to work! He's created quite a brand for himself over the years, and I am impressed with his ability to connect with people from all levels and backgrounds. Chris would be a true asset for any company needing passion and perseverance in delivering services to men, women and children in the Chicagoland community, and comes with my heartfelt recommendation.

Roger Peden, Innovation Human Resources Executive

Christopher's passion to get the Chicagoland's unemployed population leads is obvious. His weekly newsletters touch organizations and communities alike. Christopher's efforts fill a void that secures job lead information for many of the novice internet users. His concise, but informative job leads dispel the notion that jobs are unavailable. I can see his community footprint expand nationwide within a short time.


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