Grads of Life Blog

Aspen Institute Summit Offers New Solutions For Expanding Opportunity

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.  In America today, the richest one percent hold 42 percent of the nation’s wealth, while roughly a quarter of adults work in poverty-wage or near-poverty-wage jobs. And access to economic opportunity is unevenly distributed across geographies and demographic groups, leaving some families facing increasingly long odds of […]

Technology Executives Model Best Practices For Attracting, Developing And Retaining Diverse Talent

In 2016, Per Scholas and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) launched Diverse by Design, a national conversation series focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in the technology workforce. The conversation’s goal is to bring together executive leadership and hiring managers to discuss best practices and collaboratively develop solutions to forge a more direct […] Read More

Our National Resilience Depends On Bold Cybersecurity Leaders

A continuously growing architecture of networks, systems, and assets creates unseen ties between each of us. While these digital connections enable faster communication and innovation to power our economy, they create new vulnerabilities that are a liability for companies and organizations. It is no longer sufficient to secure the systems inside our networks and feel […] Read More

Leading Employers Gather To Innovate Hiring Strategies With Community And Business Impact

At the end of March, influential employers –  including T-Mobile, Gap Inc., and McDonalds* – came to New Orleans for an unprecedented gathering on jobs in the United States. Each had expressed enthusiasm for impact hiring – an approach that creates business value through recruiting and investing in individuals who face barriers to economic opportunity. […] Read More

What We Can Learn From The UK’s Approach To Apprenticeship

This piece was originally published as part of the Apprenticeship Forward series on the New America website.  If you ask a German or Swiss businessperson what the ROI is on their apprenticeship program, be prepared for a look of bemusement or even befuddlement. But don’t expect a string of numbers. Apprenticeship is so deeply rooted […] Read More