Grads of Life Blog

The Hidden Talent Pool That Companies Are Missing

I just celebrated my tenth year at Google, and for a decade, I have had my dream job.  I’m on the team that launched Google Apps for Education into higher education and K12.  I’m on the team that launched Chromebooks into education. I speak at conferences and events around the world on technology in education, […]

A New College Tradition: 40K In Debt And Underemployed

College campuses are well-known for their annual traditions, but one of these “traditions” is neither a source of pride or school spirit. This ritual has sorely diminished the value of education for most college graduates across the country. I am speaking of the annual tuition increase and the impact it has on students. The insatiable […] Read More

The Looming Cybersecurity Crisis And Why Opportunity Youth Are The Solution

Cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure and the theft of millions of records containing personally identifiable information have indicated that there are serious vulnerabilities in United States’ national cybersecurity approach.  Cybersecurity encompasses the actions taken to protect against criminal access or unauthorized use of electronic data, as well as the measures taken to thwart cyber exploits.  […] Read More

‘All Labor Has Dignity.’ Reflections On Dr. King’s Struggle For Justice

This post features reflections from several individuals on Dr. King’s legacy and the significance of his remarks on the dignity of labor. You are doing many things here in this struggle. You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who […] Read More

How Employers And Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities For Young People

How old were you when you had your first job? High unemployment rates among teens and young adults has caught the attention of both press and policymakers. Since 2000, the job market for teens and young adults has shrunk. Only about 26 percent of youth are employed, according to Paul Harrington, director of the center for […] Read More

5 Ways To Increase Employee Engagement With Youth Mentoring

According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, employee engagement continues to be a challenge for businesses. In fact, 85% of executives surveyed rated engagement as an important or very important priority for their business.  Corporate leadership understands that an increasingly diverse, multi-generational and virtual workforce requires flexible, creative and purpose-driven employee engagement strategies. […] Read More