Grads of Life Blog

Category: Business Case

Strong Social Enterprises Boost Individual Lives And The Nation’s Economy

When the baseball season started and new youth started their jobs at our sites in Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland, I began reflecting on how important and rare a moment this is. Statistics show that youth of color suffer from an extraordinarily high unemployment rate and even those youth looking for a job struggle […]

How State Street Builds Partnerships To Strengthen Boston’s Future Workforce

According to the Boston Private Industry Council, early participation in the workforce has positive, long-term impacts on young people including “the development of hard and soft professional skills, networking opportunities, reduced risk of negative socioeconomic outcomes and criminal behavior, and improved lifelong earning potential.” In Boston, the engagement of young people ages 16 to 24 […] Read More

How To Address Bias In The Workplace

Following my last article on workforce diversity, I want to hone in on a specific issue that affects many hiring decisions today, and that is unconscious bias. Unconscious bias refers to judgments and behaviors toward others that we’re not aware of. If not addressed appropriately, any chance of moving the needle on racial and gender […] 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

Taking ‘Hire Character, Train Skill’ From Theory To Practice

“Hire character; train skill.” This saying has never rung truer than in today’s economy. The necessary skillsets for most jobs are rapidly evolving due to technological disruptions. To succeed in the modern workplace, what’s more valuable than the know-how you may possess today is the ability to swiftly adapt to a changing landscape—along with the […] Read More