Grads of Life Blog

Category: Hiring and Retention Practices

A Landmark Event To Connect Chicago’s Youth To Career Opportunity

A purposeful energy and determination was palpable at LeadersUp’s Chicago Career 360: The Experience. Young adults from across the Chicagoland region entered the Lacuna Artist Lofts – not only looking for employment – but also seeking a gateway to new possibilities. Our team connected every single young man and woman in attendance to interview opportunities […]

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

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

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

Employers Are Overlooking Non-Traditional Candidates And It’s Costing Them

Employers – how many times have you turned down a young candidate due to their lack of “traditional” qualifications? If your answer is frequently, you’re probably missing out on your next top performer. The job market has shifted. Twenty years ago someone’s GPA, the university they matriculated from, and the number of years they worked […] Read More