Grads of Life Blog

Category: Partnerships

How We Found Tech Talent Through A Successful Partnership

Stephen Covey says “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Differences are the building blocks of the innovation we practice every day at Housing Partnership Network (HPN), a mission-driven business collaborative.  Integrating this ideal, my team initiated a partnership with Year Up, an organization that bridges the divide between young adults that lack opportunity and […]

Teachers: A Resource at Risk?

The future of American competitiveness and the American Dream rely on the ingenuity of the country’s workforce. We need health care professionals who develop vaccines to fight disease, energy companies that develop new ways to power our future, entrepreneurs who invent businesses and create jobs, and technology companies, manufacturers, and millions of other professionals to […] Read More

How To Build A Stronger Workforce? Hire for Skills, Not Schools

The Opportunity Divide in America is real, and it seems impossible to overcome. But employers who think differently about talent acquisition can both find stronger, more diverse talent pools and join the movement to close that Divide in our country. A few weeks ago I had the distinct honor of giving a keynote at the […] Read More

Making The Case For Hiring Opportunity Youth

Three years ago, we set out with the Rockefeller Foundation to address a very challenging question: With nearly six million youth out of school and out of work (termed “opportunity youth”), how can our country address youth employment at scale? Getting there would require a strong business case to justify shifts in business practice. At […] Read More

The White House Announces Employer Commitments To Help Young Adults Enter The Workforce

Earlier this week, President Obama announced that nearly 40 of the largest employers in the United States—including Walmart, Hilton, AT&T, and more—have signed on to the #FirstJob Compact. These companies have committed to take a look at their hiring practices—from recruitment to candidate assessment to how they train and support workers—to identify ways to connect […] Read More