Grads of Life Blog

How To Inspire Students To Pursue Careers In Manufacturing

“Jeff, what can we do to increase the northeast Wisconsin’s four technical colleges’ capacity to prepare more students for careers in manufacturing?” a prominent manufacturer asked me over a decade ago.  What better invitation for me to ask for more resources, including a sizable financial donation!  However, I knew deep down that the  lack of […]

Rising to the Challenge

At a time when divisiveness has cast a pall over our country, new alliances are inspiring ways to bring us together. We all have a role to play in addressing longstanding social and economic inequities, and employers are finding new ways to contribute to this effort. Although we are personally heartsick at recent events and […] Read More

How I Became An Advocate For Apprenticeship, An Age-old Practice To Develop A Skilled Workforce

These days, hard work, good grades, top schools, distinguished references, extracurricular activities and international experiences – options all parents dream for their children – don’t necessarily pay off, at least for my generation. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from a top American University, and a Master’s Degree from an esteemed International Relations school in Europe […] Read More

The Paper-Thin Reason Your Company Is Missing Sales Talent

“My sales have been steadily increasing”, says Rashard Feggins, a 22 year-old entrepreneur and salesman. He’s a candidate with a vocational training program I run called re:work. We teach software sales to people without college degrees, then place them into full-time jobs at tech employers. Rashard owns and runs a Chicago-based clothing line called DXSTRXCT7 […] Read More

Why Businesses Should Reach Out To The 70 Million Americans Excluded From the Workforce

Last month, the White House announced that 185 employers had pledged to eliminate job barriers for people with past convictions. The impressive list includes tech giants such as Google and Facebook and the ubiquitous Starbucks. Collectively, the Fair Chance Business Pledge signatories employ three million Americans. But what’s most significant about the pledge is not […] Read More

When You Can’t Find It, Build It

A unique partnership between Morningstar and SPR Consulting brings eager candidates together with job-targeted training to create new, well-qualified employees. Mark Twain once said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” The same could be said of the talent shortage. But recently, we had an opportunity to do something about it. […] Read More