About Grads of Life & Our Work

Our Mission & Vision

Grads of Life’s mission is to eliminate the gap that separates diverse workers from employers looking to hire talent. We partner with companies to drive equity through employment by co-creating and implementing DEI strategies that deliver social impact and business benefits. By closing the Opportunity Divide, we aim to promote economic opportunity, stability and mobility for all.

We envision a world where all people have access to quality jobs, economic mobility and financial stability.

What We Do

Grads of Life works with leading employers to implement DEI strategies that deliver both social impact and business benefits. Using a deep, research-driven understanding of the current market, Grads of Life diagnoses gaps for employers, working with them to co-create hiring, retention, and advancement strategies and develop customized workshops and trainings to help companies build inclusive cultures.

Our History

Elyse Rosenblum and Shawn Bohen founded Grads of Life, which was incubated by the national skilling organization Year Up, to advance a systems-change approach to closing the Opportunity Divide.

After identifying a gap in the corporate landscape, Elyse and Shawn set out to catalyze employer demand for diverse talent. Through a national Ad Council PSA campaign, original research and working directly with leading employers, the Grads of Life team built a movement of inclusive corporate leaders who are committed to increasing equity through employment.

We have a long history of helping companies address their talent needs while advancing economic justice.

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