Elyse co-founded Grads of Life, an initiative of Year Up focused on leveraging the power of the private sector to close the Opportunity Divide in America. With more than two decades in the field, she is a thought leader and a key architect of the strategy to advance the inclusive employment movement. She serves as a strategic partner to the OneTen coalition, and has extensive experience working with private sector executives, nonprofits, and foundations to develop and implement inclusive employment strategies that advance DEI initiatives.
For Grads of Life, Elyse leads the advisory services and corporate training lines of business, helping employers effectively recruit, hire and retain traditionally overlooked groups of talent. She also supports her team in conducting research and building tools that support the adoption of inclusive business practices that provide greater access to economic opportunity and mobility. As managing director, she sits on Year Up’s executive team, serving as a lead for the organization’s impact strategy, which focuses on changing the systems that perpetuate the Opportunity Divide.
Elyse holds a J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Texas School of Law and is a graduate of Williams College.
Insights from Elyse
- The Shift Toward a Skills-First Mindset: A Thought-Leader Roundtable
- Grads of Life Reveals How Leading Employers Are Going Beyond Degree Removal
- ‘There’s Not a Standard’: Grads of Life Tells Quartz What the Skills-First Movement Needs Next
- Will Skills-First Employers Fare Better During A Recession?
- Employer Pulse Check: 10 Proven DEI Strategies
- What Rethinking Degree Requirements Means for Corporate America and DEI
- 3 Ways Companies Can Advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Beyond Their Own Four Walls
- 4 Effective DEI Strategies Business Leaders Should Measure
- New Report: Ten Proven Actions To Advance Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion
- Walmart Awards $500k Grant to Grads of Life to Launch New Impact Measurement Framework
- The Biden Administration Cannot Forget Its Most Critical Partner In Economic Recovery: The Private Sector
- How Reimagining Employment Practices Can Advance Racial Justice
- 3 Takeaways For Business Leaders Amid New Corporate Commitments
- Leveraging Opportunity Employment To Advance Racial Justice In Corporate America
- Putting People First To Rebuild A Stronger Economy: A Conversation With Ochsner Health