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The Creation of RTWBC

The Ready To Work Business Collaborative (RTWBC) is a nonpartisan business-led organization that brings together employers who are committed to successfully hiring and retaining ready to work talent consisting of the long-term unemployed, the underemployed, people with disabilities, veterans, and opportunity youth. This initiative evolved out of a 2014 White House Call to Action signed by 350 employers to address the issue of long-term unemployment.

Galvanized by the 2014 White House Call to Action, senior HR professionals from a core group of the Fortune 500 companies who signed the pledge targeting the long term unemployed collaborated and took action. Partnering with Deloitte and The Rockefeller Foundation, they conducted a series of convenings to build a collective that would result in actionable steps that generate inclusive hiring practices and solve the skills gap. In 2015, the group formed the Ready To Work Business Collaborative Advisory Board.

The corporations and employers that signed the Call to Action and have committed to RTWBC’s mission are prepared to hire prescreened ready to work talent, deepen their connections with the local community, lower recruitment costs, and achieve corporate social responsibility goals.

The Ready To Work Business Collaborative is leading the way by connecting employers with workforce intermediaries, as well as colleges and universities, creating best practices for hiring, and advocating for policies that benefit the long-term-unemployed. RTWBC regularly hosts both in-person and online convenings for employers to share best practices and learn from success stories.

Since its inception, RTWBC has been building collaborative partnerships and engaging with employers to enhance hiring solutions and expand workforce options for Ready to Work Talent. With pioneering success stories evidencing the impact of our efforts, we look forward to continued dynamic engagement with partners in developing workforce talent solutions.


Our Founders


Lance LavergneWells Fargo
Lance Lavergne,
SVP, Enterprise Talent Strategy & Practice 

Pacific, Gas & Electric  Ravi Subramanian
Ravi Subramanian
Director, Talent Acquisition & Mobility 

Principal Financial — Kerry Gumm
Kerry Gumm
Director HR Strategy & Change Management at Principal Financial Group

Frontier Communications — Jim Oddo
Jim Oddo
Director of Operations - Central & Northwest CT

U.S. Bank — Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill
Vice President, Director of Talent Acquisition


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Ready To Work Business Collaborative works cooperatively to help employers develop hiring best practices that target the long-term unemployed, underemployed, people with disabilities, military veterans, and Opportunity Youth.

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