September 13 San Fransisco

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'Ready To Work' Talent - Success & Measurement

Employers agree that innovation is necessary to meet the future needs of the workforce. The Ready To Work Business Collaborative hosted its 3rd in a series of leadership round table sessions to promote thought leadership and collaboration to improve inclusive hiring practices and enable hiring of ready to work talent, often overlooked populations due to unintentional bias, not having the facts or data that shows benefits. Ready to work talent encompasses veterans, the long term unemployed, people with disabilities and opportunity youth.

The day covered conversations with employers including Microsoft, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide and others. We had discussion groups incorporating Improving Retention, Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning.

8:45 – 9:15 Keynote

Chuck Edward, Microsoft


9:30 – 10:30 - Lena Barkley – CVS Health – Benefits of hiring people with disabilities

10:00 – 10:30 - John Bernier – Hilton Worldwide – How Apprenticeships meet hiring goals and benefit Youth Employment


10:45 – 12:00 - Kim Gilsdorf– FSG – Workgroups – Retention strategies that create business and social value


1:00 – 1:30 - Lorri Brady – Oracle Corp – Why Hire Veterans

1:30 – 2:00  David Leaser – IBM – Open Badging/Credentialing a new way to think about hiring in the ‘New Collar World’

1:30 – 2:00 David Leaser – IBM – Open Badging/Credentialing a new way to think about hiring in the ‘New Collar World’

2:00 – 2:30 - Jason Cameron – Pacific Gas & Electric – PowerPathway addresses that looming skills gap – how other industries can replicate


3:00 – 4:00 - Mary Wright – JFF – Discussion Group – Myths & Facts of Work-based Learning (Success & Measurement)

4:00 – 4:30 - Lindsay Strain – HMS Host & Kappie Farrington – Rockefeller Foundation – Youth Hiring – The importance of training, development and retention

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