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Travis Little, a 33 year old resident of Loveland, Colorado, attended a Skillful workshop in search of a career path that would enable him to put his skills as a mechanical engineer to use in another industry. After losing a good job when the oil and gas industry experienced a downturn, he found himself working as a pizza delivery driver to make ends meet. Through Skillful, he learned about training opportunities in advanced manufacturing and signed up with Skillful career coaches. They helped him explore jobs, polish his resume, and apply for funding for training to work as a machinist. Travis thanks Skillful for helping him find a path to learn new skills so he can get ahead in today’s economy. Visit Skillful.com
Bylo Farmer recently decided it was time for a new career. She had a bachelor’s degree in recreation management, but had been out of the field for more than 20 years. She wanted to start over in something fresh and exciting. She had heard a lot about advanced manufacturing as a growing industry in Colorado that offered good jobs, and she decided to sign up for courses at her local community college. During her first week of classes at Front Range Community College she learned about a Skillful Women in Manufacturing luncheon in Denver where she learned about Skillful and all it had to offer. “Going to that luncheon opened up doors I might have missed,” said Bylo Farmer. “I joined the Women in Manufacturing professional group and also signed up for Skillful coaching.” Shortly after the event, Skillful career coach Sara Robertson reached out to Bylo. “Coaching from Sara opened up another resource for me — how to set up my LinkedIn account and how to best leverage my resume to gain employment,” said Bylo. Bylo continued her classes at FRCC and after finishing two classes in precision machining, she received her certification and began applying for jobs. Sara continued to help Bylo improve her resume and LinkedIn profile, as well as prep for interviews. “The last time I wrote a resume was 15 years ago! So Sara's "second eye" and suggestions really helped me land my first job.” A local company that manufactures precision medical devices soon hired Bylo, who says she couldn’t be happier! She credits Skillful and the coaching she received for helping her throughout her journey. “Everything about Skillful was beyond great — for someone coming into a completely new field and not having had to look for a job in the last 15 years. I got amazing support and advice.” Visit Skillful.com
New York – Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird today announced the appointment of Denis McDonough as Senior Principal at the Markle Foundation. McDonough will engage in Markle’s work to scale a skills-based labor market that enables all Americans to succeed in a dramatically changed workforce that requires new skills for the digital economy. McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff for President Obama’s second term. Prior to being named Chief of Staff, he served as the White House Deputy National Security Advisor. McDonough’s distinguished career includes working as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Tom Daschle and as legislative director to Senator Ken Salazar. “In his role as Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, and during his years of work in Congress, Denis gained unparalleled insights into the profound changes the digital economy has ushered in,” said Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird. “He understands that while there has been enormous growth and prosperity for many, millions of others have experienced years of flat wages, or worse, they’ve seen their jobs disappear as automation has transformed sector after sector. Most vulnerable are the almost 70% of Americans who do not have a college degree. Denis is a highly regarded leader who has managed complex problems and diverse partnerships. His contribution will be invaluable as we work to provide access to opportunities for all Americans, and to create impact at a national scale.” A central part of Markle’s economic work is Skillful, a partnership with Markle, LinkedIn, the state of Colorado, Arizona State University, and others. Skillful aims to transform America’s outdated labor market to reflect the needs of the digital economy that puts a new emphasis on skills, which can come from many sources including certificate programs, boot camps, on-line training, community college and college courses. Skillful is providing transparency for workers around the skills they have or the skills they need, and where they can find the training and support to be competitive. It is helping employers find the talent they need to grow, and providing insights to educators to help them train people in the skills required to compete in today’s economy. McDonough will work with Markle’s team to design and develop a strategy to scale Skillful and develop partnerships with others who are leading efforts to expand opportunities for Americans to learn and train for the work of the future. McDonough will look at critical national and local policy supports needed to enable workers to thrive in the digital economy, including in Colorado, where Skillful launched last year, and in other states as Skillful grows. He also will help Markle with its national search for a CEO to lead Skillful. “If more Americans are to succeed in today’s economy, we need new ideas,” said Denis McDonough. “Traditional categories of employment, ways of getting training, and the relationship between employers and workers are continually evolving, and we need to connect Americans to the jobs where trained workers are in demand. I am honored to join with Zoë Baird and the Markle team in their effort to ensure that models such as Skillful can help U.S. workers across the country.” Survey results from a national study by The Pew Research Center, in collaboration with Markle, found the economy and jobs to be top of mind with Americans, with 65% of respondents saying they think good jobs are difficult to find where they live and 87% of respondents saying it is essential or important to continually train and learn new skills to keep up with changes in the workplace. “Americans recognize the importance of skills and training,” said Baird. “But they can’t do it alone. They need pathways to demonstrate their skills and to learn new skills. The challenge of our time is to make sure all Americans can benefit from the wave of digital revolutions that have upended modern life.”Media contact Lisa MacSpadden or Chris Valens at 212-713-7632 or [email protected] About MarkleThe Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology as a breakthrough tool for some of the nation’s most challenging problems. It leads a broad collaboration to Rework America to create good jobs and prepare people for today’s rapidly changing digital economy. Markle’s Skillful initiative is returning economic opportunities to Americans without a college diploma. For more information, visit markle.org, Skillful.com and follow @MarkleFdn and @JoinSkillful on Twitter.
Denis McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff for President Obama’s second term, managing thousands of staff and providing strategic advice to the President on the most significant domestic policy, national security and management issues of the day. He planned and coordinated efforts to recruit and retain key talent – including an unprecedented expansion of technology experts, engineers and content generators within the White House and across the federal government. Prior to his role as Chief of Staff, McDonough served as White House Deputy National Security Advisor from 2010 to 2013. In this position, he chaired the National Security Council's Deputies Committee, leading a multiagency team through complex national security decisions, including decisions related to the Iran nuclear negotiations, strategic arms reductions talks with Russia, the United States re-balance to Asia, the Afghan surge and the Iraq drawdown. Prior to his eight-year stint in the White House, McDonough served in senior leadership and policy making positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. McDonough lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.
A video from Markle and Microsoft on creating a skills-based labor market. Visit Skillful to learn more.
New York - The Markle Foundation today congratulated entrepreneur Joel Hyatt and the team at Globality on this week’s launch of the Silicon Valley based start-up, of which Markle is a founding shareholder. Globality has created a business-to-business marketplace to help connect smaller companies with some of the world’s largest corporations, using artificial intelligence and the expertise of industry veterans to unlock opportunities and to open markets. “Platforms like Globality have the power to drive change to expand economic opportunity for more American small and medium sized businesses,” said Markle CEO and President Zoe Baird. “Globality has the potential to have real impact on the global marketplace.” Globality’s mission to leverage globalization to help more people connect to a dynamic global economy was inspired by Markle, and addressed in Rework America’s collectively authored book, America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, released by W.W. Norton & Company in 2015. Markle convened Rework America, a collective of more than 50 national leaders, to advance transformative strategies and scalable solutions to create opportunities for all Americans in today’s rapidly changing global, digital economy. In America’s Moment, they called for creating platforms to become the intermediaries to help American businesses compete on the global stage, especially small companies that don’t know where to start. In the third chapter, Connect to a World of Buyers, the Rework America authors promote a strategy that brings the world of buyers to America’s desktops and tablets in order to help Americans explore new markets. Globality is moving this idea forward by enabling sellers—the small and medium sized service providers— to expand their customer base in new markets while buyers—large corporations—get access to a network of vetted service providers, as well as efficiencies that help reduce costs. Rework America members have undertaken many impactful efforts to increase access to opportunities in the digital age. The initiative inspired the innovative Starbucks - ASU College Achievement Plan that provides access to an online college education at ASU for thousands of Starbucks employees. Rework America also led to the creation of Skillful.com, a partnership among Markle, LinkedIn, the state of Colorado, Arizona State University and others to create and scale a skills-based labor market. Other efforts in which Markle has engaged with its Rework America members include collaboration with the Aspen Institute Future of Work on policy changes for the workplace and workforce, and an effort with the MIT Center for Digital Business to develop a framework to better measure the economy. Media contact Lisa MacSpadden or Chris Valens at 212-713-7632 or [email protected] About Markle The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology as a breakthrough tool for some of the nation’s most challenging problems. It leads a broad collaboration to Rework America to create good jobs and prepare people for today’s rapidly changing digital economy. Markle’s Skillful initiative is returning economic opportunities to Americans without a college diploma. For more information, visit markle.org, Skillful.com and follow @MarkleFdn and @JoinSkillful on Twitter.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Purdue President Mitch Daniels crisscrossed the country over the last year to ask entrepreneurs, workers, thinkers, and civic leaders how to make capitalism work for the American worker and ensure everyone has a stake in America’s success. The culmination of that work is included in two reports released by the Aspen Institute Future of Work. The first report, “The Promise of Opportunity and the Future of Work” describes how technology and global competition have modernized the American economy while also making it harder for Americans to find jobs with the wages, benefits, and skills training to get ahead. The second report, “A Policy Agenda to Restore the Promise of Work” offers a set of ideas to meet the challenge. Read Report 1 Read Report 2
Linkedin Influencer Zoë Baird For decades we’ve been telling people to get a college degree, and they’ll be able to compete for the growth jobs with higher incomes. But despite our noblest intentions, this message discredits the tremendous potential and skills of 70% of American adults who don’t have that diploma. In today’s digital economy, it’s not necessary that there be a singular path that people take to achieve a good career and lasting success. As a nation, we must chart a new course, one that provides greater prosperity and equal dignity for all Americans. The solution is the creation of a skills-based labor market that will help unleash the potential of our nation’s best asset: our skilled and talented workforce. Everyone should to be able to easily demonstrate the skills they have as well as learn new skills that they need to compete in today’s economy. Ten months ago we launched Skillful in Colorado and Phoenix. Through our work, and the work of our founding partners LinkedIn, Arizona State University, and the state of Colorado we are helping job seekers access a variety of choices to achieve lasting success; making it easier for employers to find the skilled talent they need to grow; and providing data and insights to educators to help them train people in the skills required to compete in today’s economy. Building on this effort, we recently partnered with Microsoft to develop a video that helps illuminate the importance of developing a skills-based labor market that will give American workers the opportunities they need to prosper. I encourage you to watch and share your thoughts in the comment section below. The challenge of our time is to make sure that all Americans benefit from the wave of digital revolutions that have upended modern life. It will take the leadership of many to achieve this ambitious goal, but I’m confident that together we can create a path to real opportunity for all Americans.
New York - The Markle Foundation today announced that James Manyika, a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, has joined its Board of Directors. Based in Silicon Valley for 20 years, Dr. Manyika has worked with many of the world’s leading technology companies and their chief executives on a variety of issues including strategy and innovation. He is also director of the McKinsey Global Institute where he serves as one of three global leaders of McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, and he serves on McKinsey & Company’s Shareholder Council (McKinsey’s Board of Directors). Dr. Manyika has led pioneering research on the global economy, including growth and productivity, technology and the digital economy, automation and the future of work, globalization and competitiveness. His work is closely aligned with Markle’s economic initiative that is focused on leveraging technology and globalization to expand opportunities for employment and to broaden ways Americans can learn and train for the work of the future. Dr. Manyika has been a member of Markle’s Rework America initiative, a collective of more than 50 entrepreneurs, educators, technology leaders, CEOs, community leaders, and others committed to advancing solutions to provide access to opportunities in today’s rapidly changing economy. He is co-author of the Rework America book, America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, and co-author of many MGI books including No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends. Dr. Manyika also has published numerous academic and business articles and reports that have appeared in media writings and journals. He has spoken about the global economy at numerous forums around the world, including at the White House, G20/B20, UN General Assembly, the European Commission, Moscow Open Innovations, and the Vatican. “We are so pleased to have James join Markle’s board as we work to advance innovations that provide equal dignity for all Americans in the digital economy,” said Zoë Baird, CEO and President of Markle. “His knowledge of the digital economy and technology trends will help us drive transformative strategies to scale a skills-based labor market where job seekers can get the skills for in-demand jobs and employers can find the workforce they need to grow.” President Obama appointed Mr. Manyika as vice chair of the President’s Global Development Council at the White House, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed him to her Digital Economy Board of Advisers, co- chaired by Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird. He is also on the boards of The Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and Harvard’s Hutchins Center. Dr. Manyika was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University, a member of the Robotics Research Lab and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Man-Machine Systems, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar and a Smith Rippon Senior Scholar, he holds DPhil, MSc, and MA degrees from Oxford in robotics and engineering, mathematics and computer science, and a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. Media contact Lisa MacSpadden or Chris Valens at 212-713-7632 or [email protected] About Markle The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology as a breakthrough tool for some of the nation’s most challenging problems. It leads a broad collaboration to Rework America to create good jobs and prepare people for today’s rapidly changing digital economy. Markle’s Skillful initiative is returning economic opportunities to Americans without a college diploma. For more information, visit markle.org, Skillful.com and follow @MarkleFdn and @JoinSkillful on Twitter.
Providing Opportunity in the Digital Economy:A video from Markle and Microsoft on creating a skills-based labor market. The defining challenge of our time is ensuring that all Americans are included in the benefits of the digital economy. After more than a decade of work in health and national security, the Markle Foundation has created Skillful to help restore the American Dream by expanding opportunities for better employment and broadening the ways Americans learn and train for the work of the future. Skillful, a partnership among the Markle Foundation, LinkedIn, and Arizona State University, provides transparency around the skills a job seeker has, the skills a job seeker needs, and where he or she can find training and support to get on the path to a good job. Skillful knits together online and on-the-ground resources that empower a job seeker to own his/her path to success, with personal coaching assistance to help them achieve their goals. Learn more about SkillfulVisit Skillful.com
Participants: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Nicholas Burns, Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard University Thomas Donilon, Former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New American Security Steve Hadley, Former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush Jane Holl Lute, Under Secretary General, United Nations Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University Dov Zakheim, Former Under Secretary of Defense America's National Security Architecture: Rebuilding the Foundation The panelists discussed issues from America's National Security Architecture: Rebuilding the Foundation, the latest edition to the Aspen Strategy Group's series of publications released annually to inform timely debates in the public domain about ongoing foreign policy challenges and emerging threats to U.S. national security. In August 2016, the Aspen Strategy Group examined how to reform America's national security decision-making process. The papers in this volume provide practical solutions to repair the key functions of Washington's executive departments, agencies, and advisory bodies responsible for shaping U.S. foreign policy and national security. Read Government For A Digital Economy by Zoë Baird. Watch Panel Discussion
“Our nation seeks major change, and the next president can set in motion a transformative initiative to expand digital economy jobs and dramatically reshape how the government operates.” —Zoë Baird Government For A Digital Economy—In A Time Of Deeply Intertwined Economic And National Security Imperatives By Zoë Baird The private sector is transforming at record speed for the digital economy. As recently as 2008, when America elected President Obama, most large companies had separate IT departments, which were seen as just that—departments—separate from the heart of the business. Now, as wireless networks connect the planet, and entire companies exist in the cloud, digital technology is no longer viewed as another arrow in the corporate quiver, but rather the very foundation upon which all functions are built. This, then, is the mark of the digital era: in order to remain successful, modern enterprises must both leverage digital technology and develop a culture that values its significance within the organization. For the federal government to help all Americans thrive in this new economy, and for the government to be an engine of growth, it too must enter the digital era. On a basic level, we need to improve the government’s digital infrastructure and use technology to deliver government services better. But a government for the digital economy needs to take bold steps to embed these actions as part of a large and comprehensive transformation in how it goes about the business of governing. We should not only call on the “IT department” to provide tools, we must completely change the way we think about how a digital age government learns about the world, makes policy, and operates against its objectives. Government today does not reflect the fundamental attributes of the digital age. It moves slowly at a time when information travels around the globe at literally the speed of light. It takes many years to develop and implement comprehensive policy in a world characterized increasingly by experimentation and iterative midcourse adjustments. It remains departmentally balkanized and hierarchical in an era of networks and collaborative problem solving. It assumes that it possesses the expertise necessary to make decisions while most of the knowledge resides at the edges. It is bogged down in legacy structures and policy regimes that do not take advantage of digital tools, and worse, create unnecessary barriers that hold progress back. Moreover, it is viewed by its citizens as opaque and complex in an era when openness and access are attributes of legitimacy. Download the Chapter