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Byron was inspired by a diverse set of experiences to conceive and co-found [email protected] From his large extended family to a diverse range of friends in his "hometowns" of Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona, he knows so many people who found themselves stuck, unable to contribute their full talents, nor to be rewarded for them. As an economist, he sees this waste of talent as a classic market failure. From his extensive work advising businesses, he knows the internal processes, constraints and risk aversion that shape employer behavior. In his public service, he has seen both the catalytic possibilities and the significant limits of workforce policy solutions. He has seen heroic non-profit efforts achieve inclusion but fall short of scale. Byron has never met a Mayor or Governor of either party who doesn't want to bring good jobs to her or his community, and is struck by the massive and inclusive economic benefits of re-wiring the labor market. Prior to co-founding [email protected], Byron served for 2 years in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, where his policy portfolio included job creation and labor markets, skills and workforce policies, innovation, investment, infrastructure, transportation and goods movement. Until 2013, Byron was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington DC and in Los Angeles, where he was elected Principal in 1999 and Director in 2005. Over 20 years at McKinsey, he worked primarily in the fields of technology & communications, information & media, services-based businesses, education, economic development, and innovation, leading McKinsey’s High Tech Services sector from 2002 to 2006, and its global Social Sector from 2007 to 2012. He was also co-author of several McKinsey Global Institute reports, including Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce (2009), Growth and Renewal in the United States: Retooling America’s Economic Engine (2011), and An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future (2011), and Help Wanted: the Future of Work in Advanced Economies (2012). His professional experience prior to McKinsey was as an economist at LMC International, Oxford University, and the African Development Bank. He is the author of The Economics of International Payments Unions and Clearinghouses (MacMillan Press, 1995) Until his appointment at the White House, Byron was active in a number of not-for-profit organizations, serving as board chairman of Hope Street Group, and as a member of the boards of trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Yale University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Byron earned a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale University, where he was awarded a Truman Scholarship and the James Gordon Bennet Prize, and a M. Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, as a Marshall Scholar. You can follow Byron on Twitter @Byron_Auguste
The Digital Skills Imperative January 23, 2018 - Digital skills have emerged as an urgent priority in responding to rapid digitalization and mass automation. Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird joined a panel of esteemed speakers to discuss shifting mindsets on lifelong learning and scaling digital-skills-building efforts for the digital economy. Panelists: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup Hussain Sajwani, Chairman, Damac Properties Co LLCoModerator Amy Bernstein, Editor, Harvard Business Review Magazine How the Benefits of Technology Can Be Harnessed for Good January 24, 2018 - On a panel hosted by Accenture and Web Summit, leaders and experts on technology and the future of work examined how we can leverage AI and technology to help the next generation of workers. Panelists: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and Co-founder, Web Summit Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Accenture Will.I.Am, Founder, i.am+
Governor Eric Holcomb is one of 20 founding governors in a national effort to boost workforce skills. The Skillful State Network focuses on creating a labor market in the U.S. where employers can tap into desired talent and workers can continuously acquire new skills. The network says it will leverage data and technology and allow participating states to share "what works." In addition to Indiana, founding states include Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Holcomb says "our focus in Indiana is preparing our workforce for jobs available now and in the years to come. Sharing workforce practices among Skillful State Network members and encouraging multiple pathways to success in a changing economy will strengthen our talent pool, meet employer demand and put hardworking Hoosiers in high-need, high-wage careers of the future."
North Carolina is joining a network of states committed to finding innovative ways to help prepare people for jobs so they can live better lives, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The Skillful State Network brings together 20 states to share ideas that work to create a 21st century labor market. As a leader in workforce development, North Carolina joins the network as a founding member. 'I want North Carolinians to be better educated, healthier, and have more money in their pockets so that they can live more abundant, purposeful lives,' Gov. Cooper said. 'The linchpin to achieving that goal is to help people get good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families. Every state is facing economic challenges and adapting their workforce systems to overcome those challenges. We are thrilled to join the Skillful Network to learn from other states innovating in workforce development and to share our challenges and successes with them as well.' The network is convened by Skillful, an initiative of the Markle Foundation. Skillful helps employers attract and maintain the workforce they need by providing data, tools, and resources for skills-based hiring and training practices. Coaches and digital services enable job seekers to learn what skills are in demand and access training at any stage of their career. Skillful also works with employers and educators so that their training programs teach the skills required to succeed in today's economy.
Gov. John Carney joined 20 other governors in forming the Skillful State Network, a national collaboration to transform the U.S. labor market. The Network expands upon an initiative launched in Colorado by the Markle Foundation that used data to find gaps in the labor market of the digital economy and help train new employees to fill those roles. Now state partners in the Network will share and elevate ideas and practices to achieve specific workforce goals, including aligning education with industry, providing date to job seekers, or training employers skilled-based practices.
Delaware Gov. John Carney is one of 20 governors nationwide joining together in an effort to transform the U.S. labor market at scale to one that is skill-based. The Skillful State Network, a Markle Foundation initiative incubated in Colorado, leverages data and the technologies that are disrupting the economy to achieve a skills-based labor market where employers are able to find the talent they need and individuals can continuously acquire new skills and keep up with the pace of change. The founding governors will share what works and have made partnership and innovation in workforce development a state priority to enable their residents and local employers to thrive in the digital economy.
Wisconsin is one of several states launching a job skills program aimed at training laborers to be more equipped to land technical positions. Gov. Scott Walker is among 20 U.S. governors that joined together to form the Skillful State Network, a hub that includes a how-to guide and resources for developing skills for the digital workforce. The guide, called The Playbook, includes tools and resources developed by Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn Corp. “We need to provide Wisconsinites with the tools to succeed in both today’s and tomorrow’s economy which means developing a highly skilled workforce," said Walker in a statement. "Through the Skillful State Network we are joining with other governors and other states who, like us, are thinking about our states’ future in the global economy."
Employers might have better luck finding workers if they approach hiring like Heather Terenzio does. Ms. Terenzio, founder of Boulder-based software-development company Techtonic Group Inc., found one of her most surprising hires after she gave a talk to prospective computer programmers at a vocational school. The young man she hired wasn’t a student. He was a school employee who had helped to set up coffee and snacks at the back of the room. He had never graduated from high school but had taught himself some programming. That hire became one of the models for how Ms. Terenzio now approaches recruiting: looking for potential along with basic or transferrable skills. As she looks to bring in 40 apprentices this year, she gets excited when she meets candidates like the workers from the local Verizon retail store. “They’re trained in the soft skills of customer service but they also have some technical training,” she says. Employers, educators and policy makers are wrestling with the question of how best to transfer workers’ current skills into digital-ready skills and then rapidly prepare them for new opportunities. Answers are urgently needed. There were 5.8 million open jobs in December, and scant prospects for filling many of them at a time when only 4.1% of Americans in the labor force are out of work. One obstacle: Employers are often stuck in old ways of thinking about whom to hire, workforce experts say, as companies load job descriptions with unnecessary requirements and think narrowly about the labor pools they can draw from. Ms. Terenzio is working with a Colorado workforce-development initiative called Skillful to help other employers think more clearly and creatively about how to fill job openings. On Thursday, that initiative will expand to 19 other states, led by Republican and Democratic governors who signed on to the program with the goal of helping workers recalibrate their skills for a technology-driven economy and developing pathways for workers without college degrees to enter middle-class jobs. The program, called the Skillful State Network, is based on the pilot that Colorado began in 2016. The multimillion-dollar effort is largely funded by the Markle Foundation. Workforce programs are difficult to scale up since they require communication among employers, educators, career counselors and workers. Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014 to help coordinate federal job-training programs, but the most successful initiatives tend to be long-term, local or regional collaborations, says Jack Mills, a workforce expert at research and advocacy group Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Skillful will help states share information on how to, for example, retrain a bank teller to be a cybersecurity worker. “We have 9,000 job openings in cybersecurity in Colorado, and 60% don’t require a college degree,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. A relatively short certification class could take a teller’s skills—being numerate and precise and having an understanding of privacy and security issues—and bolster them for cybersecurity roles, he says.