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November 16, 2022
Podcasts

Season 2, Episode 2: Working Toward A Future of Lifelong Learning

In this episode host, Tameshia Bridges Mansfield examines the future of work and learning as experts in education, workforce development, and business ask the important question – what constitutes success? Most Americans do not have a college degree. So how do workers gain the crucial skills employers need? And how do employers ensure that America is building a viable workforce? The Horizons Podcast takes topics from the stage at JFF’s annual Horizons conference and carries the conversation forward. Bridges Mansfield interviews special guest Lee Lambert, Chancellor, and CEO of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Guest Speakers from the stage at Horizons include: Meghan Hughes, President of Community College of Rhode Island Julie Peller, Executive Director of Higher Learning Advocates John Katzman, CEO of Noodle Maurice Jones, CEO of OneTen Bertina Ceccarelli, CEO of NPower.

Valeria Orozco, Head of Sustainability, Indeed. Kristina Francis, Executive Director, JFFLabs
November 10, 2022
On the Record Series

Horizons: On the Record Episode 4, Growing Green Jobs–Part 2

Part 2 of Horizons: On the Record Episode 4 is on its way! Be sure to watch “Growing Green Jobs,” a new two-part episode of JFF’s Horizons: On the Record series in which we explore employment and training in a green economy. #JFFHorizons #HorizonsOnTheRecord #ClimateChange #Environment #ClimateAction

Valeria Orozco, Head of Sustainability, Indeed.
November 2, 2022
On the Record Series

Coming Soon! Horizons: On the Record Episode 4, Growing Green Jobs - Part 2

Part 2 of Horizons: On the Record Episode 4 is on its way! Be sure to watch “Growing Green Jobs,” a new two-part episode of JFF’s Horizons: On the Record series in which we explore employment and training in a green economy. #JFFHorizons #HorizonsOnTheRecord #ClimateChange #Environment #ClimateAction

Set of Horizons On the Record
October 26, 2022
On the Record Series

Horizons: On the Record Episode 4, Growing Green Jobs–Part 1

Part one of “Growing Green Jobs,” a new episode of JFF’s Horizons: On the Record series in which we explore employment and training in a green economy.

Talking about growing green jobs in Horizons: On the Record Episode 4, Part 1.
October 18, 2022
On the Record Series

Coming Soon! Horizons: On the Record Episode 4 – Growing Green Jobs

Horizons: On the Record Episode 4 is on its way! Be sure to watch “Growing Green Jobs,” a new two-part episode of JFF’s Horizons: On the Record series in which we explore employment and training in a green economy. Learn more at https://horizons.jff.org/explore-cont... #JFFHorizons #HorizonsOnTheRecord #ClimateChange #Environment #ClimateAction

Woman speaking at the Horizons conference about
October 4, 2022
Video

Horizons: Without Limits — Coming June 2023

Get ready for Horizons: Without Limits, presented by JFF. June 14-15th, 2023. #JFFHorizons

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October 3, 2022
Podcasts

Season 2, Episode 1: Leading with Fair Chance Hiring

In this episode, host Tameshia Bridges Mansfield and her expert guests explore the economic benefits of Fair Chance Hiring to businesses and the US economy. Each year more companies are committing to hiring people with criminal records, still hundreds of thousands of workers are still being left out of the workforce costing our economy billions. The Horizons podcast takes topics from the stage at JFF’s annual Horizons conference and carries the conversation forward. Bridges Mansfield interviews guests: Lucretia Murphy, Director of JFF’s Center for Justice and Economic Advancement Deepti Rohatgi, Executive Director of Slack for Good Guest speakers from the stage at Horizons include: Ken Oliver, Executive Director of the Checkr Foundation Larry Miller, Former President & current Chairman, Nike Brand Ken Kuwamaura, Talent Acquisition & Manager Effectiveness at Union Pacific Railroad Sean Hosman, Co-Founder Persevere

Woman and man working together, looking at screen
August 23, 2022
Blog

5 Ways Employers Can Invest In Untapped Immigrant Talent

At Jobs for the Future's Horizons summit, experts from across sectors offered insights on how to engage, support, and upskill an overlooked talent pool—and boost your company’s bottom line.

Inside Horizons 2022 event, looking at stage
June 15, 2022
Blog

At Horizons, Moving Toward Equity—Together

Four key steps to an equitable economic future from innovators and leaders at the 2022 summit

Horizons 2022 attendees
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings, Video

Horizons 2022 Closing: See Beyond

Our partners at DearWorld asked attendees at Horizons 2022 in New Orleans: What does it mean to you to SEE BEYOND?

Larry Miller onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

A Secret to His Success: Nike Executive Larry Miller’s Story

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Larry Miller, Chairman of the Jordan Advisory Board, Nike Ken Oliver, Executive Director, Checkr.org

Ken Oliver onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

Driving Forward with Fair Chance Hiring

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Sean Hosman, CEO, Vant4age Ken Kuwmaura, Talent Acquisition, Union Pacific Railroad Ken Oliver, Executive Director, Checkr.org Lucretia Murphy, Associate Vice President, JFF

Carmel Martin onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

The White House View on Developing Future Talent

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Carmel Martin, Deputy Director for Economic Mobility, White House Domestic Policy Council

Chuck Morse onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

Workforce Collaboration: An Equitable Formula

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Director of the Data Smart Cities Program, Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University Todd Fisher, Program Director American Rescue Plan Funds, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration Chuck Morse, Executive Director at Thrive New Orleans Empowering People with a Network of Resources and Relationships Sunae Villavaso, Director, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, Office of Business and External Services

Panel participants onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

The Entrepreneurial Approach to Solving Problems at Scale

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Jena McGregor, Senior Editor, Forbes Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO, FutureFit AI Thomas Brunskill, CEO and Co-founder, Forage Jason Wang, CEO and Co-founder, FreeWorld Muriel Clauson, CEO and Co-founder, Anthill

Panel participants onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

Lessons Lived and Learned

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Lisette Nieves, President, Fund for the City of New York; Member, JFF Board of Directors Christina Hasaan, Temple University and Hope Center Graduate Frederick Shegog, Founder, The Message LLC Evan Meredith, Climb Hire Graduate

Panel participants onstage at Horizons
June 15, 2022
Session Recordings

The Humility and Humanity of Our Language: An Ongoing Journey

From Day 2 of Horizons 2022: Lucretia Murphy, Associate Vice President, JFF Kysha Frazier, Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce Christopher Walter, Chief External Affairs Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities Clair Minson, Founder & Principal Consultant, Sandra Grace LLC

Dr. Lonny Brooks
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Horizons 2022 Opening with Futurist Dr. Lonny Brooks

During the opening plenary of JFF's 2022 Horizons summit in New Orleans, Dr. Lonny Brooks, Futurist at Institute for the Future discusses our collective imagination to build the future of work and a world in which we can all thrive.

Horizons montage
June 14, 2022
Video

Get Ready for JFF's Horizons 2022 in New Orleans

Horizons is a national platform for transforming the education and workforce systems. In 2022, our annual in-person summit is back in New Orleans! Learn more at https://horizons.jff.org/

JFF CEO Maria Flynn onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Maria Flynn on the Midterm Elections and Gun Violence - Horizons 2022

Maria Flynn, president and CEO of JFF, discusses the upcoming midterm elections and keeping Americans safe from gun violence at Horizons 2022 in New Orleans.

Heather McGee onstate at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Heather McGhee on Collective Problem-Solving - Horizons 2022

Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, discusses the societal cost of systemic racism in our economy and the power of collective problem-solving with JFFLabs Executive Director Kristina Francis at Horizons 2022 in New Orleans.

Heather McGee onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Heather McGhee on Intergenerational Wealth at Horizons 2022

Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, discusses the societal cost of systemic racism in our economy and the intergenerational wealth gap with JFFLabs Executive Director Kristina Francis at Horizons 2022 in New Orleans.

Christina Hasaan onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Christina Hasaan: Students Are Humans First - Horizons 2022

Recent Temple University graduate Christina Hasaan asks educational institutions and employers to consider the humanity in learners and workers at Horizons 2022 in New Orleans.

LaShana Lewis
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

LaShana Lewis Challenges Employers to Rethink Degree Requirements - Horizons 2022

At Horizons 2022 in New Orleans, business consultant LaShana Lewis offers a challenge to employers when it comes to using college degrees in their hiring practices.

JFF CEO Maria Flynn onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Setting the Stage – This is Ours to Solve: See Beyond

At JFF Horizons 2022 in New Orleans, JFF president and CEO Maria Flynn opens up the two-day summit.

Hari Sreenivasan of PBS moderates discussion
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

The Need for Dual Transformation

Hari Sreenivasan, PBS News Hour (moderator) Rachel Romer Carlson, CEO and Founder, Guild Education Brent Parton, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary/Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor Tyra Mariani, President, Schultz Family Foundation; Member, JFF Board of Directors

Steve Lohr, Reporter, The New York Times, moderates a discussion
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

A Cross Sector Perspective

From Day 1 of Horizons 2022: Steve Lohr, Reporter, The New York Times (moderator) Emily Allen, Senior Vice President, Programs, AARP Foundation Joe Fuller, Professor, Harvard Business School, and Senior Fellow, Burning Glass Institute Michael Baston, President, Rockland Community College

Scott Pulsipher onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Universal Language for Learning

From Day 1 of Horizons 2022: Featuring: Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University

Nitzan Pelman onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Financing the Future of Learning Today

From Day 1 of Horizons 2022: Troy Blackwood, Head of Structured Investments, Google (moderator) Jake Edwards, Vice President, Social Finance Jukay Hsu, CEO, Pursuit Nitzan Pelman, CEO, Climb Hire

Panel participants onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

A Debate About What Constitutes Success for Lifelong Learning

From Day 1 of Horizons 2022: Meghan Hughes, President, Community College of Rhode Island Bertina Ceccarelli, CEO, NPower Maurice Jones, CEO, OneTen John Katzman, CEO, Noodle Julie Peller, Executive Director, Higher Learning Advocates

Panel participants onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

Moving to Action on Skills Based Hiring

From Day 1 of Horizons 2022: Byron Auguste, President and Cofounder, Opportunity@Work LaShana Lewis, CEO and Founder, L. M. Lewis Consulting Stacy Eng, Chief Learning and Talent Officer, Chevron Shana DeSmit, Vice President, Regional General Manager, Central U.S., Sam's Club; Member, JFF Board of Directors

Jane Oates onstage at Horizons
June 14, 2022
Session Recordings

From the Business Climate to Climate Resilient Jobs

From Day 1 of Horizons 2022: Jane Oates, President, WorkingNation David Gelles, Reporter, The New York Times

Horizons See Beyond image
June 2, 2022
Blog

Horizons: Looking Back To See Beyond

Join Jobs for the Future (JFF) as we wrap up the first season of the Horizons podcast, which revisits highlights from our completely virtual 2021 Horizons summit.

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June 2, 2022
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 8: Horizons: Looking Back to See Beyond

Wrapping up Season 1 of Jobs for the Future’s Horizons podcast series, host Tameshia Bridges Mansfield and JFF President and CEO Maria Flynn take a look back to explore what it means to See Beyond—the theme of JFF’s 2022 Horizons summit, which takes place June 7-8 in New Orleans.

Roadtrip nation's green motorhome
May 27, 2022
Blog

Roadtrip Nation Seeks New Pathways To Economic Advancement

Roadtrip Nation Cofounder and President Mike Marriner, interviewed by JFF

Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado; Amit Sevak, CEO-elect, ETS; Kristina Francis, Executive Director, JFF Labs; David Soo, Chief of Staff, JFF; Steve Yadzinski, Senior Innovation Officer, JFF
May 26, 2022
On the Record Series

On the Record, Episode 3: On the Record–Career Navigation in a Dynamic Economy, Part 2

Horizons: On the Record–Career Navigation in a Dynamic Economy, a special two-part episode, will focus on the newest critical thinking in education and career navigation. Now more than ever, learners and workers have many options and considerations to weigh throughout the lifespan of their careers.

Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado; Amit Sevak, CEO-elect, ETS; Kristina Francis, Executive Director, JFF Labs; David Soo, Chief of Staff, JFF; Steve Yadzinski, Senior Innovation Officer, JFF
May 25, 2022
On the Record Series

On the Record, Episode 3: On the Record–Career Navigation in a Dynamic Economy, Part 1

Horizons: On the Record–Career Navigation in a Dynamic Economy, a special two-part episode, will focus on the newest critical thinking in education and career navigation. Now more than ever, learners and workers have many options and considerations to weigh throughout the lifespan of their careers.

Cabinet Secretaries Walsh, Cardona and Raimondo
May 3, 2022
Blog

Cabinet Secretaries Commit To Scaling Equity And Opportunity

At JFF’s Horizons summit last year, Marty Walsh, Miguel Cardona, and Gina Raimondo started a conversation about building more equitable workforce and education systems.

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May 2, 2022
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 7: Cabinet Secretaries Commit to Scaling Equity and Opportunity

In this episode of JFF’s Horizons podcast, host Tameshia Bridges Mansfield shares clips from a Horizons 2021 session titled “Advancing Equity and Opportunity at Scale,” in which three members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet — Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo — discussed strategies for developing education, training, and workforce development initiatives that lead to well-paid jobs and economic opportunity for all Americans.

Women and men collaborating, looking at reports
April 28, 2022
Blog

Now Is The Time To Build A Better, More Equitable Workforce Development System

At SXSW EDU in March, JFF brought dozens of innovators and thought leaders together to share ideas about transforming U.S. education and workforce systems.

JFF team members on stage at SXSW
April 21, 2022
Blog

JFF Opens A Conversation About A New Future For Workers And Learners At SXSW

At Jobs for the Future (JFF), we embraced that message when we designed a special block of programming for SXSW EDU 2022, which took place last month. We had the privilege of bringing together dozens of innovators and thought leaders committed to building a future that works for learners and workers for a series of conversations and presentations focused on one clear message: We must work across sectors to transform this country’s workforce and education systems.

Participants at Horizons 2022
April 4, 2022
Blog

JFF Experts Push To Transform Our Workforce And Education Systems At ASU+GSV 2022

The theme at 2022’s ASU+GSV Summit called for attendees to imagine a new era—one where all people have equal access to the future. JFF showed up ready to meet this challenge and get audiences thinking about where to invest in our workforce and education systems to bridge the gap between where we are today and where we must go.

Images from The Big Blur report
March 28, 2022
Blog

A Blurred Vision For Good

Let’s be real: Over the past few decades, there have been many attempts to improve the U.S. education system and make it more equitable for all learners. While those efforts may have been sincere, they have not succeeded. Our nation’s education and workforce development systems remain broken and inequitable.

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March 28, 2022
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 6: Blurring the Lines Between Education and Work

In this episode, host Tameshia Bridges Mansfield explores Jobs for the Future’s bold concept “The Big Blur,” which blends educational pathways across high school, postsecondary education, and career development opportunities to make it easier for all learners to obtain the skills they need to succeed in the workforce, regardless of their zip code or background.

Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Raël Nelson James, Partner and Head of Equity, The Bridgespan Group; Michael Collins, Vice President, JFF; Kristina Francis, Executive Director, JFFLabs; Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, Vice President for Workforce Innovation, JFF
March 7, 2022
On the Record Series

On the Record, Episode 2: Advancing Racial Economic Equity for Black Learners and Workers

Innovative leaders discuss the critical ongoing work to advance racial economic equity for Black learners and workers in education, training, and employment.

Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland
March 7, 2022
Blog

Advancing Racial Economic Equity For Black Learners And Workers

In the most recent episode of Horizons: On the Record, innovative leaders discuss the critical ongoing work to advance racial economic equity for Black learners and workers in education, training, and employment.

Man working at home with children in room
February 22, 2022
Blog

Future Proof: Leading To An Equitable Economic Recovery

An equitable economic recovery isn’t an aspirational euphemism. It starts with the most basic needs of life for everyone—housing, food, warmth, health care, and a family-sustaining income, for starters. As we head into the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, there are earnest efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to work toward building a fair and just economy. While there’s no magic wand, there are some fundamental principles that leaders in education and workforce are applying.

Horizons Podcast logo
February 21, 2022
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 5: Future Proof: Leading to an Equitable Economic Recovery

This episode of JFF’s Horizons podcast explores strategies for achieving an equitable economic recovery following the pandemic.

Man and woman working in server room on computers
January 24, 2022
Blog

AI In Learning And Work: A Double-Edged Sword

The world of artificial intelligence, or AI, is fascinating, intimidating, provocative, and empowering all at once.

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January 23, 2022
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 4: AI in Learning and Work: A Double-Edged Sword

This episode of JFF’s Horizons podcast explores the exciting yet unpredictable world of artificial intelligence, or AI.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh; U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici; Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education; Denise Forte, CEO of The Education Trust
December 9, 2021
On the Record Series

On the Record, Episode 1: How Build Back Better and Infrastructure Bills Can Advance Learners and Workers

In our premiere episode of Horizons: On the Record, we focus on the opportunities available in education and workforce development from Build Back Better and the new infrastructure legislation. We’ll hear from:

Maria Flynn, JFF CEO andU.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh
December 9, 2021
Blog

How Build Back Better And Infrastructure Bills Can Advance Learners And Workers

In our premiere episode of Horizons: On the Record, we focus on the opportunities available in education and workforce development from Build Back Better and the new infrastructure legislation.

Students walking together
November 22, 2021
Blog

Career Navigation For Future Talent

If you are or were ever a student, you might relate to this description of what routinely happens...

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November 1, 2021
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 3: Career Navigation for Future Talent

The journey from learning to earning can be ambiguous and unstructured. To complete the trek successfully, you have to engage in what’s often called career navigation. Knowing how to approach career navigation is especially important for young people—our country’s future talent. And that’s the topic JFF addresses in the third episode of our Horizons podcast.

People collaborating together
October 25, 2021
Blog

Education Meets Employment: The Need For Collaboration

If there was one unscripted through line at our Horizons summit last June, it was the near...

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October 1, 2021
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 2: Education Meets Employerment: The Need for Collaboration

In the second episode of the JFF Horizons podcast, Tameshia Bridges Mansfield shares highlights from Horizons presentations that explore the need for the stakeholders in the learn-to-work ecosystem to work together.

Young women and men talking together
September 22, 2021
Blog

Building A More Equitable And Supportive Corporate Community For Black Talent

Let’s face it: It’s autumn 2021, and we’re still grappling with a pandemic that has now lasted a...

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September 17, 2021
Blog

Introducing Horizons . . . The Podcast

At JFF, our mission is to drive change in the American workforce, create a more equitable society,...

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September 5, 2021
Podcasts

Season 1, Episode 1: Building a More Equitable and Supportive Corporate Community for Black Talent

In this episode of Horizons, Tameshia Bridges Mansfield shares highlights from two powerful discussions about promoting Black talent in the workplace.

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September 1, 2021
Podcasts

Season 1 Horizons Podcast Trailer

Listen and learn along with host Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, JFF vice president for workforce innovation, as we revisit key themes from the conference like building connection, diversity, and innovation in the workforce.

Byron Auguste and Maria Flynn speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Reflecting on a Tumultuous Year

Maria Flynn, CEO of JFF, and Byron Auguste, CEO of Opportunity@Work, discuss the economic impacts of COVID-19, with a focus on the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans. They reflect on learnings from 2020 -- a year characterized by hardship for many and a reckoning with racial injustice -- and provide framing for the Horizons audience.

Myriam Sullivan, Eric Seleznow, Mary Alice McCarthy, Latitia McCane and Suzan LeVine speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Youth Apprenticeship: The Time Is Now

Katie Fallon, Federico Zaragoza, and Tony Carnevale speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Employers Investing in Worker Mobility

Lauren Bell, Jeffrey Korzenik, Lucretia Murphy, and Ken Oliver speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Taking Action on Fair Chance Hiring

U.S. Representative Andy Levin and Richard Reeves speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

The Policy Outlook from Capitol Hill

Shana DeSmit and Donna Morris speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Supporting Workers: Insights From the Nation’s Largest Private Employer

Horizons 2021 - Supporting Workers: Insights From the Nation’s Largest Private Employer w. Donna Morris and Shana DeSmit

Maurice Jones and Willa Seldon speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Building a Corporate Community to Support Black Talent

Willa Seldon, partner at The Bridgespan Group, and Maurice Jones, CEO of OneTen, discuss the launch and progress of OneTen, a new coalition of leading executives who are coming together to reskill, hire, and advance one million Black Americans over the next 10 years. They reflect on how OneTen is meeting the moment, what makes it different from other coalitions, and what the corporate community is doing to support Black talent.

Michael Collins and Dalila Wilson-Scott speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Corporate Commitments to DEI: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast, and Michael Collins, Vice President at JFF, discuss corporate efforts to increase Black, Latinx, and Indigenous worker advancement over the past year. They provide an honest assessment of the impact and permanence of these commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and discuss the big actions necessary to drive systemic change.

Tyra Mariani and Sheri Schultz speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

How Foundations Can Help Drive Lasting Change

How Foundations Can Help Drive Lasting Change w. Sheri Schultz and Tyra Mariani

Gayatri Agnew, Linda Ho, Brent Hyder and Catherine Ward speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Leading Through Recovery

Horizons 2021 - Leading Through Recovery w. Brent Hyder, Gayatri Agnew, Linda Ho and Cat Ward

David Coleman and Kaya Henderson speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Strengthening Connections From High School to Postsecondary Education and Work

Strengthening Connections From High School to Postsecondary Education and Work w. Kaya Henderson and David Coleman - Horizons 2021

Maria Flynn and Lisa Gevelber speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Catalyzing the Ecosystem for Inclusive Economic Recovery

Catalyzing the Ecosystem for Inclusive Economic Recovery w. Lisa Gevelber and Maria Flynn - Horizons 2021

Jeff Turgeon, Tameshia Mansfield, Monique Baptiste, and Evette Ellis speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

The Grand Challenge of Modernizing How We Train America

The Future of Work Grand Challenge, powered by XPRIZE, MIT Solve, New Profit, and JFF, is a $6M initiative to accelerate solutions that can train and place millions of workers into higher-skilled, higher-wage careers. In May of 2021, the top 15 ideas from the Grand Challenge began to conduct deep testing at American Job Centers in six states to ensure that the new technologies not only train people for new skills and jobs of the future—but also lead to meaningful employment, a living wage, and actual job placement. At Horizons 2021, we'll dig deeper into the "so, what?" behind an initiative like the Grand Challenge, tackling questions like: - What are the on-the-ground learnings of this work?  - Who are the people and stories behind the initiative?  - How can the Grand Challenge influence employer, funder, policy, etc. behavior — what must be true for that to happen? - How do we use this moment to accelerate a future of work that works for everyone?

Joel Vargas, Kyle Hartung and Lexi Barrett speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

The Big Blur: Reimagining the Transitions Between Grade 11, Postsecondary, and Career

Postsecondary credentials are increasingly necessary to secure jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and that provide opportunities for economic advancement. Yet, the path from high school to college and career is highly fragmented and challenging to navigate, particularly for students who are experiencing poverty and students who are Black, Native American, or Latinx. The divisions between systems were built for a bygone time and not up to the task of producing equitable outcomes for the future of work. The nation needs a radical rethinking and restructuring of current transitions and the assumptions that gave rise to them. In this session, JFF Vice President Joel Vargas will present JFF’s vision for a reimagined transition for response from national leaders in K-12, postsecondary, policy, and business.

Alex Alonso, Michelle Gilliard, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, and Katie Nielson
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Designing Inclusive Workplaces for All

Horizons 2021 - Designing Inclusive Workplaces for All

Nancy Hoffman speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Social Networks to Support Social Mobility

While a postsecondary credential is of high value, it’s not a guarantee of a good career. Access to good jobs in today’s fluid economy increasingly favors the knowledgeable and the well-connected. Many young people understand that “networking” and “making connections” are good things. But they and the adults with whom they interact rarely have explicit knowledge about how social capital is developed and how social networks operate. In this session, JFF's Nancy Hoffman provides an overview of social capital and network theory as they apply to labor-market access. It focuses on the barriers and obstacles that low-income job seekers—even those with newly minted degrees aligned with good jobs—need to understand and overcome, especially when moving into fields where there is little diversity in class, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Erica Bucaro, Nicholas D'Antonio, Ryan Ellis and Amy Girardi speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Talent of Tomorrow: Building Diverse Talent Pipelines

Horizons 2021 - Talent of Tomorrow: Building Diverse Talent Pipelines

Steve Lee, Anne La, and Carrie Varoquiers speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Learning as an Experience: Innovative Training for the Future of Work

Horizons 2021 - Learning as an Experience: Innovative Training for the Future of Work

Tom Hooper, Sara Lamback, Kim Mitchell, and Robert Vaughn speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

On-Ramps to the Tech Sector: Effective Strategies for Accessing Tech Career Pathways

Entry-level roles within the tech sector are occupations with strong wages and career pathways, but women, communities of color, and individuals without bachelor's degrees have had challenges accessing them. This session will identify key tech career pathways in labor markets nationwide, as well as a range of strong onramps strategies for helping these individuals access these pathways. It will also feature NPower, a provider with proven success preparing and placing participants in tech jobs, highlighting the key elements of their model and tips for replicating it. Finally, the session will provide key takeaways on employers’ talent development needs in entry-level tech occupations.

Peter Cohen, David Sutphen, and Rusty Greiff speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

The Evolving Lifelong Learning Marketplace

Join experts from across the education, corporate and workforce ecosystem as they share and debate their “BIG IDEAS” about the future of lifelong learning and how corporations and universities are converging, collaborating and (at times) competing on new solutions for learners and workers of all ages. Sector leaders will dive into questions about the new lifelong learning marketplace and how diverse stakeholders are collaborating to develop equitable, accessible, and dynamic platforms, solutions and systems for the new consumer-learner. Participants: Peter Cohen, President, University of Phoenix David Sutphen, 2U Janice Burns, Degreed Moderator: Rusty Greiff, JFF

Stephen Bediako, Bosko Kante, Patricia Ellis, Alison Schmitt, Marti Shaw, Danny Spitzberg, Valerie Wanner speaking at Horizons
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Rethinking Job Quality: A Worker-Led Approach

As the country continues to chart a course for recovery after the confluence of crises in 2020, there has been a new level of reflection on job quality and its role in strengthening our economies. Policymakers are hungry for new solutions; additionally, employers are seeking ways to recruit and retain a skilled, diverse workforce and recognizing that improving job quality is a key lever to increase competitiveness and improve their bottom line. Speakers: Stephen Bediako, Managing Director, Turning Basin Labs Bosko Kante, CEO & Co-Founder, ElectroSpit Patricia Ellis, CEO, Weekend Mobile Notary Alison Schmitt, Associate Director, JFF Marti Shaw, Worker-Researcher, Turning Basin Labs Danny Spitzberg, Lead Researcher, Turning Basin Labs Valerie Wanner, Worker-Researcher, Turning Basin Labs

 Tod Loofbourow, Cynthia Breazeal, ViralGains Noelle Silver and Greg Toppo speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

The Calm Before the Storm: The Transformational Impact of Al on Education

Artificial intelligence is transforming the world of education in two areas - changing work and changing learning. By automating away many jobs, it is transforming the skills and competencies that employers are seeking from workers, creating new opportunities and challenges for educators. It also offers the promise of transforming education itself, bringing a personalized, scalable set of methods to educators to deepen the ways they work with learners. This session will explore the impact of AI on education, and how it might be applied in intentional ways to improve learning for all. Speakers: Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab Tod Loofbourow, ViralGains Noelle Silver, AI Leadership Institute Greg Toppo, Journalist, Author

Tamar Jacoby and Chancy Lennon speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Innovation at Community Colleges

Findings from a National Study on Credit and Noncredit Workforce Programs

Catie Cuan speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

How an Art Project Prepares You for Jobs That Don’t Exist

Robot choreographer Catie Cuan will share what she learned in an artist-in-resident project in which she applied skills that we humans will need as we transition to increasingly automated work environments. Her presentation reinforces the message that learners and workers can draw on their existing skills and learn new ones to co-exist with robots—college degree not required. Catie will also introduce her forthcoming app that people can use to create their own “art projects” and be part of her ongoing work exploring human-robot interactions.

Julius Austin, Lauren Kennedy, Mara Lockowandt, Tyrone Roderick Williams speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
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Learning Through Storytelling: Housing, Recovery, and Resiliency

As the country continues to navigate the road to recovery, solutions must be informed by those most affected. Join us as we celebrate the voices of our “Communities in Recovery” podcast series, which has featured people from across California sharing the deeply personal impacts of the pandemic and resulting economic crisis, as well as their ideas for the future. Along with officially launching our finale episode, this session will feature the experiences and perspectives of three of our incredible guests on driving recovery through infrastructure investments and regional collaborations. Engage with our podcast participants as we discuss how those experiences translate into strategies for inclusive economic recovery and growth.

Sanjay Sarma and Jim Tracy speaking at Horizons 2021
June 23, 2021
Session Recordings

Horizons Author Series - Sarma and Jim Tracy

Larry Miller onstage at Horizons
December 1, 2022
Session Recordings

Nike's Larry Miller on the Wasted Talent in Our Prisons - Horizons 2022

At Horizons 2022 in New Orleans, Larry Miller, Chairman of the Jordan Advisory Board at Nike, says companies will benefit in the long run if they recognize the opportunity of proactively hiring people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

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