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In Manufacturing, Closing A Skills Gap Requires Fixing An Image Problem

Vicki Holt | Posted 12.21.2016 | Technology
Vicki Holt

Manufacturers across the U.S. are all too familiar with the challenge of finding the skilled workers they need.

Shift Happens - Job Ready Hire

Jamai Blivin | Posted 12.02.2016 | Education
Jamai Blivin

"Shift Happens" was the theme of the Close It Summit held in Dallas, Texas just a few weeks before the election, without knowledge that a big shift in...

The Need For People Data

David B. Nast | Posted 11.07.2016 | Business
David B. Nast

People-related issues can tear apart a company, eroding even the most solid foundation built on the best products or services. On the talent acquisit...

Rebuilding American Manufacturing: Memos to the Next President

Sridhar Kota | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Sridhar Kota

On January 20, 2017--after the speeches, parades, and parties end--the next president will sit down, start sifting through a seemingly endless trove of briefing binders, and begin making difficult decisions that will shape the future of the world.  

#LaborOfLove

Jim Gibbons | Posted 08.30.2016 | Education
Jim Gibbons

I remember the spring of my senior year at Purdue University vividly. It was a time of great fear and desperation. I interviewed with 50 companies and...

Why Your Next Hire Already Works For You. . . Or Should

Jayson Boyers | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Jayson Boyers

For many U.S. companies, the most common approach to fill job openings is to recruit, interview, hire and train. In a highly competitive job market, most companies believe that higher than average pay alone results in acquiring the best talent.

No Shortage Of Talent -- A Shortage Of Vision

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 07.08.2016 | Technology
Jose Antonio Tijerino

With last year's big news of the dismal diversity numbers reported by tech giants in the rear-view mirror, there has been no real change in the percentage of Latino and African American programmers as we head into the second half 2016.

Why Corporate Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

A few years ago during a Bluedrop board meeting, I remember one of our directors at the time, Lecia Stewart, injecting some philosophy during an analytic discussion. She warned us to consider a truism based on the ideas of Peter Drucker -- "culture eats strategy for breakfast."

Interning With Your Best Foot Forward

Julie Kantor | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Julie Kantor

Pssst. Employers and Managers, please enjoy and send this to your interns! co-written with our Summer Associates Delia Borbone and Matt Curry Last ...

For High-Growth Firms, Cash Is Still King

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

When people find out that Bluedrop is a "high-growth firm", they are often impressed. I am guessing they feel that the company has "arrived" and that ...

Shaping the Future

Trevor Youshak | Posted 03.10.2017 | Religion
Trevor Youshak

As rising juniors and seniors, UF students have a lot to look forward to, but also a lot of stressors. One of those key stressors is the future: every...

Tech Giant Taps Into Unique And Powerful Talent Pool

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 03.09.2017 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. This popular q...

Preparing Students Today for Tomorrow's Workplace

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 02.18.2017 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

It is imperative that we not lose sight of the benefits of a well-rounded education - one that fosters creativity and innovation - which is essential for our children's future job prospects and future success in life.

Will Workforce Development Succeed by Being Demand Driven?

Maureen Conway | Posted 02.05.2017 | Business
Maureen Conway

In workforce development, the phrase "demand driven" is common. The idea is that the job of workforce development organizations should be to ascertain the skills and competencies that companies want, and then prepare people with those skills and competencies and place them in open jobs.

Why a Career in Governmental Public Health Might Be Right for You

Brian Castrucci | Posted 01.27.2017 | Education
Brian Castrucci

If you're looking for a career that will challenge you while also providing a life of service and meaning, then I welcome you to a profession that I have never regretted joining: governmental public health.

Hiring the 'Hidden Heroes' Behind our Veterans

Kyra Cavanaugh | Posted 11.06.2016 | Business
Kyra Cavanaugh

Last month, I spoke at the Supporting Military Caregivers at Work and at Home Conference featuring the Honorable Elizabeth Dole (in conjunction with the "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation).

Four Things You Never Knew About the Governmental Public Health Workforce and Why You Should Care

Brian Castrucci | Posted 10.29.2016 | Business
Brian Castrucci

Today, governmental public health agencies face extraordinary challenges, from managing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to adapting to the advent of big data and availability of electronic health records. We need data to ensure that we have the public health workforce that we need.

California: Not Yet Meeting the Increasing Need for College Graduates

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 10.17.2016 | Education
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

We have often stated in this and other venues that the US as a whole, and each state in particular, needs to accelerate the growth of college-educated graduates in order to meet the demand of its industries and remain globally competitive.

Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

Managing Capacity: Walking the Talk About Overwork

Teresa Hopke | Posted 10.07.2016 | Business
Teresa Hopke

After tackling the recession, economic uncertainty and (now) labor shortages, most companies haven't returned to pre-recession hiring levels. We are running our people into the ground.

Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit

Eve Sullivan | Posted 10.01.2016 | Impact
Eve Sullivan

Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not mention parents or parenting. When will policymakers, practitioners -- when will we all -- recognize parenting and family life education as our collective blind spot?

A Bronx Tech Tale

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 09.17.2016 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Exit the subway. Walk by a check cashing service and under a freeway overpass, past some guys chatting on a stoop at three in the afternoon on a Wednesday. Across the street there is a hot dog factory and downstairs a methadone clinic.

Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Seventy-five percent of businesses will be digital businesses by 2020, according to analysts, but only 30 percent of these ventures will succeed. Why? The growing deficit of multi-skilled talent is a major contributing factor.

Time for Higher Ed Partnerships to 'Prove it'

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 08.26.2016 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Recently, my organization, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, has been getting a fair amount of press about our recently announced partnership with Anthem, Inc.: Accredited college degree programs for 50,000 eligible workers, at no cost, if they want it.

Majority Reigns: Millennials Now Atop U.S. Workforce; Meeting Their Expectations Key to Business' Success

Bob Moritz | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Bob Moritz

During the first quarter of 2015, millennials eclipsed baby boomers as the generation with the largest share of the American workforce, a Pew Research Center report revealed.