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Workforce Development

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 03.10.2016 | 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 03.09.2016 | 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 02.18.2016 | 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 02.05.2016 | 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 01.27.2016 | 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 11.06.2015 | 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 10.29.2015 | 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 10.19.2015 | 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 10.12.2015 | 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 10.07.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 09.18.2015 | 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 09.16.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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.

Prepare for a Job: Not an Interview

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.22.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Preparing for a job interview can be hectic under any circumstance but especially for a young college graduate trying out for his or her first real job.

Debt-free Degrees, Workforce Development, and 100 Business Leaders at the White House

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Julian L. Alssid

Eighteen months away from the 2016 election, our national workforce and higher education policy arena already includes the campaign trail nearly as much as it does our nation's capital.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

'Inclusion Is Bad for Business'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Inclusion has never expanded my opportunities, or tapped into my creative excellence to solve organizational problems. But engagement has. This is because inclusion is about the company choosing which aspects of me to embrace. When I'm engaged, not only do I excel, the company wins.

Story Powered Job Search

Roger Wright | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Roger Wright

It's a new way of thinking about connecting people and jobs. There is no organization where this is done today. Should that change? Here's where it starts.

If We Don't Reform, Can We Still Be Called the Land of Opportunity?

Dr. Fariborz Ghadar | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Dr. Fariborz Ghadar

Welcoming more foreigners into the U.S. workforce is not traitorous. In fact, it is quite patriotic, and not simply for the obvious ideological reasons.