Creating equitable employment opportunities is essential to our region’s economic recovery. Doing so requires multi-sector collaboration – between government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropy – to ensure our current and prospective workforce is prepared and qualified both to meet employers’ needs and close the racial and ethnic employment gap. Improving the intersections between education, skills development, and career pathways will broaden opportunities for workers to build necessary skills and abilities to meet their aspirations and contribute to a healthy economic environment.
On February 10, 2022, from 12-1 p.m., the Executives’ Club of Chicago will host We Rise Together: Increasing Employment. This program, moderated by Gloria Castillo, director of We Rise Together: For a Just and Equitable Recovery, will explore the roles of the public, philanthropic, and private sectors in strategies to increase employment in Black and Latinx communities. Panelists will explore asset-based approaches to building the skills infrastructure, including social enterprise for intermediate jobs, wraparound support for workers, and business practices that will help retain workers.