Work In Progress

Work In Progress

The future of work is changing. Are you ready?

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May 3, 2021 22 min

For many veterans who served as medics or hospital corpsman in the military, finding a civilian job can be a challenge. By one estimate, half of those talented veterans now looking for work in the health care industry are being turned away. While they have the training and experience from their time in the service, […]

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Every brain works a little bit differently, and it’s those differences that make us unique. A growing number of employers are realizing that those differences add as-yet untapped value and skills to the workplace, and so they are actively recruiting from the neurodivergent community. Among the leaders in this movement is?Hiren Shukla, the global head […]

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“The internet is no longer this perceived privilege, or some convenience, it is truly fundamental to one’s quality of life and our society at large. The internet has become this new superhighway connecting businesses, and health care, and education, and students.” Scott Pulsipher is the president of Western Governors University, the highly-respected, fully-online university that […]

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In this episode of the Work in Progress podcast, my guest is Lisa Gevelber, the founder and vice president of Grow with Google, Google’s training initiative which is helping people gain tech skills for in-demand jobs in today’s economy. Gevelber says there are millions of American workers without a college degree who feel like good […]

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In this episode of Work in Progress, my guest Ramsey Alwin, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging, and I discuss how to make sure older workers aren’t left behind in the post-pandemic economic recovery. The soaring unemployment over the past year has hit many workers hard, especially older workers, who often face […]

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In this episode of Work in Progress, my guest is Amanda Cage, the president and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The nonprofit is a national network of innovators and implementers in workforce development, says Cage, with a shared goal of collaborating with workers, employers, and communities to advance a skilled workforce, promote […]

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In this week’s Work in Progress podcast, I speak with Gregory Johnson, managing director of The Rockefeller Foundation’s U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative. The mission of The Rockefeller Foundation, says Greg Johnson, is to fight for vulnerable families who have been locked out of economic prosperity here at home and abroad. He says it crucially […]

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In this week’s Work in Progress podcast, I speak with Dr. Angela Jackson, managing partner at New Profit and the leader of the nonprofit’s Future of Work Initiative. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the country and economy, New Profit was working to fund programs and initiatives geared toward making sure everyone has equal access […]

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Craig Newmark is one of the original tech billionaires, having made his considerable fortune founding Craig’s List back in 1995. For the past five years, he has given away hundreds of millions of dollars through his Craig Newmark Philanthropies to causes ranging from veteran homelessness to women in tech to supporting teachers to food insecurity […]

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WorkingNation partnered with Cognizant U.S. Foundation to explore solutions to the lack of diversity in the tech industry and share those stories in a series of podcasts and articles. This is the final part of the six-part series. If you missed one of the previous stories, you can find them all here on WorkingNation.com. “Community […]

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In this episode of Work in Progress, Matt Sigelman, the CEO of Burning Glass, joins me to discuss which jobs and skills will dominate the post-pandemic economic recovery, one he says will create as many as 18 million jobs over the next five years. Burning Glass is an analytics company that provides real-time data on […]

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In this episode of the Work in Progress podcast, my guest is Sarita Gupta, the director of the Ford Foundation‘s Future of Work(ers) program. The organization takes a critical look at how emerging technologies continue to change the way we work—both the skills we need and the tasks we perform—as well the very definition of […]

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WorkingNation has partnered with Cognizant U.S. Foundation to explore solutions to the lack of diversity in the tech industry in a series of podcasts and articles. We’re sharing these stories every Friday through early March here on WorkingNation.com. You don’t always need a four-year degree to become a software developer. You need the skills. And […]

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With so many people out of work and looking for a job, it’s understandable that jobseekers are looking for an edge in the hiring process, something that will signal to potential employers the value they bring to the job. And that’s lead to the post-secondary education market being flooded with credentials—at least 967,734 and counting, […]

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WorkingNation has partnered with Cognizant U.S. Foundation to explore solutions to the lack of diversity in the tech industry in a series of podcasts and articles. We’re sharing these stories every Friday through early March here on WorkingNation.com. Because of the pandemic, the number of women in the workforce is declining. Still, they remain slightly […]

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WorkingNation has partnered with Cognizant U.S. Foundation to explore solutions to the lack of diversity in the tech industry in a series of podcasts and articles. We’re sharing these stories every Friday through early March here on WorkingNation.com. Silicon Valley has been struggling with the lack of diversity in the tech industry for more than […]

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Last summer, in the shadow of COVID-19, a new coalition was formed to help put low-wage, frontline workers on the path to an in-demand career, one that will ultimately provide better pay and a better life. “The people we want to help were impacted even before COVID, it’s just COVID has exacerbated and put a […]

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The pandemic and recession are hitting all age groups and industries. But for the first time in nearly 50 years, workers who are over 55 are experiencing unemployment at a greater level than those younger than them. And according to a recent survey by AARP, 61% of older workers are concerned that they could lose […]

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“In general, we continue to have this real disconnect between supply and demand for skilled workers.” In this week’s Work in Progress podcast, I talk with Ben Wildavsky, the senior vice president of National Engagement for Strada Education Network. Wildavsky says over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recession, and even in […]

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All this month, we’re taking a deep dive into the findings in our WorkingNation American Workers Survey. In this Work in Progress podcast, we look at the role businesses play in upskilling the workforce with the skills needed for a good job or career. My guest is Jaime Fall, executive director of UpSkill America, which […]

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