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Reimagining Pathways to Employment in the US Challenge

How can workers in the United States attain the knowledge and learn the skills needed to access sustainable jobs and livelihoods in the new economy?

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Peter Callstrom

President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Gabriel DeLeon

Employment Specialist, Easter Seals, XPERT Worker Advisory Board Member

Robert Doar

President, AEI

Matt Dunne

Founder & Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation

Betsy Edasery

Managing Director, The Workers Lab

Isa Ellis

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ritse Erumi

Fellow, Ford Foundation

Josh Frazier-Sparks

Senior Manager,

Phil Gilbert

General Manager, Design, International Business Machines, IBM

Alanna Hughes

Vice President of Implementation Strategy, Per Scholas

Willard Hughes

BHI Energy Retired Decontamination Technician, XPERT Worker Advisory Board Member

Dr. Angela Jackson

Partner, Learn to Earn Fund, New Profit

Freada Kapor Klein

Partner, Kapor Capital

Tonja Mettlach

Executive Director, Massachusetts Workforce Association

Dr. Chris Meyer

Director – Department of Education, Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Carrie Morgridge

Vice President and Chief Disruptor, Morgridge Family Foundation

Lisa Neuberger Fernandez

Managing Director, Accenture

Dr. Christine Ortiz

Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and Founder, Station1

Miles Sandler

Director of Education-Engagement, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker

Chief Educational Innovation Officer, Colorado State University System

Asha Varghese

President, Caterpillar Foundation

Stephen Yadzinski

Acting General Manager, JFFLabs

United States

Judging Criteria

  • Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.
  • Potential for Impact: The planned solution implementation has the potential to impact lives and drive economic growth nationally.
  • Scalability: The solution can be scaled to affect the lives of more people.
  • Feasibility: Solution implementation is feasible, and the team has a plan for financial sustainability.
  • Innovative Approach: This is a new solution, a new application of a solution, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge, and the team clearly identifies its competitive advantages (e.g. intellectual property).
  • Diversity: The solution and solution team embody and address diversity throughout their application. 

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