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Lessons Learned & Key Takeaways from our Inaugural Peer-to-Peer Learning Labs

In the Fall of 2020, Workforce Matters launched three peer-to-peer Learning Labs which provided a table for funders to come together to share information about their own grant making, discuss tough questions, and explore strategies alongside their peers. In a new blog post, we outline the major themes and takeaways across all three labs as well as key themes and takeaways for each topic along with a few practical examples of how participants are applying what they learned in their sessions.

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Rebecca Dixon on Occupational Segregation

Rebecca Dixon - Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project - joined the Workforce Matters Steering Committee's Annual Meeting for a discussion on occupational segregation. In this short video, she provides historical context for occupational segregation in the United States, provides an update on current circumstances, and briefly describes opportunities to address continued disparities. (24 minutes)

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An Introduction to 'A Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders'

March 24 | 1:00 pm ET | Webinar

Workforce Matters published A Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders in January. Join us for this webinar to learn more about what's in this publication and how you can use it. We will also feature concrete examples from your peers of how they have used some of these ideas to change grantmaking practice.

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March Office Hours - Let's Connect!

Are you new to Workforce Matters? Just looking for information about how to get more involved? Join us for one of our monthly Office Hours, where you'll have an opportunity to share information about your interests, learn more about Workforce Matters, and connect with other workforce grantmakers who are also seeking out learning and partnership opportunities. Our next Office Hours will be Friday, March 12 at 12:00 pm eastern.

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on our calendars

Creating an Equitable & Future-Focused Manufacturing Workforce With Apprenticeship

March 16 | 1:00 pm ET | Jobs for the Future | Online

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Hiring on Autopilot: How to prepare yourself and people with disabilities for AI employment practices 

March 16 |  11:45 am ET | Webinar

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2021 Funders Forum: Housing Policies and Partnerships Rooted in Justice

March 23 & March 24 | Online

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Foster an Inclusive Culture for Your LGBTQ+ Staff and Partners

March 24 | 2:00 pm ET | Candid | Online

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new information + resources

Elise Smith, CEO Of Praxis Labs, Raises $3.2 Million In Venture Capital To Help Bring Forth More Conscious Leaders Using Virtual Reality

Article | Forbes



Strengthening Training and Advancement of Essential Workers in Low-Wage Jobs: Recommended Actions for Funders

Report | WES Mariam Assefa Fund + Beeck Center



Biden rescinds Trump-era industry apprenticeship program

Article | HRDive



Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector

Report | McKinsey & Company



The First 100 Days and Beyond Data-Driven Policies to Support Inclusive Economic Recovery and Equitable Long-Term Growth

Report | JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter



State Policy Road Map for an Equitable Economic Recovery

Report | JFF



Building Back Better: A National Jobs Strategy Policy Proposals and a Framework for Action

Report | New America + John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development



Unpacking the Work of Work-Based Learning

Report | Economic Opportunities Program at The Aspen Institute



How workforce development funders can better support diversity

Article | WorkingNation



Employer Power and Employee Skills: Understanding Workforce Training Programs in the Context of Labor Market Power

Report | Roosevelt Institute



Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World

Book ($) | Stephanie Malia Krauss





Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees is seeking a Vice President of Programs. The Vice President of Programs will play a critical strategic leadership role in three areas: program and policy strategy and development, funder education and engagement, and funder mobilizing and organizing. Learn more…


The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and strategic individual to join their team as a Director of Older Youth Initiatives. The Director provides thought leadership and team oversight of their two older youth Initiatives - the Foster Youth Initiative in the US and the Opportunity Youth Initiative, which operate both in the US and internationally. Learn more...


National Association of Workforce Development Professionals is collecting workshop proposals for its annual conference on May 17-19 (virtual). The deadline to submit proposals is March 19th. Learn More...


The WES Mariam Assefa Fund team is looking for an associate director to lead their emerging impact investing efforts. Location is flexible; their team is located in several cities in the U.S. and Canada and currently working remotely. Learn More...


The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is hiring a Program Manager for their Systems Change solution team who will work with regional partners to implement grant-funded systems change initiatives focused on improving workforce outcomes. Learn More...


With support from Prudential Financial, the Economic Opportunities Program at The Aspen Institute is conducting a new Job Quality Survey to learn about job quality perspectives and approaches across a range of organizations and businesses.  Learn More...


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Thank you to our sponsors!

Workforce Matters programming is made possible through the generosity of our Supporting Members. Our recent contributors include: AARP Foundation, Accenture, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Deaconess Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Kessler Foundation, Lumina Foundation, McGregor Fund, Microsoft, New York Community Trust, PayPal, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Siemens Foundation, The Smidt Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Walmart.org, World Education Service's Mariam Assefa Fund, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.




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