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Fall 2021 Learning Lab: Centering Workers and Learners of Color

This fall, Workforce Matters will launch a new peer-to-peer Learning Lab on centering workers and learners of color in workforce policy and program design. Centering workers and learners of color is one of the primary recommendations in Workforce Matters’ Racial Equity Framework and is fundamentally core to the work of equity. The lab will be limited to no more than 16 participants. We are seeking grantmakers who can commit to and actively participate in four sessions over eight weeks. The deadline to apply is September 24, 2021.

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International Workforce Grantmaking Discussion

Does your organization make workforce development grants outside the United States? Interested in connecting with peer grantmakers to compare notes and lessons learned from your investments? Please join us Wednesday, September 29th at 1:30 pm central for an informal discussion via Zoom among international workforce funders. Space is limited. This event is free and open to any qualified grantmaker, but you must register in advance to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Oldmixon at sarah@workforce-matters.org.

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on our calendars

The indispensable institution: Taking the measure of community college workforce education

Sept 14th 2:00 pm ET | Opportunity America | Online

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Worker Financial Wellness: How Corporations Can Build Quality Jobs

Sept 15th 1:00 pm ET | Aspen Institute | Online
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Accelerating Recovery through Credentials: Adult-Ready Strategies in Action

Sep 16th 2:00 pm ET | Education Strategy Group | Online

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Insights from Businesses: How Digital Transformation Is Impacting Work and Skill Needs

Sept 22nd | 2:00 pm ET | Online

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Tax Credits: The Anti-poverty Tool of the 21st Century

Sept 22nd 2:00 pm ET | Economic Opportunity Funders | Online

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2021 Virtual Funders Institute

Sept 28th-30th | Funders Together to End Homelessness | Online

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Building a More Robust and Equitable Unemployment Insurance System for a 21st Century Economy

Oct 8th 1:00 pm ET | Economic Opportunity Funders | Online

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Rebuilding for All - 2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit

Oct 14th | Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute | Online

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Emergency Cash Benefits: Lessons From Innovation and Rapid Response

October 20th 1:00 pm ET | Economic Opportunity Funders | Online

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new information + resources

We Can’t Educate Our Way to Racial Economic Equity

Bloomberg Opinion | Michael Collins

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Rural Apprenticeships for Young People: Challenges and Strategies for Success

Urban Institute

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Worker Centers: Past, Present and Future

American Prospect

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The 2020 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report

Change Philanthropy

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A hot labor market won’t eliminate racial and ethnic unemployment gaps

Brookings Institution

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Skilled Workers Are Scarce, Posing a Challenge for Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

The New York Times

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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is hiring a Chief Program Officer.  The Chief Program Officer (CPO) works with the CEO and COO to articulate and implement the strategic vision of the organization; oversee a significant portfolio of programs; evaluate the effectiveness of programs through continuous improvement; help to increase and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship; raise the organization’s profile through external communications; and provide mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to all leadership staff. Apply by Friday, September 17th. Learn more.

The Urban Institute recently announced the selection of eight researchers to join the Equity Scholars program, a new initiative that will expand the institution’s capacity to address structural racism and improve racial equity. The new program will also grow the field of researchers building evidence to accelerate racial justice and strengthen equity across society. Learn more.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is pleased to invite nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, Family Economic Security on the national team. The foundation’s national team focuses on advancing systemic and policy change efforts in promoting thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Learn more

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (AMBFF) invites nominations and applications for the role of Managing Director, Youth Development. Reporting to the Foundation’s President, the Managing Director will implement AMBFF’s strategy and learning agenda to ensure that youth far from opportunity are connected to pathways for meaningful employment and economic mobility. Learn more

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