Seven Sessions Worth Getting Excited For at SHIFT

 SHIFT The Future of Workforce is just around the corner and we are buzzing with excitement. While we love a good webinar, there is something magical about getting together in person to share ideas. We will be releasing our full…

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An Equitable Economy is Essential to Secure Freedom

I seem to be starting an annual tradition on my summer vacations. Last summer, my family traveled the country on a “Civil Rights” tour to explore important moments and places in our nation’s history. This summer, I had the tremendously…

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Ringing In a New Era of Job Quality

Good jobs are the newest hot topic in workforce development, but that hasn’t always been the case. Almost a decade ago, when the National Fund started promoting job quality, it seemed like a radical idea. We love seeing good jobs…

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The Three Questions We Should Be Asking About Jobs and the Economy

The numbers we tout every month are not the best reflection of the state of our economy for working Americans Evaluating the labor market is a challenging task. The media and politicians lean on tangible metrics like the number of…

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Alternative Education for High-Quality Careers

For decades, young people have been told that the only way to be successful is to get a bachelor’s degree, find an entry-level job, and climb the company ladder. Yet there are often large gaps between the broad academic knowledge…

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The Critical Role of Data in the Fight for Workforce Equity

You cannot address what is not named. At the National Fund, we are committed to naming and confronting systemic racial inequities that exist within our own organization, non-profit sector, and the broader workforce development system. Our work is rooted in…

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Trauma Goes Beyond Headlines

Developing trauma-informed workplaces Americans have grown all too accustomed to violence. Just in the last couple of weeks, we witnessed mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, where 10 Black people were targeted for their Blackness and murdered in their community’s…

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How to Make Returning to the Office Safe

Now that vaccines, test kits, and COVID-19 treatments are more readily available and COVID-19 variants are becoming less severe, people have begun the return to office and to normal operations as part of what many are calling a “post-pandemic” world.…

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Building Safety is Part of a High Quality Job

May is Building Safety Month, an excellent time to highlight that safety in the physical work environment is foundational to a good job, company success, and global sustainability. Building and workplace safety in the United States has been evolving since…

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What's the Real Jobs Story?

Reflections on the San Francisco Bay Area I just returned from a family spring break vacation in California. On our road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, we visited the Chinese American Museum and Japanese American National Museum, drove…

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