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SXSW EDU 2021

The Black Talent Shortage Is a Myth. Here’s Proof.

Groundbreaking new research suggests that there are six million Black workers in the U.S. who have the skills to succeed in jobs that pay 70% more than their current wages. But time and time again, these individuals are overlooked by employers because they lack college degrees. This fireside chat will call attention to the challenges faced by those who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) – and particularly the ways that Black workers have borne the brunt of the fallout from COVID-19.

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  1. Explore new research that identifies the millions of Black workers with the skills to succeed in higher-wage jobs.
  2. Discuss the barriers (like a reliance on college degrees) that prevent those workers from pursuing better-paying, more fulfilling careers.
  3. Surface new approaches and strategies for businesses and education providers to increase representation of Black workers.

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Ben Watsky, Chief of Staff, Whiteboard Advisors

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