SXSW 2024

Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow/CREST


Philanthropy frequently funds workforce readiness but has not deeply focused on readying individuals for green jobs. The growing green economy mandates skilled workers, including people of color and women. The Ares Foundation’s CREST initiative supports Jobs for the Future (“JFF”) and World Resources Institute (“WRI”) to advance these goals. CREST will help prepare 25,000 people in the U.S. for high-opportunity green jobs and reskill 1,000 micro, small and medium enterprise (“MSME”) workers in India. CREST will also generate evidence-based guidance to encourage global supply chain equity.

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  1. A value proposition for philanthropy to strategically invest in career preparation and reskilling initiatives to practically address climate change
  2. Consideration of barriers and opportunities for philanthropy’s role in helping pursue a just transition and equipping a climate-resilient workforce
  3. An understanding of how initiatives like CREST can help spur equitable job opportunities and disrupt occupational segregation in the green economy



Michelle Armstrong, Executive Director, Ares Charitable Foundation, Ares Management LLC

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate Change
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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