WR Podcast #8

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Workforce Realigned Podcast, Episode 8: How Merit America is Using Google Career Certificates to Create a More Equitable & Inclusive Job Market

Connor Diemand-Yauman and Rebecca Taber Staehelin

From the Social Finance Institute

The Social Finance Institute, Workforce & Economic Mobility, Education, Career Impact Bonds

Key Takeaway

“One of the last things we want to do is be a train and pray organization where you train, you give them the skills, and then you pray they get a job. So everything we’ve built at Merit America is designed backwards from what employers need … Success is not a graduation. It’s wonderful. It’s a nice milestone, but the success is when they get that new job.”—Rebecca Taber Staehelin, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Merit America

In this Workforce Realigned podcast episode, Connor Diemand-Yauman and Rebecca Taber Staehelin, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Merit America, accompany Social Finance Managing Director Michael Grossman for a discussion on how the program, funded by the $100 million Google Career Certificates Fund, is helping people from underserved communities access well-paying, high-growth jobs.

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You need everyone. You need investors, service providers, employers, and training providers who can get together and focus on one common goal. And that goal is raising incomes for people and putting people on sustainable pathways to prosperity.

Michael Grossman

Managing Director of Impact Investments, Social Finance

Michael Grossman Headshot

The Workforce Realigned podcast offers innovative ideas about how to reboot economic mobility in America. It is part of a larger book, event, and action group series called Workforce Realigned, presented by Social Finance and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia.

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