Career Fairs Focus on Increasing Workforce Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion

Career fairs the Bay Area Council helped support and organize in the past several weeks with partners LeadersUp and Work2Future connected hundreds of Bay Area job seekers with new opportunities, provided them with valuable career services and highlighted the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce to the regional economy. Lacey Brooks was among more than 150 job seekers who attended the Work2Future Inclusive Economy Career Fair on Oct. 2 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. Lacey met with recruiters from Tesla, UPS, USPS and Universal Sight Services as she pursues her dream of working in the automotive or mechanical repair industry and one day running her own mechanic business. She told career fair organizers the event “exceeded expectations” and “blew me away.”

More than two dozen employers, including Council members UPS, AT&T, Recology, Sutter Health and US Bank, participated in the Work2Future Career Fair. Under the leadership of the Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee, Gender Equity and Diversity Committee and our Inclusive Economy initiative, we are working to provide greater career opportunities targeted at unemployed young people of color as well as those who historically have been underrepresented in the workforce.

The Council, in partnership with UpwardlyGlobal, will be conducting its final Inclusive Economy Career Fair of 2018 on Oct. 10 with specific focus on connecting highly skilled immigrants and refugees with backgrounds in business operations and IT/Engineering to Bay Area employers. These career fairs wouldn’t be possible without the generous support the Council receives from Citi Foundation (#Pathways2Progress). For more information and to register, visit the October 10th Inclusive Economy Career Fair with Upwardly Global.

To engage in the Council’s Inclusive Economy work, please contact Senior Policy Manager Rachele Trigueros.

To engage with the Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee, please contact Linda Bidrossian, Senior Vice President of Policy.

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