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Genesys Works’ Impact: Sara’s Story

Sara joined Genesys Works Bay Area in Summer 2021 as an English Language learner. A student at Oakland International High School, her high school guidance counselor recommended Sara for the program as a “very goal-oriented individual who strives for excellence.” The counselor added, “I think that this attitude is in part due to the number

Volunteer Appreciation Month: Intern Supervisor Spotlight

Angela Kean – JPMC What motivated you to partner with Genesys Works? I have always thought that my retirement job would involve teaching technology/business at a community college somewhere. When I was approached about being a supervisor for Genesys Works, I thought this might be a great way to test if this was a good

Volunteer Appreciation Month: Intern Supervisor Spotlight

Eve Colmus – Clif Bar What motivated you to partner with Genesys Works? So many young people have a hard time seeing themselves in tech because of their gender or ethnicity. My goal is to change that and give them the tools and inspiration they need to make it in the industry.  What makes serving

The Alumni Catch-Up: From Mission to Impact

Mia PollardGenesys Works Bay Area Alum Class of 2021 Where are you in your career journey?I’m currently finishing my first year of college at UCLA, where I am pursuing a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. GO BRUINS!!! I am also working as a Business Operations intern at Craft.co, a data management company, and seeking summer job

Expanding Our Impact: Career Accelerator Overview

The goal of Career Accelerator is to address a twofold problem:  Students are not prepared to successfully enter and persist in the workforce upon graduation from high school, and  Employers are struggling to identify and hire highly skilled, entry-level talent  We know from our school and district partners that current high school curricula does not

The Alumni Catch-Up: From Mission to Impact

Tarrell TalbertGenesys Works National Capital Region Alum 2019 Where are you in your career journey?I am currently a junior at North Carolina A&T State University, pursuing a bachelor’s in Computer Engineering. Where do you see yourself professionally in three to five years?I hope to get an internship this summer that could either co-op into my

Now is the time to reevaluate historical recruitment practices

Every year, companies invest billions of dollars in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, promising to take meaningful steps to advance racial and economic justice. Yet, people of color—who make up 40% of the U.S. population—are underrepresented in the most influential fields, while millions of jobs remain unfilled. Now is the time for companies to

The Alumni Catch-Up: From Mission to Impact

Emmanuel WilliamsonGenesys Works Chicago Alum 2016 Where are you in your career journey?While I am just beginning my professional career journey, I am extremely excited about my future. I currently work as an Investment Banking Analyst at Mesirow, an independent financial services firm here in Chicago. Where do you see yourself professionally in three to

We Are All a Part of Black History in the Making

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We can learn a lot from history, and Black history is American history. During Black History Month, we celebrate the profound contributions Black Americans have made to society. During his Montgomery Bus Boycott speech in 1955, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  said, “we’ve got to come to the point that we

Intentional Mentorship Advances DEI Strategies

According to a study by Cornell University, mentorship continues to be more effective than any other diversity initiative in expanding economic opportunities for underrepresented groups and improving the retention rates for women and people of color. Indeed, mentorship programs are a sound tool to meaningfully advance DEI strategies.  At Genesys Works, we’ve seen first-hand the