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The Employment Technology Fund Launch

Recently, the 2017 Close It Summit was held in Chicago.  One of the sessions, The Employment Technology Fund Launch: An Introduction And Discussion, highlighted an investment in high impact, scalable technology solutions that help individuals find a path to employment and improve their earnings potential. The technology solutions span learning and training, mentoring and support, career assessment and job search, matching and placement.

This session focused on how four leading foundations joined together to create an investment vehicle that supports organizations looking to scale Innovative Employment Technologies. The presentation highlights the potential of technology in scaling workforce development efforts and lay the groundwork for future collaborations in the field.  Below is a list of the speakers collaborating on this presentation.


Sameer Gadkaree, Senior Program Officer, The Joyce Foundation;

Danielle Goonan, Senior Manager II, Grant Portfolios, Walmart Foundation;

Yigal Kerszenbaum, Managing Director, The Employment Technology Fund;

Andrea Mainelli, Senior Advisor, Tyton Partners;

Adam Newman, Founder & Managing Partner, Tyton Partners;

Laura Roberts, Program Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation


The EdTech Center at World Education will be doing field testing and advising for tools invested in under the Employment Technology Fund.  Interested in learning more about field testing these innovations with your learners?  LINCS member, and Director of Strategic Initiatives at World Education, Allison Ascher-Webber, is available to answer your questions on getting involved.  View the presentation, and share your questions with us here.


Mike Cruse

Career Pathways Moderator