Join Urban Alliance and Grads of Life for a webinar examining the current state of youth in this economy, the far-reaching benefits of strong youth employment - and how to ensure that an entire generation is not left behind during the pandemic.

Youth have been the hardest-hit by COVID-related unemployment in the US, yet while relief efforts have focused on small businesses, families, and keeping the economy churning, little attention has been paid to the needs of the roughly 42 million Americans ages 18-24 who contribute about a quarter of household income nationwide. The surge in youth unemployment has ripple effects not only for the next-generation workforce, but for families, communities, businesses, and the economy as a whole.

Along with our partners from the Rock Family of Companies and YouthForce NOLA, we'll discuss how businesses can act now to ensure today's students have the tools needed to become tomorrow's workforce.

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  • Eshauna SmithCEO, Urban Alliance - Eshauna joined Urban Alliance in 2013 as its first President, building partnerships and initiatives to grow its mission preparing youth for economic self-sufficiency through paid internships. In 2014, Eshauna became Urban Alliance’s national CEO, where she is focused on building upon its culture of results and data-driven approaches, deepening its commitment to putting students first, and increasing its national presence.  In 2016, Urban Alliance won a coveted Department of Education i3 grant to expand in its current four cities and additional markets. 

    Previously, Eshauna was Senior Policy Advisor for Disconnected Youth and Workforce Development for DC’s Deputy Mayor for Education where she developed Raise DC, the first cradle-to-career partnership to improve DC youth education and workforce development.  From 2006-2010, Eshauna was the founding Executive Director of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin.
  • Elyse RosenblumFounder and Managing Director, Grads of Life - Elyse co-founded Grads of Life, an initiative of Year Up, to leverage the power of the private sector to close the Opportunity Divide in America. Grads of Life provides advisory services to help leading employers effectively recruit, hire, and retain Opportunity Youth and other traditionally overlooked groups of talent. It also conducts research to support broad adoption of best practices. She is a thought leader who has extensive experience working with private sector leaders, nonprofits, and foundations to develop strategies, drive research and  build tools that support the adoption of inclusive hiring practices that provide economic opportunity and mobility for all. As Managing Director of Grads of Life, Elyse sits on Year Up’s Executive Team and helps shape the organization’s approach to systems change and other strategic efforts that complement the direct service program.

    Prior to founding Grads of Life, she was a consultant to Corporate Voices for Working Families and worked at Bass & Howes, and Hogan & Hartson. Elyse holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and is a graduate of Williams College. 
  • Dan Ngoyi, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Rock Central - Dan joined Detroit-based Rocket Mortgage in February of 2013, and now serves as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Rock Central, a professional services organization that supports Rocket Mortgage and its affiliates. In his role, he leads a team that works on identifying, interviewing, and placing a diverse slate of candidates within the affiliated companies who comprise the “Rock Family of Companies.” His teams oversee the development of talent brand, strategy and execution for more than thirty companies.

    Dan’s passion for talent stems from his unique cultural background and his lifelong mission to make an impact with others. He is also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has spoken at events nationwide to help bring incredible talent to Detroit. As the leader of the Talent Acquisition team, Dan focuses on strategic recruiting efforts both internally and externally – with an emphasis on talent at college campuses and throughout community organizations. An avid golfer and reader, Dan cites Steve Jamison’s “Wooden on Leadership” as one of his favorite books. Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Wayne State University. He and his wife, Denine (who is also a Wayne State alumna), live in Dan’s hometown of Detroit. 
  • Cate Swinburn, Co-Founder and President, YouthForce NOLA - Cate Swinburn is President of YouthForce NOLA, an education, business, and civic collaborative that prepares New Orleans public school students for successful pursuit of high-wage, high-demand career pathways, and ultimately, economic success. Cate has led YouthForce NOLA since its inception in 2015, during which time the number of New Orleans public school graduates earning industry recognized, career credentials has increased ten-fold; nearly 1,000 students have completed rigorous, paid internships in high-wage fields; and the conversation across the city has shifted to embrace career readiness programming as essential to preparing students for educational, economic, and life success.

    Prior to YouthForce, Cate served as President of Educate Now!, a non-profit that played an integral role in the continued reimagining of the traditional school district. Cate has also worked as an independent consultant – supporting non-profit organizations in developing strategic initiatives. Prior to moving to New Orleans in 2012, Cate served as the Chief of Data and Accountability with DC Public Schools, President and Executive Director of DC Public Education Fund, and Portfolio Director for The Fund for Public Schools in New York City, as well as teaching for five years in rural and urban Texas. Cate holds a Master of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish. Cate is an alumnus of both Teach For America and Education Pioneers.


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