The Pipeline Problem: How to overcome barriers and create lasting connections between diverse talent and top corporations
May 20 via Zoom 6-7:30
“The demand for tech talent has never been higher, yet low-income and first-generation students still face barriers to launching successful STEM careers. Genesys Works is a non-profit social enterprise that seeks to solve this pipeline problem by connecting students in underserved communities to skills training, meaningful internships, and long-term career success. Learn about how Genesys Works partnered with corporations to create a Talent Development Pipeline (TDP), beginning with high school internships and ending with full-time careers. Discuss strategies to prevent career undermatching, foster lasting networks, and connect diverse young professionals directly to the top companies who want to hire them.”
Marit Aaseng first developed her passion for educational and economic equity while serving as an Americorps volunteer with College Possible, after graduating from St. Olaf College. Marit next brought her college access and coaching expertise to Genesys Works – Twin Cities, where she trained and supported low-income high school seniors in professional skill building and post-secondary planning. In 2018, Marit established the Genesys Works Talent Development Pipeline (TDP) which provides extended career development, academic support and networking connections for underrepresented college students pursuing careers in tech and business. A major component of this program is college internship experiences, and connections to corporate recruiters. In 2020 TDP members are completing internships at Target, Medtronic, Cargill, CHS Inc., Xcel Energy, Boston Scientific, Microsoft, and more.
I am passionate about educational and economical equity and BIPOC empowerment. I was born and raised in Kenya from a very low income family of ten. My passion to work with youth, and women started when I volunteered as a radio presenter and producer at a community radio station back home. I saw how my educational programs on youth and women empowerment impacted my community and wanted to do more. I found an opportunity to move to the US to further my education. I attended MCTC before transferring to University of Minnesota to study Human Resources Development. Before joining GW, I worked at Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) as the Internship Recruiter/Program Coordinator. As part of DHS inclusion and diversity efforts, I created relationships with community organizations and schools that support BIPOC youths to connect the youths within internships and full time opportunities within DHS and other state agencies.