$75,000 Vibrant Pittsburgh: Ready Now/Ready Future
PROJECT: Ready Now/Ready Future
PROGRAM: Catalytic Grants $75,000
GRANTEE: Vibrant Pittsburgh
Currently, the Pittsburgh region is one of the least diverse metropolitan regions of the top 100 metro areas in the country. Our low level of diversity, particularly among foreign born individuals, puts the region at a competitive disadvantage. Given the changing demographics of the nation, growing talent demands of the region, and ongoing need for leaders to develop and drive the region’s future, it is an economic imperative that we seed a pipeline of diverse individuals who are ready to move into leadership roles throughout the region. Vibrant Pittsburgh and The Urban League propose to pilot and test the Ready Now/Ready Future Initiative that will develop a culture of professional sponsorship that positions more diverse talent for leadership roles in the region. This project proposes a multi-pronged approach:
- Ready Now/Ready Future Tool: Identify, source and pool diverse talent and build an online directory that is accessible to regional decision-makers.
- Ready Now/Ready Future Opportunity Holders: Develop a partnership and commitment with leaders that have the authority to select candidates for immediate and future senior or executive job openings, board positions and commission appointments, host group “connector events” to help position these individuals to pursue “ReadyNow/ReadyFuture” spots on the lists of the region’s opportunity holders.
- Professional Development Opportunities: Organize connections and/or match-making strategies designed to propel the candidates onto the “Ready Now” or “Ready Future” lists.