Empowering people to engage in work that leads to lives of meaning and contribution

Future of Work

We have a vision for a society in which businesses succeed by creating the conditions necessary to empower employees and help them live lives of purpose and contribution. We work towards this vision by investing in social entrepreneurs who can transform the institutions most responsible for empowering people (business and postsecondary education) to engage in work that enables virtuous cycles of mutual benefit. 

The more these institutions reflect the Principles of Human Progress, the better the results they generate for individuals and society.

We Support:

Creating new educational and training pathways that enable individuals to find meaning and purpose in work
Networks focused on creating career-connected learning programs that can scale
Development of tools to help implement talent strategies based on aptitudes, mindset, and skills
Employers establishing cultures where employees find meaning in their work and benefit from the value they create

Our Partners

Rebecca Taber Staehelin

Merit America
Rebecca Taber Staehelin is the co-founder and co-CEO of Merit America. Merit America provides a pathway to well-paying tech careers for adults stuck in low-wage roles. By combining online learning with significant live coaching and support, Merit America is one of the most effective and scalable models in the field.
At Arizona State University, President Michael Crow is leading an effort to reinvent the public research university. Among many other efforts, ASU is accelerating development of a stackable credential system, reimagining how universities and employers manage transcripts and student records, and even enrolling high-school students in a digital curriculum personalized to them.
Western Governors University is the first university where all degrees are competency based. Started two decades ago by a group of forward-thinking governors, WGU now has over 130,000 students and 200,000 graduates. Served by a faculty of 4,400, WGU focuses on student-centered design, serving working learners, and providing pathways to opportunity for all.

Steve Lee

Steve Lee leads SkillUp, a coalition of nearly 50 employers, training and education providers, career success nonprofits, and philanthropies that helps people who lost work or wages because of COVID-19 get rehired in high-growth industries. SkillUp helps workers identify their existing skills and interests, then recommends low-cost, flexible, career-relevant training programs and certificates, as well as job opportunities with hiring employers that offer generous upskilling benefits. SkillUp also offers scholarships for select programs that can help offset the financial cost of pursuing a new career path.

Partner with us to unlock the potential of every person.

We form partnerships based on a shared vision and complementary capabilities, bringing our network, knowledge, research, and more to every relationship.