Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business
Is it possible to do good while making a profit?
The resounding answer from our jobs panel at Breakthrough 2019 was “yes.”
The big question, of course, is how to do it. We heard from mission-driven leaders in the business community dedicated to helping the disadvantaged access the social capital and soft and hard skills needed to excel and thrive:
- Michael Jones of Thrive Farmers, whose coffee and tea business not only serves great products but also sought to find an equitable way to support farmers.
- Donnell Woodson of FCS Ministries, which works with communities to provide solutions and job resources that uniquely suit a given community.
- Brook Perez of Georgia Power’s Workforce Development Project, working to expand their work with training and apprenticeship opportunities for the underserved.
Georgia Center for Opportunity’s Hiring Well, Doing Good (HWDG) initiative is dedicated to helping the disadvantaged find and thrive in work. HWDG seeks to understand the barriers that disadvantaged people face (such as lack of childcare, transportation, and housing). We also focus on the type of soft-skills training that is key to getting a job and progressing in it.
Check back soon for more content from Breakthrough 2019!