Goldman Sachs, Aon Foundation & City Colleges of Chicago on the BRAND LAB SERIES™ Ep 36
Talent is also a recurring theme heard from executives and entrepreneurs who’ve appeared on the Brand Lab Series™.
Episode 36 features a unique collaboration amongst Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the Aon Foundation and the City Colleges of Chicago. Together, the business, philanthropic and education groups used co-creation to provide talent opportunities to both students and businesses.
To discuss the unique private-public collaboration four guests joined the episode:
- Vasco Bridges, Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Chicago
- Paul Thompson, Dean of College to Careers at Harold Washington College
- Kelly Dobbins, Director of Workforce Partnerships at City Colleges of Chicago
- Dr. Adam Callery, Associate Dean at Harold Washington College and Goldman Sachs 10K faculty
The Aon Scholars Progam provides high-performing students the opportunity to work with some of Chicago’s premier small or fast-growing businesses. As a result of this program, AE Marketing Group’s own Anna Wassman first came to the company as an intern.
The collaboration came about to address two market problems.
- Money is often a challenge for smaller businesses to recruit talent
- Students lack exposure to real-world business experience outside the classroom
Therefore, the Aon Foundation worked with Thompson and Harold Washington College to help students. Thompson then turned his efforts towards Bridges and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.
Due to the co-creation, both barriers were removed for students and businesses.
Because Anna herself went through the Aon Scholar experience, she talks about her journey as an intern. As a result, the conversation examines
- Early exposure to the business world, successful small-business owners, and executives
- Hands-on exploration of business careers
- Opportunities to develop a professional network and practice networking skills
- An inside perspective of what companies are looking for in employees
- Better understanding of how academic and professional careers relate
In addition, Brian and Vasco provide their own experiences as business owners building brand culture and talent. “The relationship just works,” said Bridges.
In conclusion, the episode provides a unique look at how co-creation solved a business problem. As a result, it stimulates thinking on the future workforce.
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Tags: Nonprofit, Co-Creation
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