Private Sector Partnerships
How can the IADB help 10 million Latin American young people get skills for work? At the request of the IADB’s Multilateral Investment Fund, I helped to recruit several key Fortune 500 corporations as strategic alliance partners for the IADB’s new NEO program to train and employ ten million Latin American youth under 30.
How could Manpower Corporation partner strategically with the Province of Shanghai and surrounding states? At the request of Manpower I participated on a high level team with Manpower and ILO experts to meet with Industry and Government leaders to find out their needs and then develop an actionable strategy for Manpower Corporation.
How could USAID build the capacity of Mission staff and outside contractors to partner with the private sector for win-win solutions to shared problems? USAID’s office of Global Development Alliances wanted to increase the capacity of USAID staff and outside contractors to develop strategic partnerships that solved both business and development problems. Working with Dexis and USAID’s GDA team and outside contractors, we developed and delivered one-day training programs that were consistently ranked highly effective by participants.
How could USAID Guatemala improve the quality of its private sector partnerships? I led meetings of large and small business owners in Guatemala City to help them develop new approaches for reducing crimes caused by unemployed and under-educated young people.
Helping Sweden’s Development Agency build its capacity on private sector partnership building. At the request of the Swedish Development Agency I developed and delivered a training program for SIDA staff on how to build strategic partnerships with the private sector to solve both development and business problems.
How could we help Fortune 100 companies see hidden opportunities in low-income markets in the U.S. and Latin America? In partnership with leaders at Research Triangle Institute, Microsoft, Whirlpool, First Data Corporation, Humana Health and the Governor of Michoacan, Mexico, and leaders of “La Villita” – 100,000 Latino village inside Chicago, we developed a learning protocol to help corporate leaders spot previously hidden opportunities for products and services in transnational, low income markets in the U.S. and Mexico. The findings led to the development of new ideas for products and services for the corporations and a $32 Mil investment by the InterAmerican Development Bank to help grow Michoacan’s economy, skills, and jobs. This program was brought to The Conference Board, where it was delivered to 8 more companies, including Pepsi, ADP, State Farm, Prudential, JC Penney, and others.
How to design skill standards for exit from high school and entrance into college or work? With support from the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, I led a team that worked with 800 biotech and pharmaceutical firms, 1500 colleges and universities, and their associations to develop the first in the nation skill standards for the bioscience sector.
Developing Cleveland’s first Career Technical High School Program with BP. In the early 90’s, large chains guarded the area surrounding West Tech High School on the near West side of Cleveland, most of whose students came from impoverished backgrounds. At the same time, Cleveland was faced with a shortage of car mechanics, who were retiring out and not being replaced. I helped a local NGO, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, to form a strategic partnership between BP, an auto repair chain, local foundations, and the school. The purpose of the partnership was to develop a program of teaching manufacturing skills at West Tech. Despite formidable challenges, the program showed such promise that the US Department of Labor awarded it with a multi-million dollar expansion grant.