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We Bridge the Access Gap

We believe that everyone should have equal access to jobs. At Skills, we work to make that possible by reducing barriers to employment through partnering with leading companies ready to hire unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Jobs can be life-changing, and we're here to make that a reality.

We Start with the Job

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Our Mission

Create demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work.

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Our Vision

Continuously meet employers' talent needs to create economic opportunity for the unemployed and underemployed.

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Our North Star

To increase the economic mobility of under- and unemployed talent by connecting them to quality jobs through our deep partnership and understanding of the unique human capital needs of our network of engaged employers.

We Prove that Equity Works


And we're committed to growing our impact over the next three years by scaling our demand-driven programs, diversifying job types, and driving innovation—with the end goal of placing 4,500 unemployed and underemployed candidates into roles that drive their career growth and financial mobility.

Learn about our Strategic Plan


lifetime placements


employer partners


of 2022 placements are female


of 2022 placements are BIPOC


more earned by Skills placement each year


total wage impact

Meeting Job Seekers Where They Live

Over 70% of our applicants come from historically underserved neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides. To make good on our commitment to reduce barriers to employment and build access to economic opportunity, we launched Skills Neighborhood Link, an initiative to provide resources and one-on-one support from the Skills team in city neighborhoods. We opened our Englewood office in July 2021, and a new office on the West Side soon to be announced.

Contact us to learn more


Expanding our Network

We recently announced plans to expand our jobs-first workforce development model to 25 sites nationally over the next 10 years. Current Skills sites in Chicago and Rhode Island have generated a combined economic impact of $307.3M since 2012.

Discover how you can transform lives and champion economic mobility in your city or region by joining the Skills network.

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Mark S. Hoplamazian, Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer

Health Care Service Corporation

Manika Turnbull, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

United Airlines

Michael Bonds, Treasurer

Formerly Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Labor Relations


Dennis Berger

Formerly Chief Culture Officer

Exelon Corporation

Amy E. Best

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer


Jeff Bilek

Partner, Central Talent Leader


Hillary Bochniak

Managing Director, Human Resources

BMO Harris Bank

Carolyn Booth

Head of Distribution, US Personal and Business Banking


Heidi Capozzi

EVP, Global Chief People Officer

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

John Challenger

Chief Executive Officer

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Michelle Conklin

Managing Director


Christina Corley

Chief Commercial and Operating Officer

Polk Bros Foundation

Gillian Darlow

Chief Executive Officer

Wintrust Financial Corporation

Melissa Donaldson

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

Discover Financial Services

Andy Eichfeld

EVP, Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer

HR Policy Association

Rich Floersch

Senior Strategic Advisor

CNO Financial Group, Inc.

Yvonne Franzese

Chief Human Resources Officer

Freedman Seating Co.

Craig Freedman

Chief Executive Officer

Old National Bank

Corliss Garner

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Rush University Medical Center

Courtney Kammer

Chief Human Resources Officer

Russell Reynolds

Seema Kathuria

Managing Director

Hub International

Mark Kendall

Executive Vice President


Sudi Bjornstad Korba

Vice President of Sales

Kin + Carta

Kelly Manthey



Eileen Mitchell

President of AT&T Illinois

Motorola Solutions

Kathi Moore

Corporate Vice President - Human Resources

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Malaika Myers

Chief Human Resources Officer

Vantage Airport Group; Midway Partnership

Sammy Patel

Vice President, Commercial, Vantage Airport Group; CEO, Midway Partnership


Rob Ritchie

Senior Vice President, Food & Industrial Ingredients, Americas

Ulta Beauty

Anita Ryan

Chief Human Resource Officer


Claudia Saran

Vice Chair, Culture

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Dianna Sparacino

Chief Human Resources Officer


Eric Stevenson

Vice President, Human Resources

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Audrey Williams-Lee

Chief People Officer



Penny Pritzker

Founding Board Chair

Founder and Chairman of
 PSP Partners; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce



Glenn Tilton

Former Midwest 
Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co; Former Chairman of United Continental Holdings



Greg Brown

Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions



Mark Hoplamazian

President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation



Jim Coleman: Interim Board Advisor - CEO Transition Leadership

For more on the CEO Search Process, contact Russell Reynolds.

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Pamela Tully

Chief Program Officer

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Carol Clavadetscher

Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Finance Officer

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Daniel Cervantes

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & National Expansion

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Kyle Clauss

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

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Tabatha Cobb

Vice President, Talent Acquisition

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Susan Dunseth

Vice President, Business Development

Mayra Alarcon

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition Consulting

Kim Dole

Director, Business Development & Operations

Dena Giacometti

Director, Workforce & Career Pathways

Kate Hermann Stone

Director, Development

Reena Patel

Director, Business Development and Client Services

Kevin Wilson

Chief of Staff

Join Our Team

Do you have a passion for workforce development and impacting the economic mobility of Chicago’s historically underserved communities? If you also value intellectual curiosity and data-driven solutions, innovation and change, and equity and integrity, we invite you to browse open positions at Skills and apply today.

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