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An Impact Investor, A Workforce Expert, And An Equitable Jobs Researcher Walk Into A Bar...

Ellen Frank-Miller July 6, 2022

While many companies seem to understand that reaching equity and inclusion goals can improve financial results, in addition to advancing justice and supporting employee well-being, many overlook a key lever to achieving them – transforming lousy frontline jobs into engines of value.

Equity and job quality are intersectional – you can’t achieve equity goals where bad jobs persist.

An impact investor who centers quality jobs during diligence, a workforce expert who advances equity and inclusion with employers nationwide, and an equitable jobs researcher who studies how employers can make jobs better for business impact sit down to discuss how investors, companies, the national workforce development system, and rigorous research can together reduce wasted human potential and create a more equitable world where everyone thrives together.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Participants will gain an appreciation of the decades of rigorous research on the relationship between making frontline jobs better and achieving DEI goals and alpha and understand that equity is impossible when historically-disadvantaged populations - specifically Black and Brown people and women - are relegated to bad jobs at the bottom of the org chart. We hope participants will look at DEI efforts in a new way and become motivated to critically examine the role of job quality in their organizations.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Academia

  • Government

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameEllen G Frank-Miller, PhD
  • TitleFounder and Chief Scientific Officer
  • OrganizationWORC (Workforce & Organizational Research Center)
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMichelle Wilson, EdD
  • TitleDirector of Evaluation and Learning
  • OrganizationNational Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJustin Kulla
  • TitlePartner
  • OrganizationTZP Group
  • StatusConfirmed
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