Economic Mobility, Postsecondary and Career Pathways

The Future of Work Grand Challenge: 15 Ideas For a More Equitable Economy

March 4, 2021

Missed the event? Watch the recording here.

On March 16 at 11:00am ET, join us for The Future of Work Grand Challenge: 15 Ideas For a More Equitable Economy to learn about the top solutions from the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling and MIT Solve Reimagining Pathways to Employment in the U.S. competitions to place workers into higher-wage, higher-skill jobs.

The event will also feature an expert panel moderated by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. The panelists will discuss the next phase of the Grand Challenge as we begin testing the solutions with six workforce boards. Join us to learn more about how local markets will implement the challenge solutions and help build a playbook to get Americans back to work and rebuild an economy that works for all.

Event: The Future of Work Grand Challenge: 15 Ideas For a More Equitable Economy

Date: March 16, 2021

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Moderator: Ali Velshi, MSNBC

Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative (CT-03)


  • Maria Flynn, President and CEO of JFF
  • Ravi Kumar, President at Infosys
  • Monique Baptiste, VP of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Register here for the virtual event


By identifying and funding the most promising ideas and solutions, New Profit’s $6 million Future of Work Grand Challenge, powered by XPRIZE, MIT Solve, and JFF will:

  • Rapidly reskill 25,000 displaced workers into living-wage jobs in the next 24 months.
  • Equip influential workforce boards with vetted tools to support the wave of displaced workers in six months.
  • Achieve broader systemic change to help prepare 12 million Americans from underinvested communities for workforce success by 2025.

The Grand Challenge puts equity at the core, seeking ideas from diverse entrepreneurs and advancing solutions that serve the most under-invested workers.

In launching this Grand Challenge, we have a rare opportunity to accelerate solutions which are built by diverse teams and work for the communities most impacted by centuries of unfair policies and practices.

Dr. Angela Jackson, Partner, New Profit



The Grand Challenge is made possible by lead funders and Strada Education Network. Additional funding is provided by Accenture, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Imaginable Futures, the Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Lumina Impact Ventures, Morgridge Family Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Siegel Family Endowment, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The initiative also brings together a consortium of design and operating partners driving positive change in workforce development including Accenture, Brandeis University, Education Design Lab, Goodwill Industries International, and Jobcase.


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