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Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship

October 17, 2023

At a Glance

JFF delivers a no-cost Fellowship for talent recruitment staff that is designed to help employers build more robust, diverse pipelines. The latest Fellowship cohort of HR professionals began in January 2024.

Practices & Centers

About the Fellowship

The Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship is designed to help employers build more robust and reliable talent pipelines, diversify their workforce, and deploy industry-responsive training programs for new hires.

The fellowship is a professional development experience for emerging HR leaders who want to help propel their companies’ workforces into the future. Participants in this program will discover how to leverage local community college CTE programs to recruit well-qualified talent and build a workforce that stays. In addition, they will learn how partnering with these programs can help bolster a company’s diversity efforts, and they will have opportunities to network with like-minded professionals across the country.

Participation in the fellowship requires a commitment of six hours per month for eight months.

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What are different pathways that can be created to provide accessible opportunities for people that don't necessarily have the privilege to earn a four-year degree? That’s why I joined the Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship—it aims to help employers bridge that gap.

Jennifer Lucia, IBM Employee and Talent of Tomorrow Fellow

What Will Talent of Tomorrow Fellows Experience?

The fellowship is a virtual experience that requires a commitment of roughly six hours a month for eight months. All activities take place on our online learning platform. Participating fellows will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Engage with expert instructors from community colleges.
  • Learn new talent development strategies
  • Experience firsthand the untapped power of community college CTE programs
  • Network with a national cohort of emerging leaders in their fields

Meet the Third Cohort of Fellows

Operations Learning Specialist, Novelis

Radford Ballard

General Manager, Equity Outreach Strategies, Delta Air Lines

Angela Benjamin

Training Manager, Ascendum Machinery

David Bennett

Manager of Apprenticeships, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Brett Berning

Director of Training & Development, Highline Warren

Cory Christmas

Global L&D Program Manager, Google Operations Center

Christina Cook

Senior Director of People and Strategic Operations, Project Success

Matt Dreier

Lead Recruiter, AMS, SHL US LLC

Lenae Hoffman

Workforce Strategist, Lockheed Martin

Anthony Marino

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Senior, Meta

Jacqueline Martinez

Talent Program Manager, Re:Build Manufacturing

Ryan Meadows

Recruiter, 1-800-Plumber + Air & Electric Amarillo

Paul Nies

HR Generalist, Center of Workforce Innovations

Amber Reeves

Workforce Innovation Consultant, Trane Technologies

Tamara Webb

Companies Represented by Our Fellows

Why Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs?

Companies must reimagine the talent they need to not only manage today’s challenges, but also thrive in a future that will require a resilient, inclusive, and diverse workforce. They can develop that workforce in partnership with community college career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Three reasons why you should partner with CTE programs:

  1. They produce talented graduates who have the skills and drive your company needs.
  2. They serve as direct pipelines of talent that you can tap to accelerate your diversity efforts and create the workforce of the future.
  3. Partnering with community college CTE programs can give you the opportunity to influence training at the outset and customize coursework and subject matter to meet your needs.



What worked a year and a half ago is not working today, and so we are constantly looking at what we can do differently and be a little more innovative in our recruitment—that is why I joined the Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship.

Ryan J. Ellis, Lincoln Electric Employee and Talent of Tomorrow Fellow

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