Over the last few weeks, our team has been on the road meeting with various clients, partners and industry groups. The common theme: how we can work together to solve the nation’s skills gap through a better, more qualified workforce.

Maryland Hospitality and Lodging Association

We are proud to support the hotel and lodging industry in the region. Co-founders Mike Knapp and Jason Green recently met with American Hospitality and Lodging Association President Katherine Lugar for their Legislative Wrap-Up. The Association provides advocacy, information and recognition to advance the interests of the lodging industry in Maryland. The industry had another banner year in the Greater DC region, and feel fortunate that our platform is being used to source candidates into jobs and careers in the area. More >>

Arizona State University GSV Summit

As our award for winning the Employment Technology Explosion pitch competition at 2015 Innovate-Education Conference, SkillSmart was invited to present at the ASU-GSV conference last month in San Diego. Jason presented at the three-day, fast-passed amalgam of start-ups, emerging companies, large philanthropy and venture capital. In addition to incredible contacts, SkillSmart was honored to be showcased as one of the companies to watch out for in the workforce/talent development technology space. More >>

Columbia University

John Dillow was invited to participate in a panel discussion at Columbia University on Solutions to Post-Incarceration Employment and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Businesses and Universities. He shared how the SkillSmart platform can be a tool for the re-entry community. SkillSmart’s platform can be used to identify skills acquired by those seeking employment as well as identify appropriate and beneficial training that leads to employment in the community. More >>

Bay Path University Women’s Leadership Conference

Mike attended the 21st Annual Bay Path University Women’s Leadership Conference in Springfield, MA. More than 2,200 hundred attendees participated in the conversation relating to “what does it mean to thrive?” Keynote speakers included headliners like Marlee Matlin and Arianna Huffington, and perhaps lesser known (but not for long), Veronika Scott from The Empowerment Plan in Detroit. It was a great opportunity to talk with the attendees and community about SkillSmart and how we can help job seekers and employers thrive by focusing on skills needed to be successful. More >>