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Chamber Addresses Workforce and Talent Gap in Memphis

Thursday, 10 October, 2019

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s inaugural UpSkill 901 Workforce Summit and Career Fair is designed to galvanize our local workforce ecosystem to upskill 10,000 Memphis and Shelby County residents over the next 3 years.

Ernest Strickland, Chamber VP of Workforce Development, expressed that in initial planning for what the Chamber can do to help prepare Memphis for the 21st century jobs and new collar jobs, his team understood that they needed to first convene people and get everyone on the same page.

The first day of UpSkill 901 is the Workforce Summit in which stakeholders will join for a day long conference of workshops with experts, learning from each other and strategizing how they can best align systems. Day two of UpSkill 901 includes the Free Career Fair  featuring over 60 Memphis area companies and support services.

The Chamber is proud to have the support of the faith based community both the summit and career in which over 50 churches have agreed to participate and helping prepare jobseekers to be ready for the career fair.

Watch the Memphians on the Move episode below as Ernest Strickland, Chamber VP of Workforce Development, and Trevia Chatman, Sr VP & Memphis Market Manager Bank of America, share more details of UpSkill 901 Workforce Summit on Oct 22nd & 30th.


UpSkill 901 Workforce Summit October 22, 2019:

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UpSkill 901 Career Fair October 30, 2019:

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