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The Future of Work Depends on the Future of Education

At this year’s  SAP SuccessConnect 2016 event August 29-31 in Las Vegas, I’m excited to be joining President Mike Ettling and customers Andrew Wilson, CIO, Accenture and head of Global HR Corning, Christy Pambianchi on stage for the opening un-keynote to talk about the journey to transformation, the advantages of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and what the future of work and the future of HR look like.   I’m especially excited that I’ll introduce an initiative that is important to us at SAP and will impact many companies now and in the future. But I don’t want to wait until August 30 to ask for your support.

Interactive Fundraiser to Address Skills Gap

SAP is partnering with NAF to host an interactive fundraiser in support of innovative educational programs developed to ignite students’ passion for learning while shaping America’s future workforce through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curricula and work-based learning experiences. NAF is an incredible organization that is actively solving some of the biggest challenges facing education and the future of work in America today.  You can join us in ensuring NAF continues their amazing track-record in helping students from all walks of life achieve greater academic success. For each of your Tweets using both #sconnect16 and #BeFutureReady, SAP SuccessFactors will donate $1 to the NAF organization. The cool part is anyone can do it, you don’t have to be registered for the event. As long as you Tweet between August 15 and August 31,  we’ll count you in.

(But with speakers like Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Arianna Huffington joining SAP executives including CEO Bill McDermott, and content that makes SuccessConnect the premier HR event in the industry, you wouldn’t want to miss it.)

Helping NAF Educate the Workforce of the Future – One Tweet At A Time

Let’s face it, too many high school students are not graduating with the skills they need to be successful in today’s job market. NAF is changing that. NAF brings programs to existing schools in high-need communities, often turning lives around, as well as better preparing them for our digital economy.

Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Talent Pipeline

During the 2015-16 school year nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported 98% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates planning to go to college. The statistics are great, but what really moves me about NAF is the individual success stories.

Meet Tiyah Thompson, a NAF student who, in her own words had “the odds stacked against me, a female of color whose parents lacked a college education.” Tiyah explains that NAF pushed her out of her comfort zone and gave her opportunities that she never would have experienced in a traditional high school. The result? At the age of 16 Tiyah, a student at the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, was accepted into Harvard’s Secondary Summer Program, an experience that connected her with high school students from around the world. With the skills and knowledge she has gained thanks to both programs, Tiyah has developed award winning apps, run a hackathon and donates her time to networking and speaking engagements to inspire others to follow her lead.

Tiyah’s words tell the story, “I’d like to thank NAF, which has transformed me into someone ready to take the world by storm and made my educational experience richer than I ever could have imagined. Because of NAF, I know my options are truly endless.”

NAF Future Ready video:

Somebody Once Told Me – YouTube

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Learn more about NAF

Please Tweet #sconnect16 and #BeFutureReady today and I’ll see you Las Vegas!

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