Beth Cobert on expanding the reach of the talent pipeline

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at JFF Horizons 2023

“We are now at a place when you say things like ‘skills-based talent practices,’ people don’t look at you like, ‘What the heck is that?’’ says Beth Cobert, acting president, Markle Foundation.

Cobert says, “They get that concept because the concept is pretty intuitive, but they don’t know how to make it happen yet. We need people who can really make that change happen. Not just with CEOs, but the hiring managers that make decisions.”

WorkingNation sat down with Cobert at JFF Horizons in New Orleans.

She explains, “We’re working to move from this intent to make change – to action and to support organizations that are in the field doing work with the tools they need to make that change.”

“We’ve got a digital suite of training that actually trains both the hiring manager and the frontline HR staff that are supporting them. What does skills-based hiring look like? How do you change your sourcing practices? What are the ways you go about interviewing? And then once that person’s going to come on board, how do you bring them into the organization and help them think about advancements?”

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