Lydia Logan on Green Jobs and IBM SkillsBuild

Key Points

  • 40% of companies believe they will need to reskill their workforce in the coming years.

  • Green skills are here to stay and many of the jobs will be tech jobs.

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On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Lydia Logan, Vice President, Global Education and Workforce Development, Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM. 

Prior to IBM, she led the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative that provides technology and training to more than 500 under-resourced public schools. She served as senior policy director at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where she drove education policy and philanthropic investments to improve the management, quality, and transparency of public schools. Lydia also served as the vice president of programs for the Kimsey Foundation, where her grant portfolio improved educational outcomes at under-resourced public schools, and helped low-income families bridge the digital divide. In addition, she was VP and executive director of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she led national policy and program initiatives to improve education and workforce development. Earlier in her career, she led Chiefs for Change, a national membership organization of Chief State School Officers.

Together, Lydia and Tom talk about the credentialing landscape, the rise of green skills and how IBM is bridging those worlds with SkillsBuilds.


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