Televerde and Banyan Labs Team Up to Show the Effects of Prison Education and the Transformative Power of a Second Chance

Building and sustaining a strong pipeline of talent requires heavier investments in education, upskilling, and career development. And in ‘s job market, it also requires business leaders to evolve their thinking and expand workforce strategies to include individuals who have historically been excluded from job consideration, specifically men and women with a criminal background.

Televerde, a global sales and marketing solutions company that provides second chance employment and helps disempowered people find their voice and reach their human potential, announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Banyan Labs, a software development company that employs 100%, justice-impacted individuals, to help end the stigma of incarceration and create more career opportunities for qualified individuals with a criminal past.

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“As a for-profit company that works with members of the incarcerated community, we know people have questions and may be skeptical about the potential inside U.S. corrections facilities,” said Kellie Walenciak, head of Marketing, Televerde. “To this end, we want to show the world our Televerde operations so people can meet with the talented incarcerated women who work with us. Through our work with Banyan Labs, the public will be able to sit face-to-face with these women and hear in their own words their journeys of transformation and how education, support, and a second chance allowed them to find and fulfill their human potential. These interactions will hopefully spark an evolution in hiring practices that lead to total inclusion in the workforce once and for all.”

The partnership with Televerde and Banyan Labs will bring to life a series of first-person digital video narratives of the incarcerated women who make up 70 percent of Televerde’s global workforce. This digital experience will live on the Televerde website and be developed by justice-impacted men and women who learned coding skills through the Persevere Program while behind bars and who successfully transitioned to full-time Banyan Labs employees once released.

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“At Banyan Labs, we’re proud to partner with companies like Televerde that are as committed to elevating the incarcerated community as we are,” said Mark Clark, director of business development at Banyan Labs. “Our partnership with Televerde will show the value that second-chance hires can bring to organizations and why it’s incumbent upon all business leaders to embrace workforce strategies that help build a pipeline of future talent and lead to an economy where everyone can flourish, regardless of background or circumstance.”

The Televerde/Banyan project called, Televerde Virtual Roundtables, will be completed in December with a January global launch planned.

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