Genesys Works, a national workforce development program that connects high school students from underserved communities to paid internships with major companies, announced Jeffrey Artis as its new CEO. His appointment represents a series of investments the organization is making in its people and structures to advance its programming and impact in closing the opportunity gap by filling existing talent gaps for high-skilled careers.
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“Jeff’s knowledge of the workforce development community along with his business acumen aligns well with the Genesys Works mission,” said Tom Fry, Genesys Works National Board member. “As we look to the future, we’re confident that Jeff is the right person to lead Genesys Works into the next stage of growth and impact.”
Artis joins Genesys Works as an accomplished business development executive, specializing in establishing corporate partnerships that expand meaningful work experiences for youth. He spent nearly 40 years leading workforce development solutions for Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, and leading sales for industry leaders like Agile-1, BMC, and IBM. Most recently, Artis served as national director of Corporate Engagement for nonprofit Year Up, where he led the growth strategy for corporate partnerships.
Access to networks and opportunities for youth ages 16 to 24 serve as the foundation for their post-secondary education and career paths. Lack of access can have consequences that reverberate for years, leading to lower wages, fewer job prospects and financial hardship and instability.
Since 2002, Genesys Works has provided pathways to career success and economic mobility to 8,000 high school students across the country. Genesys Works students complete rigorous skills training in business technology, receive professional coaching and mentoring and are placed in year-long paid internships with top employers. Ninety-eight percent of Genesys Works students identify as people of color and 79% are first-generation college students.