U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and USA Funds Announce First Cohort of Talent Pipeline Management Academy

October 4, 2016

Business Leaders from 10 States to Pilot Chamber’s Workshops to Close Skills Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) announced today the first cohort of nineteen participants in the Talent Pipeline Management Academy which is supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds. USCCF’s signature workforce development initiative, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), is a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role as key customers of postsecondary education and training providers.

The TPM Academy consists of workshops led by USCCF for business professionals to receive instruction on talent pipeline strategies and guidance for implementation. In addition to a curriculum, technical assistance, and a peer-to-peer learning network, a key resource to be developed as part of the Academy will be the next generation of software tools and applications that support ongoing implementation of signature TPM strategies.

“In just under two years, USCCF has engaged partners in more than 35 states, hosted two national conferences, and led an implementation network made up of seven states and regions,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce. “The next step is to give business leaders the practical training, tools, and resources necessary so they can take what they’ve learned back home to implement in their local communities. The TPM Academy is a great way to do this.”

The participants in the first cohort are:

  • Chad Amond, Westmoreland (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  • Patti Andresen-Shew, Oshkosh (WI) Chamber of Commerce
  • Priscilla Camacho, San Antonio (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  • Shannon Full, Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce
  • Waymond Jackson, Birmingham (AL) Business Alliance
  • Muriel Johnson-Nuttall, Fayette (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  • Gail Landis, Greater Reading (PA) Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Jay Matlack, Wyandotte (KS) Economic Development Council
  • Lisa McArthur, Fond du Lac Area (WI) Association of Commerce
  • Lisa McCarthy, Tri-County Economic Development Alliance of Northwest Illinois
  • Jennifer Mellor, Phoenix (AZ)  Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevin Perry, SAE International (MI)
  • Terry Pittman, Main Line Chamber of Commerce (PA)
  • Morgan Romeo, Piedmont Workforce Network (VA)
  • Virgil Roundtree, ConnectWork, LLC (IL)
  • Terri Schulz, Waupaca Area Chamber (WI)
  • Sharon Shanks, Knoxville (TN) Chamber of Commerce
  • John Shaw, Northern Virginia Technology Council
  • Dave Young, Northwest Illinois Development Agency

The TPM Academy is designed to develop and certify talent supply chain skills and practices in communities that are ready and willing to take action in closing the skills gap. Participants will meet in person twice and have technical support and webinars in between the meetings. The curriculum and software tools will be made available to the public at no cost upon completion of the pilot.

“This new model for ensuring a qualified workforce requires employers to take an expanded leadership role in the education process,” said William Hansen, president and CEO of USA Funds. “The initial participants in the TPM Academy have demonstrated their willingness to play this leadership role in developing a skilled workforce. I look forward to the positive impact they’ll have in their communities after completing the Academy.”

The TPM model is designed to address the mismatch between outcomes of the current education and training system, which has resulted in employers nationwide trying to find qualified candidates for nearly 6 million unfilled jobs.

With an initial $2 million grant from USA Funds, USCCF tested the TPM model in seven communities. The TPM Academy will support dissemination of the model to up to 40 communities, involving some 1,000 employers. 

For more information about the TPM model, visit www.TheTalentSupplyChain.org.


USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that supports Completion With a Purpose, building a more purposeful path for America’s students to and through college and on to rewarding careers and successful lives. USA Funds pursues its nonprofit mission through philanthropic activities and partnerships, policy research, and programs and services that enhance preparation for, access to and success in higher education. Learn more at www.usafunds.org.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.