U.S. Chamber Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Partner to Bring TPM Academies to Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky


States and local businesses are partnering to lead the efforts to close statewide skills gaps using TPM.

States, Local Businesses to Lead Efforts to Close the Skills Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced today the next phase of the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)™ initiative, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s signature workforce development initiative. With a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the U.S. Chamber Foundation is leading the efforts on statewide TPM Academies. Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky have been selected to host these programs. Over the past four years, the TPM Academy™ has grown into a community of over 300 employers across 21 states.

The national and state-based TPM Academy model consists of workshops led by the U.S. Chamber Foundation for business professionals to receive instruction on talent pipeline strategies and guidance for implementation. This training guides participants through the six TPM strategies that lay the foundation for creating a demand-driven approach to close the skills gap through the development of partnerships with education and training providers. The Academy provides participants with a curriculum, technical assistance, relevant resources and tools, and a peer-to-peer learning network.

“For the economy to continue to thrive, it’s critical for local businesses to be leaders in helping develop a 21st century workforce,” said U.S. Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce Vice President Cheryl Oldham. “Yesterday’s education systems aren’t meeting the needs of today’s learners and tomorrow’s workers. The TPM State-Based Academy will empower state, local, and industry leaders to tackle this problem. By coming together to develop a state-wide strategy for closing the skills gap, business leaders will be equipped with the tools they need to hire and develop a strong workforce.”

Over the next two years the participating employers, employer-led associations, and education providers in Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky will meet in person throughout the program, with technical support from webinars and phone calls between meetings. These efforts will be led by Talent 2025 and Consumers Energy in Michigan, the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, and the business community in Tennessee.

As part of the growth and expansion of successful talent pipeline strategies, this partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation allowed the U.S. Chamber Foundation to launch the TPM National Learning Network in January. This network of TPM ambassadors has been established to align efforts, drive conversation, encourage collaboration, and continue to grow the TPM initiative to reach new states and organizations.

More information about the Talent Pipeline Management initiative is available online here

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.