Education & Workforce


The Education & Workforce Portfolio promotes and champions high-quality education in our region to develop a strong, diverse, local workforce that is able to succeed in the innovation economy. Working through cross-sector partnerships, programs, and policy advocacy, we have been successful in moving education forward at the regional and state level. Membership on this policy committee is comprised of companies and colleges that have a vested interest in developing and supporting California’s public education system.

Legislative Priorities

We have three current areas of focus. Our number one priority is to diversify the STEM pipeline. We advocate for policy and programs that diversify the STEM pipeline by encouraging the availability of technical education and other opportunities for underrepresented communities. We are working, as we have for many years, to improve the quality of public education K-12, in order to have a consistent, diverse pool of local talent available for hiring in the future. And we guide regional and state-wide efforts to expand access to higher education and strengthen education-industry partnerships.



Hire Learning

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Since 2018, our Community College to Career program, now called Hire Learning, has worked with Leadership Group member companies, Silicon Valley community colleges, and partner nonprofits to provide over 2,000 work-based learning, career exposure, and hiring opportunities to community college students. In 2020, we began advising community colleges in 10 states to expand, start, and improve internships and job placements for students of color and women with satellite offices for our members.


Recent Wins

Pupil instruction: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: County Offices of Education
Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program: postsecondary education financial aid applications
Hire Together: Virtual Career Fair
Additional 2020 event
California Cradle-to-Career Data System Working Group
Expanding Access to Computer Science
Diversifying the STEM Pipeline
Governor’s 2016-2017 Budget


December 2021

Young Leaders Forum

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Education & Workforce Committee

To learn more about joining the committee, please contact [email protected]

2021 Committee Co-chairs: Julie Lata, Applied Materials, and Agustin Torres Jr., Facebook

Latest News

Leading Diverse Chief Executives Mellody Hobson (Ariel Investments) and Enrique Lores (HP Inc.) Urge Silicon Valley Leaders to Set Measurable, Accountable Business Goals to Drive Overdue Progress on DEI Issues—HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Touts Biden-Harris Administration’s Efforts to Promote Racial Justice in Housing Market

SAN JOSÉ, CA (November 19, 2021) — Leading diverse chief executives Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, and Enrique Lores, President and CEO of HP Inc., today urged their peers in Silicon Valley to establish clear, measurable and accountable business goals to drive the overdue progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their comments …


*NEW SPEAKERS ADDED* SVLG’s ‘Innovating Equity’ Summit on Nov. 19 to Feature Spotlight Q&A with John Rice, Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow

SAN JOSÉ,CA (Nov 17, 2021) — The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) today announced several new speakers will join the ‘Innovating Equity’ Summit on November 19, including a closing spotlight Q&A with John Rice, Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas. SVLG also announced the addition of an …


HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, Chief Executives Mellody Hobson of Ariel Investments and Enrique Lores of HP Inc. to Highlight Industry-Leading DEI Solutions at Nov. 19 Silicon Valley Leadership Group Summit — SVLG’s ‘Innovating Equity’ Summit to Also Include a Panel Discussion on Board Diversity Organized in Partnership with The Board Challenge

SAN JOSÉ,CA (Nov 15, 2021) —The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will deliver opening remarks at the ‘Innovating Equity’ summit organized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group on Friday, Nov. 19. Secretary Fudge will discuss the Administration’s efforts to promote greater access to affordable housing and …