JobTrain’s Economic Opportunity Awards 2018

The Economic Opportunity Awards will highlight companies in the San Francisco Bay Area who have taken action to bridge the opportunity divide through local employment, diversity, and opportunity.  Awards will be given to companies whose hiring practices and programs encourage the success of people who have high job skills but have barriers to employment. These barriers may include:  lack of college/university degree, formerly incarcerated, veterans, and workers who have been laid off and have been retrained.

Eligibility Requirements*

The awards will go to companies in the 5 Bay Area Counties: San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa.

The Awards:

Eighteen (18) nominee finalist companies will be chosen, and six awards will be given to large (2,500+ employees), mid-size (less than 2,500 employees), and emerging (less than 250 employees) companies. In each category, there will be a technology and non-technology company winner.

  • Economic Job Leader of the Year – Large Company Tech
  • Economic Job Leader of the Year – Large Company Non-Tech
  • Economic Job Leader of the Year – Mid-Size Company Tech
  • Economic Job Leader of the Year – Mid-Size Company Non-Tech
  • Economic Job Leader of the Year – Emerging Company Tech
  • Economic Job Leader of the Year – Emerging Company Non-Tech

Nominations are encouraged and facilitated through a nominations panel and will be chosen by an independent selection group. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

*Rules: All employers in the 5 counties listed above are eligible for the awards.  Employers may be nominated by an individual or employers may nominate themselves in the categories explained above.  An independent nominations panel will nominate 18 finalists and an independent selection panel will determine the 6 winners.  We are grateful to companies who sponsor this event.  All awards are made independently and a sponsorship has no bearing on the final awards.

If you have questions, please contact us at awards@jobtrainworks.org

 To apply: Please complete the nomination form below.

Nominator Information






Nominee Information




Additional Contact at the Nominee Company



Company Information





Reason for Nominating: (Please fill out all that apply)

Please give us specific examples of how the nominating company is addressing economic opportunity in one or more of these ways:
a. Developing pathways for non-traditional applicants (e.g., providing internships for work experience or supporting employees to learn a skill or take a class).
b. Providing opportunities for those with barriers to employment, including those who don’t have degrees, are at-risk, homeless or have been incarcerated.
c. Establishing innovating hiring practices or initiatives that provide livable wages and opportunity for middle-income jobs.
(5000 characters maximum)

5000
Please share a story about a person (can be anonymous) that illustrates the company’s commitment to building economic opportunity. (2500 characters maximum)

2500

Please submit nominations to awards@jobtrainworks.org by January 19, 2018. Winners will be announced at our Economic Opportunity Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at LinkedIn in Mountain View, CA. Questions, please contact awards@jobtrainworks.org or (650) 330-6469.

JobTrain’s Second Annual Economic Opportunity Awards program will highlight companies in the San Francisco Bay Area who have taken action to bridge the economic opportunity divide.  Awards will be given to companies whose hiring practices and programs encourage the success of people who are talented and skilled but who may not have the benefit of extensive education or have barriers to employment.  This year’s program will build upon the success of the inaugural program, held in February 2017, which was attended by close to 200 people.

Companies in the 5 Bay Area Counties:  Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara are eligible for these awards.  Eighteen nominee finalist companies will be chosen, and six awards will be presented to emerging, mid-size and large companies.  In each category, there will be a technology and non-technology company winner.  The Economic Opportunity Awards will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at LinkedIn in Mountain View from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Winners will be announced and honored at the event.

LinkedIn, a Founding Sponsor, has repeated its support for the 2018 Economic Opportunity Awards and we are pleased to announce that KPMG is the Premier Sponsor this year.

The following sponsorship opportunities are still available:

Economic Opportunity Leader – $10,000
VIP Sponsorship

  In recognition of this $10,000 sponsorship:

  • The company will have its name featured in the event program and on-screen at the event.
  • Name featured in posts on JobTrain’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have over 2,300 followers on Facebook.
  • Name and logo featured on JobTrain’s website (over 2,000 distinct hits per month), with a link to information about the event. Name and logo will also be featured in our newsletter.  Our 4,000 plus readership includes all of our supporters and donors, which include some of the largest corporate groups and philanthropists in the Bay Area.
  • Name featured in any publicity for the event.
  • VIP table for 10.

Community Builder – $5,000

 In recognition of this $5,000 sponsorship:

  • The company will have its name featured in the event program.
  • Name featured in posts on JobTrain’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have over 2,300 followers on Facebook.
  • Name featured on JobTrain’s website (over 2,000 distinct hits per month), with a link to information about the event. Name will also be featured in our newsletter.  Our 4,000 plus readership includes all of our supporters and donors, which include some of the largest corporate groups and philanthropists in the Bay Area.
  • Table for 10.

 

For more information on Sponsorships, please contact us at awards@jobtrainworks.org or (650) 330-6469.

All employers in the 5 counties listed above are eligible for the awards.  Employers may be nominated by an individual or employers may nominate themselves in the categories explained above.  An independent nominations panel will nominate 18 finalists and an independent selection panel will determine the 6 winners.  We are grateful to companies who sponsor this event.  All awards are made independently and a sponsorship has no bearing on the final awards.

Criteria

Criteria used in the selection include: entry level hiring of people without college degrees, hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds, hiring the formerly incarcerated and providing internships to enable individuals to gain employment experience.

 

Our nominations and selection process was developed to provide the widest possible lens as we determine which companies will be highlighted as examples of excellence in providing economic opportunities in the Bay Area. JobTrain is honored to have such a distinguished and thoughtful group of panelists.

Our nominations and selection panels are separate, in an effort to ensure that our process is as independent as possible and that both nominees and finalists are chosen on the merits of the opportunities they offer to expand economic opportunity in the Bay Area.

Nominations Panel
Our distinguished nominations panel represent an amazing breadth of experience and understanding of both the local business environment and the talent and potential of when those with barriers to employment find opportunity. The panel will be reviewing the nominations to choose the 18 finalists.

Come back here soon to read more about our Nominations Panel.

Selections Panel
Our selections panel includes luminaries from some of the Bay Area’s most important institutions and all have shown a particular interest in the importance of addressing economic opportunity in the Bay Area. The panel will review our 18 finalists, and choose the 6 winners who will be announced at the Awards event in February.

Come back here soon to read more about Selections Panel.