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Co-Creating the Tools for Economic Empowerment

Updated: Feb 6

LeadersUp held a two-day professional development training designed to provide capacity building and technical assistance to community college practitioners and members of our Evolve Network. 

The "Economic Empowerment for Community College and Talent Development Practitioners" (2023) professional development trainings were the concluding sessions in our three-part co-design series to collect insights to inform the continued development, usage, and scalability of each of our frameworks that are designed to:

  • Align employer talent needs with a more integrated, responsive, competency-based talent development ecosystem that increases ROI on training and development and removes barriers to implement effective diverse talent pipeline development strategies, which is critical to connecting BIPOC talent to growing industries across the various regions of California

  • Expand Evolve Network’s members and community college practitioners’ capacity to deliver culturally competent career coaching and counseling services to align with and respond to regional talent demand

  • Supporting students and learners in realizing their vision for economic and financial empowerment, inclusion, and mobility

  • Ensure community colleges and Evolve Network members are equipped with the tools needed to prepare and empower learners to compete in the local economy

Our co-design approach engages and facilitates community college practitioners and members from our Evolve Network members in building a community of practice, co-designing impactful and practical assets and best practices, and ultimately driving system-practice change across the diverse economic regions in California.

Across the two days, we introduced the P.O.W.E.R. and P.L.A.Y. frameworks. Both allow practitioners to support their students and learners in their journey for economic empowerment, mobility, and inclusion. 

Enhancing Your P.O.W.E.R.

The P.O.W.E.R. framework is designed to rigorously evaluate the scalability and effectiveness of our career coaching assets and practices. Conducting comprehensive testing and analysis, we assess the impact of our coaching methods on a larger scale, ensuring we advocate for evidence-based and impactful strategies.

During the first session, we reviewed each section of the P.O.W.E.R. framework and collected insights from our participants.

Evolving How You P.L.A.Y.

The P.L.A.Y. framework seeks to understand the value proposition of cross-sectoral collaboration through the adoption of LeadersUp’s reusable assets and how to leverage it to make opportunities accessible and equitable in the labor market

During the second session, we reviewed each section of the P.L.A.Y. framework and collected insights from our participants 

Building Stronger Networks and Looking Ahead

Both of these frameworks, along with our third framework R.I.S.E., offer community college practitioners and our Evolve Network members the space to elevate their ongoing work helping BIPOC young adults achieve economic empowerment. 

As we refine these tools with your valuable feedback, our commitment is to create an inclusive and effective educational and talent development environment that ensures BIPOC talent is competitive and ready to compete across their regional economies and beyond. 

Interested in learning more about our frameworks or exploring our piloting options? Connect with us for a demo of each of our frameworks by reaching out to JR Roberson at

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