Plinio Ayala Featured on NFL Foundation’s Inspire Change Panel

On July 25, Plinio Ayala, Per Scholas President and CEO, took part in a panel discussion put together by the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative.  The panel, NFL Presents: Advancing a More Equitable Workforce, featured Plinio Ayala and Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Executive Director, Sam Lewis as panelists, along with NFL Legends Warrick Dunn and Jason McCourty. 

The panel was moderated by Kimmi Chex, NFL Network on-air personality, and focused on creating equity in the workplace and the opportunity for employers to break down barriers and build a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Plinio took the opportunity to highlight Per Scholas’s approach to advancing economic equity, our skills training, and creating a thriving tech industry. “Economic mobility isn’t just a good thing to do; it is an economic imperative,” mentioned Plinio. “With the help of the NFL Inspire Change initiative, we continue to move the needle on diversity in the workforce. It’s a triple-win; companies get skilled talent for their in-demand roles, our learners advance their careers in tech, and the economy sees a boost.”

Watch the full event here!

Additionally, we showcased one of our top employers who is working on breaking down barriers, TEKsystems, and featured our Per Scholas New York graduate, Dorothee Cadet, in a short video. We are excited to have the support of partners such as TEKsystems, who are breaking down barriers to fill their talent pipelines with diverse and highly skilled workers. 

Plinio Ayala on Inspire Change panel discussion via Zoom

We look forward to more opportunities with the NFL Inspire Change Initiative to address economic advancement and mobility as they are one of Per Scholas’s Catalyst Partners. To stay up-to-date on our upcoming events with the NFL Foundation, be sure to follow us on Twitter!


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