Colorado Talent Equity Agenda
The Prosperity Now Scorecard ranks Colorado 12th nationally on overall prosperity of the state’s residents, yet at the same time ranks Colorado 37th when it comes to racial disparities between white residents and residents of color. This gap has significant implications and spotlights a critical need to strengthen how we educate, train, hire, and promote our current workforce.
The Talent Equity Agenda makes the case for targeting resources, raising awareness, and accelerating shared strategies to close racial economic disparities in the state and measure the results.
Talent Equity Stakeholder Forums: In an effort to accelerate progress in implementing the Talent Equity Agenda, the CWDC and partners will host Talent Equity Stakeholder Forums in February and March 2021. Each stakeholder forum will engage partners of the TalentFOUND network (education, workforce and economic development, community-based organizations, and business/industry) in championing the Talent Equity Agenda and taking action on strategies and indicators that can make measurable impacts in addressing equity gaps. Learn more and register for a forum.
During its January 2020 meeting, the CWDC adopted equity as a key value in creating an economy that works for all Coloradans. In an effort to live out the value of equity and address the growing disparities within the state's talent development ecosystem, the CWDC convened stakeholders in July 2020 to produce the Talent Equity Agenda. A draft of the agenda was released for public comment in August, and feedback received during this period was used to update the agenda before a final version was created in September.
Racial Disparities in Colorado's Talent Pipeline
In Colorado, there is a gap between individuals who are white and individuals of color in relation to educating, training, hiring, and promoting our current workforce. This gap has significant implications for the state’s economic competitiveness and undermines our goal of a Colorado economy that works for all of us.