Reach for the STARs
Realizing the Potential of America’s Hidden Talent Pool
More than 70 million workers are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs). More than 30 million STARs have the skills today to perform higher-wage work.
Six Million Black STARs have the skills for higher-wage work right now
Millions of Black STARs have the experience employers need. Skills-based hiring of these workers can help businesses fill open roles with high-quality Black talent and help us achieve an equitable recovery.
Navigating with the STARs
Reimagining Equitable Pathways to Mobility
STARs have the skills for higher wage work but their pathways to economic mobility are blocked. We identify the jobs that can open opportunity for STARs.
STAR Research Community
Activating a collaborative community of researchers
We conduct our own research, but that’s only the beginning. We also seek out and encourage the participation of research partners and collaborators.
Our goal? To inspire others to pursue new research—and question conventional wisdom on our workers, talent management practices, and workforce development. Over time, the available data and insights will multiply, delivering answers to every question that’s at the heart of economic mobility for STARs.
Peter Q. Blair, Tomas G. Castagnino, Erica L. Groshen, Papia Debroy, Byron Auguste, Shad Ahmed, Fernando Garcia Diaz & Cristian Bonavida
Searching for STARs: Work Experience as a Job Market Signal for Workers without Bachelor’s Degrees
Peter Q. Blair, Papia Debroy & Justin Heck
Skills, Degrees & Labor Market Inequality
McCann, Jones-Rooy, Nelson, Blair
Panelists from New York University, the University of Southern California, Stanford University and Harvard University produced 4 novel papers with important findings to support STARs’ equitable recovery across the policy lifecycle.
STARs Insights Advisory Panel
Our STARs Insights Initiative Advisory Panel is chaired by Dr. Erica Groshen, former Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and includes advisors with experience in labor economics, workforce development and the future of work across the public, private, and academic sectors.
Erica GroshenFormer Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Peter Q. BlairAssistant Professor, Harvard University
Chandra ChildersStudy Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Martin FlemingFormer Chief Economist, IBM
Michael StrainDirector of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute