Coalition for Career Development

The Coalition for Career Development is a national coalition of prominent business, education and government organizations committed to making career readiness a central focus of American education. The Coalition grew out of a national convening of on career development that was held at the US Chamber of Commerce in 2016. The convening produced a consensus that providing high-quality career development to all students has enormous potential to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our education system. The Coalition is led by an Advisory Board representing more than two dozen companies and organizations, and is facilitated by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University.


Advisory Board Members

Coalition Organizing Committee

The Coalition for Career Development is graciously organized by the following group of dynamic individuals:

William Symonds, Director, Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University

Scott Solberg, Ph.D., Professor, Boston University School of Education

Leo Reddy, Chairmen and CEO, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council

Jan Bray, Founder and Chief Strategist, Bray Strategies

Todd Bloom, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Jefferson Education Acclerator

Kevin Houchin, Esq., Principal Strategist for Workforce, Readiness, ACT, Inc.

Chad d’Entremont, Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy

Vision Statement

The Coalition for Career Development is committed to making career readiness a central focus of American education. We believe that providing all learners with high-quality career development would greatly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our education and workforce development systems, better meet the needs of employers for a skilled workforce, elevate the dignity of all work and help more young people achieve the American Dream.

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Mission Statement

We will work collaboratively with education, business, government and non-profit organizations to create a national movement dedicated to helping all learners become career literate and career ready. Our work will include communicating the value of career development; identifying and promoting best practices; organizing and conducting convenings; promoting research and evaluation; fostering collaboration; and creating innovative programs.


1 – Establish a culture within education, workforce development, and the broader community to make career development/readiness a central focus. Career development is a process that informs individuals about career opportunities, helps them decide on the career for which they are best suited, and then determine the best pathway to their career goal.

2 – Encourage and empower business and industry – focusing on Chambers and workforce boards – to become leaders in career development by providing work-based learning opportunities, career information, mentoring and other assistance.

3 – Enable learners to pursue non-linear career pathways and employers to identify the potential of non-traditional applicants.

4 – Raise awareness of the dignity and importance of all forms of work.

Get Involved

The Coalition for Career Development welcomes individuals and organizations who want to join the Coalition. Membership of the Coalition for Career Development includes:

  1. Embracing the Vision, Mission and Goals
  2. The opportunity to attend and participate in the Coalition’s national events and summits
  3. Being identified as a member of the Coalition

The Coalition is also seeking financial and in-kind support to continue this work. If you would like to contribute to the Coalition, recommend an individual to serve on the Advisory Board, or learn more, please use the form below.