Global Pathways Institute was created to find solutions to our national failure to prepare huge numbers of young people for success, including achieving economic independence.

“I want to acknowledge the critical and important and excellent work that Global Pathways Institute is doing on behalf of students in Arizona and across the Southwest.”

- Doug Ducey, Arizona Governor


Global Pathways Institute is committed to creating an America in which all young people are prepared to lead productive and successful lives. We believe that providing young people with high-quality multiple pathways is the best way to help them discover and develop their potential and achieve economic independence.


GPI will advance a national movement to provide high-quality multiple pathways to economic independence for all young people. We will work with the organizations, institutions, and individuals aligned with GPI to accelerate awareness and adoption of effective pathways models, to facilitate development of innovative pathways programs and policies, and to build support for the national movement.


Our system for preparing young people to achieve the American Dream is badly broken. The symptoms include the world’s highest college dropout rate; over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt; and staggering levels of teen and young adult unemployment / underemployment. This crisis now touches virtually every family in America.


Developing effective solutions to the Pathways challenge will require that we – and those who share our vision – work across four interrelated areas.

Global Pathways Institute - Research


We must promote and increase research into multiple pathways, career guidance and other pathways-related issues. Research on these issues has long been neglected, but is vital if we hope to build more effective pathways systems.

Global Pathways Institute - Convene


Bringing together the leaders who embrace our vision is a powerful strategy for building a movement, sharing research and developing an action agenda. GPI will work others to convene national and regional conferences, meetings and dialogues aimed at advancing the Pathways movement.

Global Pathways Institute - Communicate


We must overcome the enormous cultural barriers to a multiple pathways system, including the near-universal belief that the only prestigious pathway to success is a four-year college degree. We must promote the legitimacy of alternate pathways, as well as the dignity of work.

Global Pathways Institute - Collaborate


Developing an effective pathways system will require that leaders from the key sectors - business, government, education and philanthropy - work together to create innovative new approaches. GPI will work to encourage and foster such collaboration.

Coalition for Career Development

The Global Pathways Institute is forming a national Coalition for Career Development in partnership with key stakeholders from education, business, workforce development, government, and philanthropy. The work of this coalition will be guided by the bold ideas generated at the National Convening on Career Development held on February 22, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The mission of this coalition will be to take a leadership role in advocating for making career development a central focus in our education and workforce development systems.
Click here to learn more about our bold ideas for action and how you and your organization can join the coalition.

Reviving the American Dream by Using Career Development to Prepare all Young Adults for Career Success
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C.

Under the leadership of GPI, a cross-sector coalition of national organizations committed to reviving the American Dream organized an invitation-only national convening at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This working meeting included 250 leaders from business, education, government and the non-profit sector charged with developing a plan to build a national movement to elevate career development, and identifying innovative and effective strategies for providing high-quality career development at scale. Our goal was to forge a concrete call to action and clear next steps aimed at achieving these goals.


  • ACT, Inc.
  • Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work
  • Association for Career and Technical Education
  • America's Promise Alliance
  • Boston University, School of Education
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University
  • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
  • National Career Development Association
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
  • National Governors Association
  • SME
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Click below to learn more about the coalition and view a meeting summary that includes the action plan developed by attendees.

Learn About the CoalitionSummary & Action Steps

Dates: Thursday, May 11 - Saturday, May 13
Location: Denver Marriott City Center | Denver, CO

Building off of the successes of the 2015 and 2016 Southwest Pathways Conferences, we are expanding our annual conference to address how we might improve education and workforce development throughout the West. The 2017 Western Pathways Conference will include cross-sector teams from many states charged with developing action plans. We will meet at the Denver Marriott City Center in the heart of Denver, Colorado.

View AgendaLearn More2016 Southwest Pathways Conference