Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship

JFF’s Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship, powered by the ECMC Foundation, is an innovative approach to helping employers tap a diverse pool of talent to find and retain qualified workers to power their businesses.

The Need

Companies must reimagine the talent they need to not only manage today’s challenges, but also thrive in a future that will require a resilient, inclusive, and diverse workforce. They can develop that workforce in partnership with community college career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Three reasons why you should engage with CTE programs:

  1. They produce talented graduates who have the skills and drive your company needs.
  2. They serve as direct pipelines of talent that you can tap to accelerate your diversity efforts and create the workforce of the future.
  3. Partnering with community college CTE programs can give you the opportunity to influence training at the outset and customize coursework and subject matter to meet your needs.

The Fellows

The Second Cohort of Talent of Tomorrow

Educational pathways look very different, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that one way is the right way. What are different pathways that can be created to provide accessible opportunities for people that don't necessarily have the privilege to earn a four-year degree? That’s why I joined the Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship, because it aims to help employers bridge that gap

Jennifer Lucia, IBM Employee and Talent of Tomorrow Fellow

What Will Talent of Tomorrow Fellows Experience?

The fellowship is a virtual experience that requires a commitment of roughly six hours a month for a year. All activities take place on our online learning platform. Participating fellows will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Engage with expert instructors from community colleges.
  • Learn new talent development strategies
  • Experience firsthand the untapped power of community college CTE programs
  • Network with a national cohort of emerging leaders in their fields

Get Involved


Why should you participate?

As an employer with an employee in the ToT fellowship or as an HR professional who participates in the program, you will be able to develop lasting strategies for talent development and recruitment. The program will also enable students from community colleges and CTE programs to gain access to meaningful opportunities with employers who previously focused their recruiting efforts on people with four-year degrees. That makes the Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship a win-win proposition. Beyond that, you can expect benefits like these:

  • A plan to build a custom talent sourcing and development initiative for your company
  • Access to experts, best practices, and resources
  • A peer network made up of other corporate leaders who are also diversifying talent sourcing efforts
  • Opportunities to partner with local CTE programs

Across the nation, a lot of different organizations have been devoted to being more intentional on the diversity that they are bringing in, and Lincoln Electric is no different. What worked a year and a half ago is just not working today, and so we are constantly looking at what we can do different, how we can try to be a little more innovative in how we’re recruiting and where we are recruiting--that is why I joined the Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship.

Ryan J. Ellis, Lincoln Electric Employee and Talent of Tomorrow Fellow

Find Out More

We’re asking companies to identify emerging HR leaders who are eager to be part of this innovative solution and provide them with release time for learning, networking, and strategizing with national experts. Participation in the fellowship requires a commitment of six hours per month.

For more information on how you can nominate an employee, become a fellow, or attend one of our virtual open houses, fill out the Inquiry Form below.


The Talent of Tomorrow Fellowship, powered by the ECMC Foundation, is designed to support companies that are committed to adopting new talent sourcing strategies to strengthen and diversify their workforces.

The fellowship is a professional development experience for emerging HR leaders who want to help propel their companies’ workforces into the future. Participants in this yearlong program will discover how to take advantage of local community college CTE programs to recruit well-qualified talent and build a workforce that stays. In addition, they will learn how partnering with these programs can help bolster a company’s diversity efforts, and they will have opportunities to network with like-minded professionals across the country.