Check out this video featuring Marie Lynch and learn more about her company, Skills!
Marie Lynch graduated with a bachelors degree in History from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994 and has been awarded The LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award!
Marie Trzupek Lynch was a graduate student when a neighbor told her about an internship in the Chicago mayor’s office, opening the door to her big break.
However, Lynch didn’t always have such connections. Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood in the Chicago suburbs, she learned that where you live can have a big impact on the opportunities you’re given.
Today, she devotes her life to improving people’s economic mobility, no matter what their zip code might be. She is the founding president and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, which is built on an innovative, demand-driven model focused on job placements.
Since Skills began in 2012, the program has grown from a staff of 10 to 45 in Chicago, and they have gone from placing 539 people in jobs the first year to placing over 1,200 per year, most of them low-income.
The Skills program also launched in Rhode Island in 2016, the beginning of a national expansion. As Lynch explains, Skills acts like that helpful neighbor, getting people in the door.
-Published by Doug Peterson on October 8, 2018 on the Liberal Arts and Sciences website
Read more about how Lynch has helped thousands find jobs here on the LAS website.