Removing Barriers. Building Connections. Launching Careers.

An Inclusive Talent Network
Creating Economic Growth and Opportunity

ConnextMSP was built to ensure that young professionals of color in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region are recruited, hired, and supported by local employers as they launch their careers. This is a critical lever for advancing inclusive economic growth and building a 21st century workforce in our region.  

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Partner Organizations

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The challenge and the opportunity

33% lower median wages

Median wages for employees of color remain 33% lower than wages of white workers and they are less likely to land full-time work within two years of completing college.

Removing Barriers

Every year in our region, thousands of young adults of color are enrolling in and completing college, but far too few go on to be hired by area employers and get on the pathway to a lifetime of economic prosperity.

80% of jobs are secured through personal connections

Emerging professionals of color too often lack access to powerful networks, and are shut out of relationships and support needed to secure and advance in career-track jobs.

Building Connections

We are powering this work through the ConnextMSP Talent Network, an online portal through which employers and young professionals of color can connect, share job opportunities, offer mentorship and career guidance.

37,000 entry-level job vacancies

Our region has more than 37,000 entry-level job vacancies each year, and is struggling to meet labor demands. It’s time to change the system, together. 

Launching Careers

Together, we are creating avenues to match talent with available professional-track jobs, and we are establishing clear pathways to career success

Learn More About ConnextMSP

Learn Who We Are

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"We're sitting on a goldmine of cultural fluency. The generation we are raising has more language skills and better ability to work with people different than them than any generation before."

R.T. Rybak, President & CEO, Minneapolis Foundation

"From the business perspective, it is paramount to have diversity of perspectives as we make decisions about the tough challenges ahead of us."

James Pierce, Co-Chair, Cargill Foundation

"My biggest hope for ConnextMSP is to have a strong network of mentorship and create a good pipeline for young BIPOCs to go into the many Fortune 500 companies here."

Maria Godinez, ConnextMSP Fellow

"I didn’t realize networking was so important until I tried to find a career, instead of just sitting in classes. ConnextMSP helps me make those connections."

Young Professional

"I would like employers in the ConnextMSP network to become more aware of the many circumstances and challenges facing young BIPOC professionals in MSP."

Zoe Bourgerie, ConnextMSP Fellow

"I joined ConnextMSP because as a senior that's about to graduate I want to be connected to resources, jobs and internship opportunities in the region."

Young Professional

Coalition of Employers and Partner Organizations

Achieve MPLS logo
Augsburg University logo
Avenica logo
BlueCross BlueShield logo
Three Bridge logo
The Brand Lab logo
Brooklynk logo
Cargill logo
College Possible logo
Deed Minnesota logo
University of St. Thomas logo
Ecolab logo
Genesys Works logo
Itasca Project
LandOLakes logo
McGough Construction logo
Medica logo
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Foundation logo
Minnesota Tech Association logo
Minneapolis Regional Chamber
North Hennepin Community College logo
Reve Academy logo
Right Track logo
Saint Paul College logo
Serve Minnesota logo
Step Up logo
Thomson Reuters logo
University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts logo
University of St. Thomas logo
Xcel Energy logo

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