4819 Emperor Blvd., Ste 305,
Durham, NC 27703
Geoff Cramer has been a leader in the workforce and talent optimization solutions space for almost twenty years. His ecosystem designs and technology solutions serve a broad spectrum of applications to meet the needs of industry, education, workforce development, corporate clients, and the military. His work is based on creating holistic ecosystem workforce development models that connect-the-dots between existing resources and stakeholders to more efficiently address the needs of students and job seekers, while at the same time, meeting the talent demands of industry for 21st century skills.
As the founder of Futures Inc., Geoff designed the first cloud-based career exploration and talent matching technology built on a skill latticing architecture, not keyword search. The platform is called Pipeline and has already delivered some of the most successful education and workforce development solutions in North America.
Cramer designed the first universal transition and Veteran employment solution, branded H2H.jobs. This solution delivered the most successful workforce development program in U.S. history, documenting 252,121 hires in just 18-months. The Pipeline platform, used to power the H2H.jobs program, was awarded “Best of Breed Technology” by the Federal Government and is the only technology of its kind with documented performance across all branches of the Armed Forces, 54 states and territories, and all U.S. industries.
He says his passion for helping people connect with rewarding careers comes from his years as a high school wrestling coach. Geoff founded a nonprofit, Futures for Kids (F4K), as a public/private partnership out of Duke University with lead partners Apple and Cisco.
The original technology solutions focused on supporting underserved populations, reducing the skills gap, and reducing high school dropout rates by providing hope, relevance, and providing user-friendly career pathway resources for young adults. His original models and technology are now being utilized by more than 20,000 schools worldwide and his work has received international recognition.
Geoff has been honored with numerous awards for innovation and social entrepreneurship. Some include the Most Innovative Technology Company (CED), Top Nonprofit Technology Organization of the Year (NCTA), Points of Light Award, and the Alumni Leadership Award (Duke University).
He lectures on workforce economics and social entrepreneurship at business schools across the country and is an advisor for numerous nonprofits and youth education focused organizations. Geoff has a BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Duke University.
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Tucson Metro Chamber
465 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Amber Smith is the president and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber. In her role, she leads the Tucson Metro Chamber in implementing the goals and visions of the Chamber’s Board of Directors to champion an environment where business thrives and the Tucson community prospers. Focusing on growing business through workforce development, talent attraction, and public policy, the Tucson Metro Chamber is a strong community partner focused on making Tucson the ideal destination for business success. Amber’s goal is to lower the amount of poverty in Tucson by growing businesses.
A government relations professional by trade, Amber’s strength is building relationships between the public and private sector, while identifying ways to collaborate and partner to achieve mutually beneficial goals. Amber began her career working for Senator McCain where she became adept at retaining professionalism and decorum while navigating difficult and controversial policy matters.
Amber represented the real estate and land use industry on policy matters first as a lobbyist for homebuilders and developers and then for Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA). MPA’s foundation is creating balanced land use policies that stimulate economic development and reasonably preserves our natural environment. Amber has continued that philosophy of finding common ground through her work at the Tucson Metro Chamber.
A Texas native, Amber moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Eller College. Married to a second-generation Tucsonan, Amber’s husband Robert is a Tucson Fire Department Captain, who also owns a small business. Amber and Robert have three young sons, 11 goats, four dogs, three donkeys and some chickens and they enjoy the quiet life on their small ranch.
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