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Member Perspective: Daniel K. Fitzpatrick

Posted Friday, September 8th, 2017

Member Submitted, Action Teams, Education & Talent

Guest Commentator: Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, CFA, President, Citizens Bank PA/NJ/DE, Citizens Bank @CitizensBank

Why should the business community support ways to connect youth to employment and education opportunities?

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with a number of incredible nonprofits that help unemployed or underemployed individuals from our region gain the skills they need to pursue upwardly mobile careers. As Chair of the Chamber’s Education & Talent Action Team (ETAT) one of our biggest priorities will be to enhance efforts that meaningfully engage our young adults in the education and skills training programs that will set them on a path to success.

Our youth will shape the future workforce of our region, and our aspirations of building a regional economy that is both vibrant and inclusive hinges upon their success. If we do not invest in their career pathways to build a sustainable talent pipeline, we will continue to struggle with closing the skills gap. Investing in career pathways isn’t just philanthropy, it’s smart business.

As ETAT pursues this objective, your business can get involved today by engaging with these two programs that support workforce development for youth:


Managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, WorkReady enrolls vulnerable youth with summer and year-round internships. By investing in the city’s future workforce, WorkReady equips youth to enter the workforce by addressing key skill gaps while also providing real work experience to youth. Enroll as an employer »»

The Hub at PA CareerLink® West

The Hub at PA CareerLink® West engages youth ages 16-24 who live, work or study in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone to community resources. Participants can access Career/College Readiness Training, and gain work experience through job shadowing, internships, and more. Support the Hub »»


In addition to partnering on the programs above, ETAT is also engaging regional employers to aggregate information about the business community’s workforce needs that drive our region’s key industries, such as health care, energy, and more. In doing so, we can better align workforce needs and training opportunities to reduce hiring friction in the Greater Philadelphia market.

I encourage you to learn more about the Chamber’s Education & Talent Action Team, and join us to position Greater Philadelphia as a premier talent hub.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Education & Talent Action Team (ETAT) or becoming an Action Team member, please contact Patty Day.

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