After highly successful corporate careers, we weren’t ready to retire quite yet. Not without changing the business world first.
As seasoned professionals, we all felt the call to share our experience, knowledge, and contacts with the next generation, but we also wanted more than that. We knew there must be a way to connect prepared, motivated, diverse students and recent graduates with the fast-growing companies that could use their talents—but weren’t finding these gems because these two groups are often invisible to each other.
In early 2014, a grant from Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd helped us fund our first co-hort. Eight UpTurns met in a church basement and learned the type of skills considered crucial, but surprisingly scarce. They received one-on-one coaching, which built confidence in their abilities. That first cohort currently works at: Cargill, Travelers, SportsEngine, Hennepin County, Christo Rey, U of MN, and Colliers International.