Advising On: Skills-Based Hiring
Jamai Blivin is the Founder and previous CEO of Innovate+Educate, a non-profit she started in 2008 with a vision for an industry-led board focused on education and workforce strategies to address the significant gaps between supply/demand in both education and workforce. The organization made a large impact on the future of skills-based hiring and training over its 12 years of implementation. This included the development of Core Score, a validated skills based assessment and training diagnostic used in hiring and training both in the U.S. and globally.
Jamai enjoyed a 15-year career in the investment field, managing over $125 Million in assets at the height of her career. She retired in 2001 to pursue her passion for education and the underserved youth, teaching middle school in Little Rock, AR and Durham, NC from 2001 to 2006. In 2006, she joined the North Carolina Technology Association, overseeing a congressional project in Robeson County, NC. She later led the work at the NCTA Education Foundation, and started the Knowledge Workforce Committee in 2007 to address the IT shortage pipeline of member companies.
Jamai serves as an advisor on multiple national boards including the Urban Research Park, Upskill Enterprises, and Innovate+Educate. She also is very involved in her work in NM, sitting on multiple committees and advisory boards.
Jamai has a BSBA and MBA from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Dave, have seven children ages 16-31, all on their own education to employment journey. When not focusing on her work, she is found in the garden, doing yoga, or reading.