YUPRO Placement’s Margaret Walkup Named on SIA 2023 40 Under 40 List
BOSTON, Massachusetts —July 20, 2023 — YUPRO Placement has once again been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) for its commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year, YUPRO Placement’s Vice President of Program and Partnerships, Margaret Walkup, was listed among a distinguished group of industry leaders making major contributions to the world of work. In publishing its annual list of staffing’s next generation of leaders, SIA, the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, singles out those who have been met with several unique challenges and overcome such with agility and determination.
Margaret Walkup discovered her passion for building strategic partnerships with companies committed to diversity and inclusion through non-traditional recruiting methods after overseeing both the client and talent job placement experience as Regional Director 5 years ago. Today, Margaret drives our expansion efforts with more than 20 national nonprofit talent providers and workforce development partners, growing our talent database to over 100K STARs.
“I am honored to receive this recognition. My department at YUPRO Placement is a vital investment in our social mission. We take immense pride in supporting our exceptional talent community of STARs (Skilled Through Alternative Routes) who possess in-demand skills and remarkable determination. Our work is to be a trusted resource and partner providing the pathways, support, and tools for their career journeys.” Walkup says.
As Vice President of Program and Partnerships, Walkup also leads our national partnership with IBM SkillsBuild, our global grant and partnership with IBM to upskill 1,000 talent annually as part of the IBM global initiative to reskill 30 million learners by 2030. Margaret built a hiring solution that bridges this nationally acclaimed curriculum with high-touch coaching while on contract assignments, where talent earn industry-recognized credentials and professional badges. This solution resulted in a 94% conversion rate to full-time employment.
Congratulations Margaret and all other industry leaders recognized in this year’s 2023 SIA 40 Under 40 list. Click here to review the full recognition list.
About YUPRO Placement
YUPRO Placement champions skills-first hiring by sourcing, recruiting, retaining, and advancing traditionally overlooked talent. A mission-driven placement firm, we serve as the connector between forward-thinking employers, a national upskilling partner network, and career-ready talent.
With on-the-job coaching, upskilling, and wraparound supports for placed candidates, YUPRO Placement creates pathways to upward economic mobility and workplace diversity. The result: a high performing workforce with the skills to drive positive career and business outcomes.