Kelli Jordan

Talent Leader, New Collar Initiatives, IBM

Kelli Jordan is the Talent Leader for IBM's New Collar Initiatives. In this role, she is responsible for designing and developing programs that help to build new talent pipelines for key skills, that drive new partnerships across the workforce ecosystem, and that continue to drive IBM's new collar messaging around skills and capability in lieu of traditional credentials. Since establishing this role in 2017, Kelli has worked to design and launch IBM's new U.S.-based apprenticeship program, and has collaborated to register more than 10 new occupational roles for apprenticeship. She also launched IBM's Community College Skills Accelerator, providing skills roadmaps and free access to IBM tools, software, and platforms to community colleges across the country. Kelli joined IBM in 2002 and has had numerous roles focused on talent development. Prior to her current role, she was focused on designing signature experiences for early professional hires, including the onboarding and first two years of learning. She also managed various talent programs for IBM's North America consulting team, with a significant focus on diversity, organic growth, and employee engagement. Kelli has been featured in NBC News, TechRepublic, Forbes, and Fox Business News speaking about apprenticeship, skills, and work-based learning opportunities. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

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