Named for the meridian that bridges the Great Continental Divide, the 114th Partnership® is a national nonprofit helping young people navigate education and career pathways. Our goal is to connect classwork to potential careers with our programs Spark 101 Interactive STEM Videos, 114th Professional Challenges, and Accelerated Impact to equip one million young people to align their education plans to personally rewarding, high-demand careers by 2020. At least half of the young people will be from traditionally underserved populations.
Integrating career-based problem solving into academic courses and strengthening Career and Technical Education programs is critical to broaden participation in high-opportunity careers. Personal interest and experience are primary motivators to engagement in challenging coursework and demanding careers. More employer-educator partnerships should support the occupational identity development inherent in young people as a means to leverage career aspirations to inﬂuence secondary and post-secondary course taking outcomes. To learn more about the power of motivation see our Motivation Matters White Paper and our Executive Summary.
Professional Pathway Readiness
Founder and President
Since 2001, Jane has led multiple national and regional educator-employer collaborations designed to prepare and inspire students on the path toward professional readiness. These cross-sector alliances have been grounded in research, with collaborative designs and embedded evaluations for evidenced-based performance management. Jane has led many projects that deliver progress in student understanding, interest, and skills critical to career success, with a special focus on STEM. Her groundbreaking approach is featured in numerous education and business publications, including a 2009 Harvard Business School case study, “Leading for Equity” and a 2014 University of Phoenix report, “Investment Criteria for STEM Education: What Counts for Excellence in STEM Programs?” Jane ensures overall strategies and programming meets criteria for mission alignment and that the organization is effectively collecting and communicating evidence of mission impact on short-term targets and longer-term goals.
Vice President, Operations
Emily is an accomplished business operations leader with more than 15 years experience in budget design and oversight, financial allocation and forecasting, personnel supervision, production scheduling, contract negotiation, and client collaboration. She has deep knowledge of nonprofit best practices, including governance, legal and accounting requirements. Emily handles all logistical aspects of the grant application process and oversees the infrastructure behind the development and execution of career case challenges that feature high-skill, high-opportunity careers and align those careers to national and state academic standards. Emily is responsible for the accuracy and reliability of operating, programmatic and fiscal data used for decision-making as well as the adoption of consistent, quality project management best practices across programmatic implementations and special projects and events.
In her prior career, television production management, Emily was an accomplished operations director with over a dozen years of hands-on production experience in New York City and the DC Metro area. Emily is a certified nonprofit accounting professional (CNAP).
Tiffany Godbout Williams
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Tiffany brings more than 10 years as a nonprofit development executive with expertise in public-private funding and collaboration for career readiness. She is a proven nonprofit and education professional with extensive experience in business-education partnerships, organizational and fiscal management, program measurement and evaluation, board management, and strategic planning. Tiffany previously served as the executive director for the Washington Hospitality Foundation and the Hospitality High School of Washington D.C. She leads the 114th Partnership® outreach and partnership efforts, responsible for broadening the organization’s network of productive, mission-aligned funders and partners. She also leads and manages the scope of work and ongoing implementation of large scale, community based Accelerated Impact projects.
Director of Programs and Communications
Nikki is an experienced program director, volunteer coordinator, and organizational trainer responsible for the design and execution of Spark 101 STEM Skills Videos, live challenges, and teacher engagement. She has helped nearly 100 employers design and deliver impactful challenges and works with teachers to ensure that the challenges align with teaching goals. She also curates and communicates Spark 101 impact stories.
Director, Innovative Program Development
Laura joined the 114th Partnership in 2011 to leverage her expertise in corporate turnarounds and change management to improve the strategic collaboration between educators and employers. In her role as Director of Innovation, Laura ensures that research, market, and field-based insights relevant to educator and employer cross-sector collaborations inform impactful program designs and continuous improvements. By integrating cutting-edge research into all aspects of the organization, she works to deepen the 114th’s brand and expand its impact. Her efforts safeguard 114th Partnership program and service quality and affordability as they expand to new markets and users.
Laura is currently also pursuing an executive MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Laura applies her classroom learnings in real-time, by designing and customizing the case study process to the unique needs of learners in secondary, post-secondary, workforce development, and employment settings. These short, structured career challenges enable instructors to bring real-world examples of on-the-job tasks drawn from high-opportunity careers directly to their learners.
Brittany’s professional background consists of project management, prospect research, and data analysis within the consumer market research industry and nonprofit world. In her current role, she is responsible for gathering and maintaining program data, reporting outcomes, and assessing projections to support quality decision making by the team. She also supports program delivery and assists with content development and communications for programmatic impact.
Senior Manager, Deloitte
Garrett advises executives in the global chemical, aerospace and defense, and oil and gas industries on strategies that increase revenue and maximize profits. He works on enterprise and business unit strategy, operational excellence, supply chain management, business process transformation, IT systems integration, performance metrics, planning, scheduling, reporting, shared services, and benchmarking.
Founder, Girls Thinking Global
Kathy is an education industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Pearson Education. Kathy currently leads Girls Thinking Global, an international nonprofit focused on the needs of adolescent girls. Her efforts bring deep relationships with education leaders and extensive knowledge of education technology trends.
Senior Vice President and Global Head of Marketing, School Services, Sodexo
Scott leads marketing for Sodexo’s School Services Operations, including integrated food and facilities management. He has a passion for nutrition and wellness and has been a key advocate for change to the USDA regulations that govern child nutrition programs. Scott is committed to providing creative solutions to the challenge of serving nutritious meals to all school children.
Program Manager, Technology Leadership Development, AT&T
Tracey seeks to develop high potential employees who have the leadership aspiration and technical competence to advance emerging technologies through a three-year rotational experience. She has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, marketing, and emerging technologies. Tracey previously taught elementary school with a focus on gifted and talented math and science.
Chief Operations Officer, ASCD
Lee has served as a senior business leader and global marketing strategist with prominent organizations including ASCD, Pearson, Scholastic, Microsoft, Certiport, Adobe, Sun Microsystems, and ETS. He has 20 years of experience bridging technology, education technology, and market development, helping organizations shape and execute innovative, data-defined local and global go-to-market strategies to elevate their profile in new and existing markets.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships, University of Phoenix College of Education
Cheryl contributes marketing experience for transformative teacher service solutions through talent development strategies for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. She is a former classroom teacher and administrator.
Principal, Badger Consulting Group LLC
Susan served as a senior executive at two of the world’s largest publishing companies. Her leadership and management experience currently support K20 innovation and transformation in her work as an adviser to education technology disruptors.
Consultant, Nonprofit Strategy
Ann is one of the nation’s leading experts on fundraising for science education. She has served as Senior Director of Development for the National Science Teachers Association and CEO of EarthEcho, an environmental education nonprofit. Ann specializes in identifying potential alignments between public and private foundations and education nonprofits.
Patrick J. O’Reilly
Lt. General, US Army (Retired)
Patrick brings public sector expertise in the emerging needs of military and government employers. He served as the Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and currently lends his technical experience on emerging strategic technology to government and business leaders as Senior Vice President at Alphabet Technologies, Inc.
Academic Dean, University of Phoenix College of Education
Pamela brings experience in teacher graduate and in-service programming requirements, as well as emerging needs and innovations in education.