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GROW WITH Google Program is a Partnership with Dress for Success, The Links, and four National Panhellenic Sororities

Google Launches Initiative to Provide 100,000 Black Women With Career Development and Digital Skills Training Over the Next Year


The Program is a Partnership with Dress for Success, The Links, and four National Panhellenic Sororities


Created by Black Women for Black Women, Program Aims to Equip Group Disproportionately Impacted by Unemployment with Critical Digital Skills Needed for Today’s In-Demand Jobs

 , Google launched Grow with Google: Black Women Lead, an initiative to provide 100,000 Black women with career development and digital skills training by spring 2022. The initiative is a first-of-its-kind partnership with six organizations led by Black womenDress for Success, The Links, and four of the National Panhellenic Sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. Over the course of the next year, Grow with Google will work with the partner organizations to offer leadership development and digital skills training to support Black women nationwide. 


“Google is proud to stand with Dress for Success, the Links, and four of the National Panhellenic Sororities to help more Black women get access to the digital skills and career development needed to enter today’s most in-demand jobs,” said Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer, Google.


The program is launching at a crucial time for Black female job seekers. Women account for 56% of workforce exits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Black women accounted for 154,000 jobs lost in December alone. Todayone in six Black women are unemployed, and disproportionately work in sectors impacted by economic downturns. Grow with Google’s Black Women Lead program aims to help close these gaps by working with the partner organizations to provide essential digital skills training in their communities. 


“We’ve seen first-hand how women of color, especially Black women, have withstood the worst of COVID-19—as both caretakers and heads of household,” said Joi Gordon, CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide. “We’re thrilled for this partnership that helps us provide not just support but solutions, with content that teaches women the 21st-century skills they’ll need in a world of work that is rapidly changing.”


The initiative’s workshops include resume building, interview training, design thinking for entrepreneurs, how to make business decisions with analytics, and the fundamentals of online marketing. Dress for Success will offer additional career services including interview preparation, mentorship, and networking to women participating in the program.


“In partnering with Google, Alpha Kappa Alpha will narrow the digital divide, one further revealed by this pandemic. By mobilizing our membership of 1,026 chapters, we are helping prepare them for new educational opportunities, otherwise not easily available,” said Glenda Glover, President, Alpha Kappa Alpha. “Alpha Kappa Alpha strives to exemplify excellence by building sustainable pipelines for education and development.”

This initiative is part of Google’s recent $15M commitment to upskill Black job seekers, and the company’s ongoing work to ensure the opportunities created by technology are available to everyone. To reach the widest audience as effectively as possible, partner organizations are being trained in Grow with Google’s curriculum so they can lead their own workshops. Created by Black women for Black women, this approach represents a model in which the people teaching the courses are intimately familiar with the workplace experiences of the participants. Participants can register for workshops at


Grow with Google was started in 2017 to help Americans grow their skills, careers, and businesses. It provides free training, tools, and expertise to help small business owners, veterans and military families, job seekers and students, educators, startups, and developers. Since Google's inception, it has helped more than six million Americans grow their skills, careers, and businesses. In addition to its virtual presence, Grow with Google has created a network of more than 8,000 partner organizations like libraries, schools, small business development centers, chambers of commerce, and nonprofits to help people coast-to-coast. 

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