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The Partnership hosted the inaugural HoustonNEXT: An ERG Summit in the fall of 2018, gathering hundreds of HR professionals and ERG leaders to discuss issues in talent attraction and diversity in the workplace. Out of that event, the Partnership launched the Talent Resources Group in 2019 to help connect HR and talent professionals in the region.

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The Role of Educational Institutions in Houston’s Aerospace Renaissance

7/16/24
Once known as Space City, Houston’s aerospace industry is experiencing a renaissance fueled by ambitious projects and strategic educational investments. As the region continues to attract aerospace companies and projects, local institutions are establishing innovative programs to meet the demand for skilled workers.   According to a Partnership analysis, Houston boasts over 500 space, aviation and aerospace-related firms and institutions and more than 23,000 aerospace and aviation-related professionals.  The University of Houston (UH) was recently selected by NASA to establish an aerospace engineering research center. The facility, dubbed NASA MIRO Inflatable Deployable Environments and Adaptive Space Systems (IDEAS2) Center, will provide students with opportunities to engage in cutting-edge aerospace research and hands-on learning. This initiative will pave pathways to careers in the industry while bolstering NASA’s human space exploration efforts on the Moon and Mars.  UH also offers a robust Aerospace Engineering program, focusing on areas such as aerodynamics and heat transfer, structural mechanics and materials and controls and dynamics. Additionally, the University of Houston – Clear Lake, Rice University, Lone Star College, and Houston Community College provide various certifications and degree programs essential for the aerospace industry. These include specialties in welding technology, computer and information sciences, mechanical engineering, materials science and more.  Texas A&M University recently signed a lease at Exploration Park, a 240-acre development at the Johnson Space Center, to establish its $200 million Space Institute. Funded by the Texas Space Commission, which was created by the state legislature last year to bolster Texas’ leadership in aerospace activity, the institute will train and equip students for careers in aerospace. Additionally, it will support mission training, aeronautics research, advanced robotics, and work on lunar and Martian exploration.  Meanwhile, San Jacinto College (SJC) is also playing a pivotal role in building Houston's aerospace workforce through its EDGE Center. Located at the Houston Spaceport, this 154-acre facility is dedicated to aerospace training and program development, offering state-of-the-art resources and cutting-edge technology. With a recent $332,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the EDGE Center has launched an aerospace technician training program aimed at certifying unemployed or displaced workers and facilitating their placement in the region’s workforce.    “Funding like this grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to further our training offerings reaches far beyond our students to the future of the aerospace industry,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “A skilled workforce is critical to the success of the Houston Spaceport and the aerospace industries that support it, and we understand our role in providing the next generation of aerospace technicians.”  Learn more about Houston’s thriving aerospace industry. 
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Professional Development

Fueling the Future: How Houston's Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs are Shaping Tomorrow's Business Landscape

6/11/24
The greater Houston region is fueled by a thriving workforce comprised of skilled professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs. Ranking among the top 10 in the U.S. for attracting millennials and retaining college graduates, the region is a burgeoning hub for young talent.   Because of this, companies and organizations have prioritized a regional focus on developing tomorrow’s workforce by educating young people on emerging industries and re-training mid-career professionals for high-demand careers through college, university and technical programs. The result is a strong base of budding young leaders primed to shape the future of our region.   The Greater Houston Partnership’s Houston Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) leadership development program is dedicated to supporting emerging leaders with the skills and insights that will enhance their potential.    We spoke to several HYPE members to gain some insight on the challenges young professionals face and the future of business in our community.    In your opinion, what are the most pressing leadership challenges facing young professionals in Houston today?  Elijah Defferari, Lummus Tech: It is important to hone a leadership style that is authentically you. There is often a disconnect between what is written or portrayed in popular media (TikTok, LinkedIn, new outlets or social medias) and what is the reality of your situation. It helps to unplug from social media, at least in intervals, to really assess yourself as a person/leader in order to discover how you tend to lead without the bias and influence of social media "gurus" or coaches that do not know your individual leadership journey. In other words, it is a challenge to all young professionals, beyond just Houston, to scour through the inundation of data we see online and craft our own leadership identities.  Sam Linton, Accenture: In Houston, young professionals are stepping into leadership roles during a time of dramatic industry shifts. As the city pivots from its traditional oil roots to embrace technology and renewable energy, emerging leaders face unique challenges. They must master new skills swiftly, navigate cultural complexities within one of the most diverse workforces in the nation, and drive innovation. Furthermore, integrating sustainable practices poses another significant hurdle, especially in sectors historically reliant on natural resources. Despite these challenges, the opportunities for growth and impact are immense. For those ready to lead, Houston offers a dynamic arena to influence the future of business and drive change.  "Effective leadership now requires a mix of adaptability, cultural sensitivity, and a forward-thinking approach," says Linton. Can you share a memorable experience where mentorship directly contributed to a success story of yours?  Francesca Sosa, Inventure: I never really had an official mentor until a few years ago and it was career changing. 3 years into my professional journey I was simply focused on what was next so I could get promoted. My thoughts were always “you have to be good at everything and do whatever it takes to showcase it”. This only hindered me because I would bite more than I could chew and it would result in poor work product or extreme levels of stress. I was also trying to be someone I was not. At some point someone that was working on one of our large projects left the company and I requested to take over her role. This made me the teammate of someone I had not worked with before and it was the best decision I ever made. She took me under her wing and helped me grow professionally and personally. She became the person I could talk to no matter what. She became that official mentor I needed to find my way. I was promoted thanks to her guidance. I also found myself much happier with my work life balance.  How do you see the Houston business community evolving in the next decade, and what opportunities do you foresee for young professionals and entrepreneurs?   Shaw Adcock, Greater Houston Partnership: The Houston business ecosystem is evolving in a lot of exciting ways, and innovation is at the heart of our future success. Young professionals and entrepreneurs have the chance to make lasting impact in some of the most important industries and movements here in Houston. The innovative ideas that spring here will provide copious opportunities to partake in, and change the world in the process. "Core industries like aerospace, energy and life sciences are all at the precipice of major breakthroughs and positive changes," says Adcock.   Whether you're a young professional looking to expand your network or a budding entrepreneur seeking mentorship and support, HYPE offers developmental experiences to succeed in Houston’s workforce. Join HYPE to gain access to a diverse network of like-minded professionals, exclusive events, and invaluable resources designed to inspire the next generation of Houston business leaders.   Learn more about HYPE. 
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