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United in Tearing the Paper Ceiling

Over 60 national organizations are partnering alongside STARs to tear the paper ceiling, including some of America’s most respected companies, philanthropies, and workforce development organizations. See how you can, too. 

Brought together by the shared insight that myths and misperceptions limit upward economic mobility for the 50% of workers in the U.S. who don’t have a college degree, nonprofits Opportunity@Work and the Ad Council lead the coalition that is uniting to tear the paper ceiling.

Opportunity@Work engages with corporate, philanthropic, and workforce partners to directly address the barriers that face STARs - workers who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes, rather than through a bachelor’s degree. Their landmark research has brought new light to the skills and potential of the 70+ million workers in the U.S. who are STARs, while its innovative talent marketplace, Stellarworx, enables companies to more easily find and hire STARs. 

The Ad Council is where creativity and causes converge. Bringing together the most creative minds in advertising, media, technology and marketing to address many of the nation’s most important causes, the Ad Council has created some of the most iconic campaigns in advertising history. Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Smokey Bear. Love Has No Labels. Their innovative social good campaigns raise awareness, inspire action, and save lives.

Opportunity at Work
Ad Council

Let’s Tear the Paper Ceiling Together.

Whether you’re a Fortune 100 company, a national talent developer, a philanthropic organization, or even a small business, you can help tear the paper ceiling and create opportunities for the millions of STARs in the US. From investing in the national Tear the Paper Ceiling campaign, to hiring STARs from Stellarworx and other hiring platforms, or partnering on your own workforce efforts, together we can help every STAR shine. 

  • Support the Campaign

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    Are you a leader in your field? Is your leadership team ready to commit to STARs through investment or actions? Join leaders like LinkedIn, IBM, Gap and more than 50 other corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit partners who are creating a more equitable future of work, while building more resilient talent pipelines. 

  • Join Stellarworx

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    Are you a company ready to hire STARs or a talent developer seeking to connect STARs with job opportunities? Stellarworx is a “one-stop shop” talent marketplace that helps employers hire STARs, while helping STARs find higher-wage jobs. 

  • Partner for STARs

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    Are you a workforce organization advocating for STARs? A researcher seeking to study opportunities and barriers facing STARs? Or do you have a product or service that can help tear the paper ceiling for STARs? Partners like you working together can create a future where every star can shine brighter. 

  • If you’re interested in partnering to tear the paper ceiling, get in touch by completing the form below. 

Ready to Tear?

By making the pledge to support the STARs campaign, your organization joins the STARs Collective, a group of organizations working to launch and advance the STARs movement. Gain positive exposure, help spread the word, and be directly involved in rewiring the modern workforce.