Lenovo is doubling global investment to support technology skills for a smarter future

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The Lenovo Foundation has announced the opening of its next round of TransformME Skills Grants, as well as the winners of its first round of grants. To date, Lenovo has committed more than $2 million to organizations around the world focused on equipping today’s workforce with the skills needed to transform their careers, lives and communities. Lenovo Philanthropy invests in skills as part of its goal to deliver transformative impact to 1 million people by 2025. In FY 2021-22, Lenovo Philanthropy provided $21 million to communities around the world as part of their broader empowerment mission of under-resourced populations with access to technology and STEM education.

Organizations interested in applying for support can submit their applications until October 24, 2022. Any organization interested in the global effort to provide access to STEM skills can join a webinar on October 11, featuring the inaugural beneficiaries of the TransformME grant round, as well as Lenovo core partners of the Skills Philanthropy.

Investment in skills is a priority for many technology companies, as candidates with skills in automation, artificial intelligence, web development and data analytics (and more) are in high demand. A recent report by the World Economic Forum suggests that 97 million new jobs could emerge that are adapted to the division of labor between humans, machines and algorithms, creating skills in automation, artificial intelligence, web development and data analysis ( and increasingly in demand These necessary skills are key for emerging technologies to be adopted by companies in various industries, but they are currently in short supply in labor markets.

“We knew we wanted to provide skills support in communities, but it was extremely important to us to work with organizations working to increase the representation of women and diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in technology,” commented Calvin J. Croslin, president of the Lenovo Foundation and chief diversity officer at Lenovo. “A more diverse technology workforce may be as critical to the future of innovation as closing the skills gap, as research continues to find that innovation and problem solving are stronger in diverse teams.”

According to the 2020 Future of Jobs study, the lack of skills in the labor market and the inability to attract specialized talent are the #1 and #2 reasons why businesses struggle to adopt new technologies. Both the technology skills gap and unequal access to opportunities are projected to widen with the continued impact of COVID-19, the digital divide and its impact on the labor market. To bridge this gap and deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo Philanthropy launched the TransformME initiative to create a more inclusive, globally representative and innovative future.

2021 TransformME Recipients

In 2021, the Lenovo Foundation launched its inaugural round of TransformME skills grants and received hundreds of applications from organizations working to build STEM skills in their community. With the help of an employee evaluation committee and the leadership of Lenovo’s global philanthropy team and philanthropy board, Lenovo is honored to support the following finalists as grant recipients.

While the philanthropic organization maintains its broader mission of empowering underrepresented populations with access to technology and STEM education, it has taken on a specific transformation goal to focus on partnerships that offer deeper impact on the current elderly population.

“We continue to invest in STEM education, but the reality is that the STEM talent shortage is happening now. An opportunity this large requires investment across the talent pool, and we’re excited to support adults who are ready to transform their careers today,” commented Croslin.

The Lenovo Foundation invests in STEM skills through established partnerships with organizations such as Laboratoria, Migracode, TNS India Foundation and Waffle Foundation, Japan. You can keep up with giving opportunities and learn more about the Lenovo Foundation and its partners at LenovoFoundation.com.

Learn more and apply for a TransformME grant.

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