Ensuring Financial Sustainability for Academia Serving Blacks and Minorities: Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation Program Trains, Empowers Students

MCLEAN, Va.–()–African-Americans make up only three percent of the information security analysts in the U.S. in a field where jobs are expected to grow 18 percent through 2024, prompting the Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI) to embark on a new project that fosters risk management and cybersecurity training programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). A non-profit, TLI welcomes support from those who recognize the need to introduce training that leads to employment opportunities for minority students and concurrently, empower these institutions to remain financially sustainable.

“These institutions face significant risk to operations when unforeseen financial problems occur, such as declining enrollment, rising operational costs, financial deficits and changes to state or federal funding,” says Bill Oldham, founder and chairman of the Board, TLI. “We are focused on changing this situation, introducing a robust risk management and cybersecurity training program that blends education and paid work experience opportunities for students. We fully expect that this innovative student empowerment program will help HBCUs and MSIs to address the challenges for providing relevant, timely, and market-based training and education in an ever-evolving environment.”

TLI will provide the necessary human resources and tools to establish a risk management framework and achieve the critical knowledge transfer that will enable sustainable risk management and mitigation processes.

“For students, the program enables them to work while going to school, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in their chosen field of study and go on to high-paying jobs,” adds Oldham. “This approach exemplifies our work to create innovative, sustainable, and transformative solutions with strategic partners and thought leaders from industry, academia, government, and the non-profit community.”

We invite every member of our constituency to become a partner or donor: contact the foundation.

About TLI Foundation:

TLI Foundation is a nonprofit foundation focused on driving innovative thinking and action on global issues relating to health, education and economic empowerment. The organization is committed to fostering transformative change and improving the health and well-being outcomes of communities around the world. Visit https://www.thoughtfoundation.org

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