Launchpad is a leadership academy at Clayton State University that helps students and faculty adapt to technical, social, and business expectations of the 21st century workforce. Mailchimp is investing $300,000 over 3 years to support dozens of Clayton State students as they grow their careers. Eight student leaders enrolled in the pilot and spent the Fall 2018 semester applying what they’ve learned in their classes to the environment of a quickly growing software company.
Joe Uhl, our VP of Operations, has served as an advisor to the university’s Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department (CIMS) since 2016. The idea for Launchpad was born out of the Regional Leadership Institute, a program organized by the Atlanta Regional Commission that engages leaders around the challenges and opportunities metro-Atlanta faces. Talent comes from everywhere, but metro-Atlanta’s undertapped southside stands in stark contrast to the opportunity-rich communities north of I-20.