Innovate+Educate and PAIRIN Announce Partnership to Create Meaningful Work Opportunities for Underserved Populations

Today at the Close It Summit, Innovate+Educate (I+E) and PAIRIN announced a new partnership to advance the future of workforce development in the western United States. This partnership will utilize PAIRIN’s assessment data, personalized curriculum and soft skills job profiles in tandem with I+E’s career mapping to help individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds identify job opportunities and develop the skills they need to be successful in those roles. The organizations chose the western states as a launching pad for this partnership in an effort to deeply impact the environments right in their own backyards.

“We are pleased and honored to be partnering with Innovate+Educate on this grand initiative, which seeks to initially place over 1,000 individuals in meaningful careers,” said Michael Simpson, CEO of PAIRIN. “Our hiring and development tools are used by employers and workforce programs of all sizes, from large defense contractors to school districts to local workforce coaching programs. We help them customize their professional development based on individual job roles and company cultures and are looking forward to utilizing these tools to support the career growth and placement of our neighbors and friends in the west,” added Michael.

“We have known PAIRIN for over five years, and we are pleased to finally have an official partnership to move forward with. More importantly, we are excited to offer these joint resources in priority States to include Colorado, New Mexico and Texas initially,” said Jamai Blivin, CEO of I+E. “This provides us an opportunity to reach more learners through our mutual networks.”

I+E and PAIRIN announced this partnership at the 2018 Close It Summit, an annual gathering of thoughtful, innovative leaders who come together to explore the skills of the future and embark on actions to achieve a more equitable work + learn future.


PAIRIN is a social enterprise software company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable. The PAIRIN Readiness Management System™ is the world’s first competency-based talent ecosystem that personalizes career exploration, job matching and professional development. Recognized as the 2017 Denver Chamber of Commerce Start-Up of the Year, the 2017 Colorado Technology Association APEX Emerging Tech Company of the Year award, and 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch winner, PAIRIN continues to lead the skills-based talent pipeline evolution for education and industry. Find out more at

About Innovate+Educate

Innovate+Educate is a national nonprofit whose mission is to create new employment pathways for workers based on skills and competencies. I+E has developed model strategies to strengthen the workforce by “filtering in” populations that have traditionally been overlooked by traditional hiring methods. The organization serves as a critical integrator between demand and supply.