Refoundry Executive Director Tommy Safian co-chairs planning committee meeting at Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School for new business association dedicated to hiring formerly incarcerated people.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:30–8:00 a.m. | Breakfast 8:00–9:30 a.m. | Planning & Discussion 9:30–10:00 a.m. | Networking
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise invites you to participate in the launch of a business association dedicated to hiring formerly incarcerated people (FIPs). The association will develop strategies to identify and pretrain candidates to meet the specific needs of member businesses, as well as provide support and resources to member businesses, including training for HR and managers to best integrate these employees into their workforce. We hope you can join a select group of thought leaders in business, the reentry community, and academics for this inaugural breakfast, where we’ll discuss the association’s objectives, plan on how to best build our operations and infrastructure, and determine the resources we’ll need to achieve our goals. We are spearheading this initiative to provide better opportunities to help reintegrate the 650,000 citizens returning from prison each year. The cost to our economy is staggering: We have 2.2 million people in prison and over 11 million in jails, and it costs more to incarcerate someone for four years than to send them to college. At our city's own facility, Rikers Island, it costs taxpayers $209,00 per bed per year. How can we increase opportunities to recruit from this talented and
statistically loyal employee base?