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The Center for Talent Innovation is a thought leader in the talent management space, driving ground-breaking research to help reshape the way businesses think about and manage their human capital. The research uncovers the challenges of and opportunities for today's global talent pool - spanning across the divides of generation, gender, geography and culture. Below is a list of forthcoming projects from CTI and the Task Force for Talent Innovation. Please contact if your organization is interested in getting involved in any of the below projects.

    Target Publication Date


Race at Work

Publication Target: June 2017

CTI proposes to map how race at work impacts the engagement and retention of people of color, particularly black Americans; whether a lack of communication both between and among management and employees affects trust, commitment, and team dynamics; and whether a failure to speak out against discrimination outside the workplace undermines business success on talent, consumer, and innovation fronts
Sponsors to date: BP, Crowell & Moring, Ernst & Young LLP, Interpublic Group, Johnson & Johnson, New York Life, PwC

Disrupting Bias, Uncovering Value

Publication Target: July 2017

With this report, CTI aims to move Unconscious Bias programs beyond awareness-raising, and to understand and develop tools to counter unconscious bias at those moments when it creates the largest obstacles to selecting the best talent, ideas, and market opportunities.
Sponsors to date: AB, Bank of America, Bloomberg LP, BP, Cardinal Health, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young LLP, Freddie Mac, GlaxoSmithKline, Interpublic Group, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Ogilvy & Mather, Sodexo, Swiss Re

Disabilities and Inclusion: Maximizing the Potential of the Largest Minority

Publication Target: October 2017

Americans with disabilities comprise the largest minority in the US and a talent pool that is nearly twenty million strong. CTI intends to help companies solve for the challenges and make the most of this talent cohort by developing a better understanding of employees with disabilities: their issues, but also the unique insights they bring as members of the team and the inclusive behaviors they may bring as leaders.
Sponsors to date: Accenture, Aetna, Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Lime Connect, McKesson, Prudential, PwC, Unilever, USBLN, Wells Fargo

Survival Guide for Women in STEM

Pub. Target: Spring 2018

We propose a study that arms both qualified women and STEM employers with what they need to know to succeed together. Our research will paint, for employers, a detailed guide for engaging, retaining, and promoting women in tech—in short, how to inspire them to tough it out with an evolving culture. Our study will also produce an evidence-based guide for women: how to navigate macho cultures; how to cultivate sponsors and deploy protectors; how to project credibility; and how to develop leadership that is as authentic as it is effective.
Sponsors to date: Bank of America, GE Foundation, Genpact, Intel Corporation

Power Up Your Posse

Who's delivering for you? Who has your back? Who's burnishing your brand? Who's contributing like crazy to what you can get done in this world? This is the other side of the sponsorship story. The fact is if you want to go fast you can go it alone, but if you want to go far you need a posse. This research will build on our five-study investigation of sponsorship (including Vaulting the Color Bar and Sponsor Effect 2.0) to explore in greater depth how and why to become a great sponsor.
Sponsors to date: American Express, Bank of America, Freddie Mac

Faith at Work

Publication Target: Sept. 2018

Faith and race (or ethnicity) are often conflated, whether wrongly or rightly—and this is both a point of pain and a point of opportunity in the workplace. Stereotypes around religion can further pigeonhole and limit women and employees of color in the workplace. Greater inclusion of faith traditions could open doors for those same employees, allowing them to bring their full identities to work.
Sponsors to date: Accenture, Ernst & Young LLP

In Transition: Securing the Safety of Trans* Employees


CTI proposes research focusing on the unique challenges and opportunities confronting trans* employees and their employers in three key markets: the US, the UK, and Germany.
Sponsors to date: Bloomberg

Off-Ramps, On-Ramps and Agile Careers

For ten years CTI has been the go-to research organization in the Off-Ramp/On -Ramp space. We now intend collecting a new tranche of data in the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, and India to both refresh and deepen our work, taking on men as well as women, and tackling the entire career journey.

Pathways to Purpose

Across geography, minorities and millennials seek to align their careers with passion and purpose. Much more so than their white, male bosses, want their jobs to be infused with meaning and mission. This study will unpack what these non-financial rewards look like, and how they hit the bottom line.