What do current employers need in their workforce? The 21st century skills of critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and diversity top the list. SquareUp modules described below blend each of these essential skills with relevant real life case studies and a nonlinear approach to career development.
In this module, learners explore their unique strengths and weaknesses by clarifying personal attributes through self-awareness. The learner creates a resume-ready personal positioning statement and other powerful tools tailored to each individual. Learners focus on clear thinking and effective communication as problem-solving tools to overcome challenges in their post-incarceration lives.
Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business. It’s a way of thinking, daring, and dreaming to try more, build more, and be more. This module clarifies the differences between business management and true entrepreneurship while isolating three core personal attributes of entrepreneurial thinking. Creating short and long-term goals allows the learner to embrace the deep parallels between entrepreneurial thinking and personal development. These sessions provide a foundation for sound reasoning and problem-solving skills, essential to both professional and personal success.
Kristen Daniel is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KnewSkill, a social enterprise that designs soft skills content for businesses and organizations preparing returning citizens and other adult learners with barriers for the 21st-century workplace.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Kristen is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kristen’s skills include business-to-business sales, instructional design, live instruction and project management.
In 2016, Kristen received two invitations to the White House to share her expertise and work with the formerly incarcerated. In 2017, she received the Federal Bureau of Prisons Volunteer of the Year Award for US Penitentiary Atlanta and was one of ten female social entrepreneurs chosen for the 2017 Center for Civic Innovation Women's Fellowship, an investment supported by the Sarah Blakely Foundation.