At Salesforce, Robbins leads the company’s efforts to attract, develop and retain the best talent. She is one of the pioneers of Salesforce’s equal pay efforts, which has resulted in the company spending $8.7 million to date to address any unexplained differences in pay.

“Cindy’s tremendous experience and leadership in talent management will allow Year Up to connect more young adults in need of an opportunity with companies in need of their skills,” said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO. “We’re excited to partner with Cindy and ensure that our curriculum continues to reflect current labor market demands as we expand into new markets and cities.”

As a Year Up National Board Member, Robbins will be responsible for supporting Year Up’s mission to close the Opportunity Divide, including overseeing Year Up’s Human Capital strategy. Year Up provides six months of free in-demand technical and professional job training to young adults (ages 18-24, without college degrees) followed by a six-month internship at a top company. Salesforce was a founding partner of Year Up in 2008. To date, they’ve hosted nearly 400 Year Up interns and hired more than 50 percent of them.

“The skills required for most jobs are evolving rapidly to keep pace with the advancement of technology, and as a result, there is a growing need for reskilling and training,” said Cindy Robbins, Salesforce President and Chief People Officer. “Year Up has done a tremendous job of developing thousands of young adults and helping them find meaningful careers, including here at Salesforce. I’m thrilled to join the National Board of Directors to help them continue their important mission.”

During her tenure at Salesforce, Robbins scaled the organization’s unique culture to help the company earn top rankings in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Indeed’s Best Places to Work in Technology, LinkedIn’s Top Companies and Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards. Named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Latinas in Business in 2018, Robbins is also an advocate for the Latinx community.

Robbins has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. Previously, Robbins held other leadership roles at Salesforce within Employee Success, where she oversaw recruiting and many global business partners. Prior to joining Salesforce in 2006, she held positions at major technology companies including BEA, OpenWave, Plumtree Software and Excite@Home. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University.

Founded in Boston in 2000, Year Up now serves more than 4,500 young adults every year, connecting them with meaningful wage careers in business and IT at hundreds of top companies across the country. A recent federally-sponsored evaluation of Year Up showed a 53% increase in initial earnings for young adults randomly assigned to Year Up compared with similar young adults in a control group—the largest impacts on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, Year Up utilizes a high-support, high-expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 across 21 U.S. cities in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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