Patty Alper is president of the Alper Portfolio Group, a marketing and consulting company, and is a board member of both the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and US2020, the White House initiative to build mentorship in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. She has also been appointed to the corporate committee for Million Women Mentors. Patty’s 35-year career in business, coupled with two decades of hands-on experience working directly with youth, uniquely qualifies her to understand the growing skills gap from both perspectives: the employers who seek to build a pipeline and hire better-prepared youth for twenty-first century jobs, and the youth who are often ill-equipped or ill-trained to enter the new workforce.
As a highly sought-after speaker and the author of Teach to Work, Patty outlines how Project Based Mentoring® brings together corporate employees, retirees, and businesses as a corps of knowledge practitioners, with the common goal of passing on skills to the next generation. A trustee of the Alper Family Foundation for the last 18 years, Patty’s unique approach to philanthropic giving and entrepreneurial mentorship has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, TIME, and Philanthropy Magazine.