First-Gen Talent is a study on First-Generation Professionals (FGP), or white-collar professionals who come from working-class backgrounds. Phase 1 focused on understanding the experience of FGPs in the workplace. Phase 2 will focus on the career mobility of FGPs. In both phases, FGPs and non-FGPs participate in order to generate comparative data.
Bernice wondered if other first-generation professionals had similar experiences. After realizing that almost no studies had been completed on the topic, she decided to take on the research herself, and FirstGenTalent was created.
Phase 2 is currently under development, and will also take a mixed-methods approach.
All research participants will receive a detailed summary of the findings. We anticipate that individuals will find this useful for their own career progression, and leaders will find it helpful for business performance. It will be applicable both to diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and to leadership and high-performance employee programs. A summary of the findings will also be made public at FirstGenTalent.org.
Bernice grew up in a working-class family in Southern California. Though her parents had very limited education and her mother was illiterate and unable to speak English, she went on to earn an MBA and is now a strategy consultant and advisor. Through her lived experience as an FGP, she brings intimate knowledge and expertise to provide diverse talent with the tools they need to succeed. Incorporating her background in human resources and change management, she develops practical solutions for organizations to build more engaged and effective workplaces through her consulting practice, Bernice Maldonado.com.
Martha is a social scientist who specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mixed-methods research. She holds a Master of Science in intersectional gender studies from a top university in Europe and has designed and led diversity research projects in many industries, including technology, startup, nonprofit, action sports, and event operations. She also holds a business operations background and helps organizations “translate” their good intentions into reality through the application of DEI techniques into day-to-day operations through her business, Martha Burwell Consulting.
We’ll be launching phase two of our study, which will focus on career development. We’re seeking individuals and organizations who would like to participate in this second phase. Will you join us?