October 24, 2019


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Association for Supply Chain Management Foundation (ASCM) today announced the launch of a partnership to develop the next generation of the Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative, TPM Next. At Talent Forward 2019, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s premiere national workforce conference, leaders of both organizations shared plans to expand the workforce initiative and formalize a network of talent supply chain managers around the world.

"At ASCM we believe there is unlimited potential for supply chains to shape the world in which we live,” said ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. "We are excited to partner with the U.S. Chamber Foundation to tackle crucial education and workforce issues by combining the wisdom and experience of both of our organizations.”

With the launch of TPM Next, the Chamber Foundation will develop an online version of its in-person TPM Academy®, creating a more flexible and accessible platform for a global audience of employers to identify their talent needs and create education and training solutions for them.

TPM is an employer-led workforce initiative to close the skills gap by using best practices from supply chain management to build partnerships between the business and education systems. This approach results in the development of demand-driven career pathways for students and workers. TPM positions employers as the end-customers of education and training systems. A custom curriculum taught at the TPM Academy, with the support of expert faculty, resources, and data visualization tools round out the full TPM system.

"The biggest challenge for businesses today is that they struggle to find the right talent for the jobs they need to fill,” said Carolyn Cawley, president of the Chamber Foundation. "We have seen the TPM initiative create opportunities for students and workers and change the trajectory of employers’ talent shortages, and our partnership with ASCM will expand this important work.”

Since inception, TPM has been implemented in 29 states and Canada. The initiative has received global interest from other international partners as a proven, demand-driven approach to close the skills gap.

As part of the continued growth of this network, TPM Next includes plans for the development of an endorsement for TPM Academy graduates, consistent with those found in supply chain management.

The Chamber Foundation also recently launched a TPM Fellowship Program. These TPM leaders are strategic partners for the Chamber Foundation, providing guidance on the continued growth of the initiative and the quality of the curriculum, creating new resources, and identifying new practices and audiences for which TPM can be applied.