Selected Client Engagements
LifeSci NYC Internship Program -- The New York City Economic Development Corporation has retained UWS to develop and manage the LifeSci NYC internship program for 2018 and beyond, part of Mayor de Blasio’s $500 million plan to accelerate growth of the life sciences industry and to create 16,000 new, good-paying jobs. The goal of the internship program is to attract and prepare a diverse range of New York City students for careers in the life sciences sector and to ensure that the sector has a wealth of talent to fill the industry demand for good quality jobs. The program will offer both bench research science jobs and management jobs, as the growth of the life sciences sector will create not only science jobs but also thousands of jobs in related fields.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) -- NSBE retained UWS to develop a long-range vision and three-year strategic plan. A key element of the strategic planning process consisted of analyzing what would be necessary for NSBE to achieve the goal of reaching 10,000 African-American engineering graduates every year, from the current 3,600. This work resulted in NSBE’s current “Be 1 of 10,000” campaign.
NYC Department of Education Work Based Learning Resource Center -- UWS worked with the New York City Department of Education to improve the efficacy of DOE's Work-Based Learning Resource Center in serving the needs of high schools and industry partners.
NYC Department of Education Office of Post-Secondary Readiness Internship Programs -- Since 2013, DOE’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness has retained UWS to develop partnerships with businesses and organizations in New York City to serve as partners and hosts for high school internship programs. UWS's work for the Bank of American-sponsored CTE Summer Scholars, the AT&T-sponsored Pathfinders program for Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) schools and the US Department of Labor-funded Youth Career Connect (YCC) program has consistently exceeded targets and generated positive publicity for the programs and program sponsors.
KPMG -- KPMG’s strategy practice retained UWS's Robbins to serve as the digital media expert on a long-term strategy consulting engagement for a major media corporate client to align the board and management on the company’s external environment and opportunities for success, and to develop a strategy to recognize that success.
NuCivic / GovDelivery -- UWS has worked closely with leading SaaS civic-technology firm GovDelivery to develop relationships with and secure business from Fortune 200, Federal government, local government and prominent NGO clients. This work has led to successful business partnerships and generated millions of dollars in revenue.
New York City Economic Development Corporation's "Next Top Makers" -- As the first phase of executing the Next Top Makers program to foster manufacturing in New York City, UWS mapped the “Maker” community in New York City, identified resources currently available to existing and would-be entrepreneurs, surveyed community members to identify areas of opportunity, and convened key stakeholders to identify needs, challenges and opportunities facing New York City’s Maker community. This information gathering and analysis process included research, interviews, site visits, and group dialogue that were used to develop the economic development program and to recruit community leaders to participate in the program. UWS subsequently led sponsorship outreach and community engagement efforts for the economic development program, resulting in sponsorships and partnerships with Microsoft, Autodesk, Maker Faire and other organizations.
Personal Democracy Forum -- The leading conference and media organization focused on the impact of technology on politics, government and society retained UWS to serve as lead producer of the PDF Applied civic hackathon, bringing leaders in NYC’s civic tech community together with government agencies and non-profit organizations to create applications for civic engagement, election participation and advocacy.