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SoftBank invests in workers from underrepresented communities

Weeks after SoftBank Group International announced it’s investing $100 million in Miami’s tech companies, the company is now investing in workers.

The organization recently announced a partnership with Correlation One to upskill talent from underrepresented communities in the country, Latin America and Miami.

For the next three years, SoftBank’s AI Academy will prepare 10,000 job seekers with critical technical skills for data science careers through Correlation One’s DS4A / Empowerment. The program will give priority to job seekers who are Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and U.S. military veterans.

IDB Lab will give more than 10 full-ride fellowships to Latin American candidates; Miami-Dade Beacon Council will give four to Miami candidates; and the City of Miami will give 20 to Miami candidates and five to workers in the public sector.

The program offers 13 weeks of data and analytics training. According to the company, participants will “work on real-world case studies that are expected to have a measurable impact on the operational performance of participating companies,” including “projects submitted by SoftBank portfolio companies.” participants will have access to employment opportunities at SoftBank and other organizations in a variety of sectors.

“As Miami grows as a tech hub, it is important that we empower local entrepreneurs and the public sector to leverage the power of AI,” said Francis Suarez, the Mayor of Miami. “We are proud to support the building of a diverse data-fluent community in Miami through our partnership with Correlation One and SoftBank.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.