Our Mission

SidexSide exists to build a bridge between underemployed talent and local employers.

Participants in the SidexSide program (referred by local nonprofit agencies and paid for their full-time participation to remove the barrier of access) spend nine weeks receiving intensive power skills training from ten plus local and national curriculum partners; during this time, each participant is embedded in one of our local employer partners for a curated “earn & learn” dynamic, allowing them to put elevated skills to real world practice while the employer can assess these skills and the possibility of a long-term fit.

On the other side of the program, career pathways are opened up for participants and a new labor force is trained and ready for employer partners. This is mutuality in action!

SideXSide History

Started in January 2023 with the support of local community champions, the SidexSide team built an organization, ideated a program, mapped out a curriculum, recruited a class, and formalized twenty-one partnerships in twelve short weeks to launch our beta class in April 2023. Through the trials and challenges that come with any startup, we learned a lot and witnessed more transformation than we could have imagined. We’re building something special. The best is yet to come!

SidexSide Team

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Jessica Davis

Operations Coordinator

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Liz Honeyman

Administrative Assistant

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Chad Jordan

Chief Executive Officer

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Ricardo Lara

Community Liaison

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Sally Morado

Career Navigator

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Matt Tecmire

Employer Liaison

Board Members

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Kim Bandy

CEO, The Spero Project

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Ginny Bass Carl

Executive Director, Community Cares Partners | CEO, Giving Well LLC

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Chris Fleming

President & Partner REHCO, LLC and Midtown Renaissance

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Teresa Rose

Executive Director, Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

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