Shelton Banks | Profile
CEO @ Re:Work Training
I did not attend college
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Shelton Banks is CEO of re:work training, a Chicago-based non-profit that is reshaping hiring trends for the city’s underrepresented communities, starting with tech.
An entrepreneurial, BizDev expert known for his strong performance at high growth tech companies, Shelton joined re:work in July of 2018 to drive the organization’s vision of solving three major problems: the growing wealth gap between Chicago’s South and West Sides and the rest of the city, the tech industry’s staggering lack of Black and Latinx professionals, as well as the way companies have historically thought about hiring candidates who may not check all the typical boxes.
Knowing what it takes to succeed in tech with a nontraditional background, Shelton is driving major organizational improvements and using his past experience at top-tier companies like Groupon and Sprout Social to build the bridge between Chicago’s tech community and the community he grew up in.
Under his direction, re:work candidates on average jump from making around $19,000 to $55,000/year base salary with full benefits - not including commission and bonuses - and the nonprofit has helped create $3M and counting in earned income that empowers not only alumni, but their families and neighborhoods as well.
His efforts have been recognized by major local news outlets, like Fox News Chicago, WGN News Radio, Money Matters with Adam Torres, and tastytrade’s Bootstrapping in America.