About Working Metrics
Great Jobs Drive Exceptional Results
Working Metrics is the work force analytics company. We make it easy for companies to measure, benchmark, analyze and score their job quality performance in comparison to their industry and regional peers, enabling them to improve company performance, drive more business, and attract talent. Public and private procurement organizations, investors and lenders can assess the job quality of prospective and current business partners to predict vendor reliability, investment growth and credit worthiness. Working Metrics is working with many businesses, government agencies and non-profits, including The Aspen Institute, which has partnered with Working Metrics to power its Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative.
Larry Schlang, Founder & CEO
As an executive of multiple technology companies, Larry has learned first hand that “our people are our most important asset." But it’s been difficult for companies to quantify and assess their job quality. Working Metrics has partnered with The Aspen Institute to create a data-driven way for companies to measure, benchmark and score job quality and to securely share it with their key customers, investors and prospective hires.
Prior to WM, Larry founded Bantu, Inc. one of the first providers of secure instant messaging for businesses. Its software connected US Air Force, Army and Navy personnel, for which Larry won a FED 100 Award. Before that, Larry was President of IntraACTIVE, Inc., an early leader in the Web collaboration market, IntraACTIVE was acquired by Mail.com in 2000. Before joining IntraACTIVE, Larry served as Vice President and General Counsel for National Strategies Inc., a telecommunications consulting firm, and as an attorney at the firm of Shea & Gould. Larry has served on the boards of the Edmund Burke School and the No Rules Theater Company.
Lara Langley, Vice-President
Lara is responsible for Working Metric’s overall financial strategy and administrative functions. Lara has over 25 years of experience in corporate accounting, budget administration, strategic planning, human resource management and government contracting, working for both private and public companies.
Prior to Working Metrics, Lara was the VP of Finance and Administration for Bantu, Inc. She was a member of the management team responsible for developing the company’s business and strategic plans. In her 15 years at Bantu she managed all financial, administrative and human resources operations. Prior to Bantu, Lara held accounting and consulting positions in various industries. Lara is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also holds a CPA certificate from the State of Illinois.
Patrick Gross, Advisor
Patrick Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm. Through The Lovell Group, he is advising half a dozen private technology and internet commerce firms. Previously, he spent three decades with American Management Systems, Inc. He founded AMS in 1970 with four colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and built it to a $ 1 billion company with 7,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe. He is currently a director of four public companies: Capital One Financial Corporation, Career Education Corporation, Liquidity Services, Inc., and Mobius Management Systems, Inc. He is also a director of several private companies including Sarnoff Corporation and Development Alternatives, Inc. His other leadership positions include Trustee and Chairman of the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development, Vice Chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Technology Leadership Consortium, and cofounder and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. He is and has been a director/trustee/board officer of several educational institutions, hospitals/health care organizations, and economics and public policy organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Economic Club of Washington.
Charles Gold, Advisor
Charles brings more than 20 years of in-the-trenches experience marketing, product management, and business development leadership experience in high growth cybersecurity, SaaS, and infrastructure software companies. Charles has been instrumental in developing and executing growth strategies at category leaders like Virtru, Sonatype, and Progress Software, Red Hat, and others.
Beyond his full-time executive roles, Charles is deeply involved in the DC startup community. He is a frequent speaker, coach, and advisor to entrepreneurs and CEOs on corporate, product, and go-to-market strategy.
Benjamin Cerf, Advisor
Benjamin Cerf is a research economist and the founder of Black Sheep Analytics, which provides clients with support in survey design, data infrastructure development, data visualization, and statistical analysis. Ben's scholarly research focuses on the economic experiences of marginalized populations such as anti-poverty program participants, LGBT individuals, and minorities working in STEM fields. He regularly presents his work at premier economics conferences, and his work has been written about in the New York Times. Ben is a regional research affiliate of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the the University of Washington. He earned a PhD in economics from Simon Fraser University, and MA in economics from the University of Montana, and BAs in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Montana.
The Aspen Institute has partnered with Working Metrics to launch a cloud platform to measure, score, and benchmark the job quality for employers, procurement departments, investors, and communities. Working Metrics has combined its technology vision with Aspen’s expertise in the global labor market to unlock workforce analytics to improve results for businesses, their employees and local communities, to show that great jobs drive exceptional results.
“Quality jobs are one of the surest ways to create economic opportunity and financial stability for families and are good for businesses’ bottom lines. “This software tool will reward businesses that are doing good and create an incentive for job quality.” Maureen Conway, Vice President of Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Economic Opportunities Program.
“Partners for a Competitive Workforce believes that Good Jobs is the key to driving economic stability for both businesses and people. The Business Scorecard tool from Working Metrics is a vital resource in helping us determine the factors that contribute to creating those jobs.” Mardia Shands, Executive Director.
October 29, 2018
Aspen Institute Partners with Working Metrics to Launch Platform to Measure Job Quality
New Cloud Service Enables Companies and Their Stakeholders to Improve Business Performance, Make better Decisions, and Attract and Retain Top Talent.
On October 29, The Aspen Institute and Working Metrics today announced the launch of a new cloud platform to measure, score, and benchmark the job quality for employers, procurement departments, investors, and communities.
Job quality, including compensation, benefits, and advancement opportunities, has been shown to improve business results. However; these and other employee metrics have historically been hard to analyze, benchmark, and compare. The Working Metrics Platform, in partnership with Aspen Institute, provides the workforce analytics necessary to drive improved results for employees, companies, and communities.
Working Metrics is the first data analytics platform that provides companies with deep insights into job quality and diversity that help them to improve business decision-making and results. It makes it easy for companies to evaluate compensation, benefits and workforce inclusion trends, benchmark company metrics against their industry and regional peers, drill down into various employee cohort analytics, and share their results with authorized business partners securely. The cloud-based service also generates periodic scorecards that rate a company’s “people performance” in comparison to their sector and local peers, and suggests actions to improve its score.
Firms, such as lenders, investors and public or private procurement organizations, that evaluate businesses for loans, investments, or contracts, use the platform to assess employee longevity and engagement, and to help select the business partners with the greatest likelihood of long-term reliability.
“Quality jobs are one of the surest ways to create economic opportunity and financial stability for families and are good for businesses’ bottom lines,” said Maureen Conway, Vice President of Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Economic Opportunities Program. “This software tool will reward businesses that are doing good and create an incentive for job quality.”
“This partnership is the first of its kind for the Aspen Institute and creates a new opportunity to harness the force of business to expand economic opportunity,” said Mark Popovich, Director of the Good Companies Good Jobs Initiative. “With a way to measure people outcomes, the leaders who decide where capital and contracts go will be able to consider that information in their evaluations and drive better business practices.”
“We’re proud to work with the Aspen Institute, a leader in working with business to improve results and workforce opportunities,” said Larry Schlang, Founder and CEO of Working Metrics. “We’ve combined our technology vision with Aspen’s expertise in the global labor market to unlock workforce analytics to improve results for businesses, their employees and local communities, to show that great jobs drive exceptional results.” To learn more, go to www.workingmetrics.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.