Great Jobs Drive Exceptional Results
Working Metrics, with our partners, is leading the movement to establish job quality metrics and standards. We make it easy for public and private organizations to measure, benchmark, score and analyze their job quality performance in comparison to their industry and regional peers, enabling them to improve company performance, drive more business, and attract high-quality talent.
Procurers, investors, and lenders can assess the job quality of prospective and current suppliers, investments and borrowers as a key indicator of future vendor reliability, investment growth and creditworthiness.
We believe that:
- attracting and growing good jobs is key to creating powerful opportunities for employers, workers and communities, and to building strong economies;
- measuring workforce practices and outcomes can help change the current economic dynamic that suppresses upward mobility for economically disadvantaged workers and expand the number of higher quality jobs;
- there is a rapidly growing movement of people that want to buy from, invest in and work for good employers that provide quality jobs.
You can’t improve what you don’t measure. We build the tools that make us - and companies like yours - catalysts for impact and change.
The Working Metrics platform embodies what we have learned from our partners and users, about the complex workforce factors that create work environments that can improve organizational growth and performance. Our passion for building just, equitable and productive workplaces via data and evidence is what drives us and our technology.
Larry Schlang, Founder & CEO
As an executive of several technology companies Larry has learned firsthand that “our people are our most important asset," but that it’s to quantify and assess the job quality that brings the best people! From this need, Working Metrics was born.
Prior to WM, Larry founded Bantu, Inc. one of the first providers of secure instant messaging connecting 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 acquired by Mail.com in 2000. Prior to 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 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 VP of Finance and Administration for Bantu, Inc., where she helped develop the company’s business and strategic plans and managed all financial, administrative and human resources operations. She has held accounting and consulting positions in various industries. Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and a CPA from the State of Illinois.
Patrick Gross, Advisor
Patrick Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm, advising half a dozen private technology and internet commerce firms. Previously, Patrick spent three decades with American Management Systems, Inc., which he founded in 1970 with four colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and built into a $1B company with 7,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe.
Patrick is currently a director of public and private companies including the Capital One Financial Corporation, the Career Education Corporation, Liquidity Services, Inc., Mobius Management Systems, Inc., the 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 co-founder 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’ experience in marketing, product management, and business development leadership experience in high growth cybersecurity, SaaS, and infrastructure software companies. He 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 founder of Black Sheep Analytics, which supports clients 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 has been featured in the New York Times. Ben is a regional research affiliate of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington. He holds a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University and BAs in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Montana.