Bill Rudin

Chairman of ABNY & Vice Chair and CEO of Rudin Management Company

Ladders for Leaders Partner & Employer

Last year, Rudin Management Company placed eight interns, both at their company and with a number of their nonprofit grantees.

The key thing for people to understand is that internship is not a one-way street,” Rudin explains. “We are teaching these kids and offering exposure to the world of work, whether it be at a for-profit or non-profit. But, we can also learn from them and the way they view the world. These young adults are the next generation of workforce, with computer skills, social media skills, and a life perspective that is different than ours. If employers are looking at it as purely philanthropic, they are missing an opportunity.”

On a cold winter day in early 1971, Lew Rudin sat down at the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue with many other passionate New Yorkers for what is now famously known as “the original power breakfast.”

At his side, was the dynamic and civic-minded hotelier Robert Tisch. The two were anguished over the dire straits the city had succumbed to, so they hatched a plan. They galvanized a group of more than 125 executives from a broad range of sectors to find the answers that would help get their city back on its feet as well as discover ways in which they could combine efforts and resources to create a brighter future for the City of New York.

That meeting gave birth to the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), which focuses on issues that make New York City a better place to live, work, and visit.

Today, Bill Rudin has taken the helm from his father as Chairman of ABNY, as well as the Vice Chair and CEO of the family real estate business, Rudin Management Company.  He, too, continues the legacy of social and corporate responsibility: “We understand the value of working together with a City program like Ladders for Leaders to help achieve a common goal: to help improve skilled labor, promote job growth from New York’s own talent pool, and maintain the city’s economic competitiveness. Ladders for Leaders meets workforce demands in a smarter way – by linking the demands of our economy and the skills for our workforce.”

In the U.S., there are nearly 5.6 million unfilled quality jobs. New York City is at a moment where a historic number of companies want to grow in the city and talent wants to stay here. This need to match top, local talent with growing NYC companies has prompted Rudin Management Company to leverage Ladders for Leaders, a program of the Department of Youth and Community Development and Center for Youth Employment, connecting NYC businesses of all sizes to local, high-achieving high school and college students.

Ladders interns are composed of NYC’s best and brightest students, with at least a 3.0 grade point average and work experience. Candidates are selected after a rigorous application process, receive up to 30 hours of pre-employment training and are guaranteed a minimum of 25 hours of work for at least six weeks during the summer.

Last year, Rudin Management Company placed eight interns, both at their company and with a number of their nonprofit grantees.

“The key thing for people to understand is that internship is not a one-way street,” Rudin explains. “We are teaching these kids and offering exposure to the world of work, whether it be at a for-profit or non-profit. But, we can also learn from them and the way they view the world. These young adults are the next generation of workforce, with computer skills, social media skills, and a life perspective that is different than ours. If employers are looking at it as purely philanthropic, they are missing an opportunity. The Ladders for Leaders program offers structure, screening, training, ongoing staff support, and the city is focused on providing a high-quality service. So, through the program, you are getting extremely qualified interns.”

Ladders for Leaders will accept employer applications into late May of this year and has more than 8,000 students already applied.

“The feedback we’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly positive,” Rudin says. “If you need talent this summer, I would highly recommend you fill out an application.”