Vaco and Fisk University launch workforce education workshops, internship placements

Recruitment efforts aim to keep graduates in the Nashville market; cultivate next generation of minority c-suite executives and outstanding professionals

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March, 31, 2020 – Vaco, a talent and solutions firm that provides consulting, contract and direct hire solutions to more than 40 markets around the globe, has launched a partnership with Fisk University and its Nashville office to help better prepare students as they enter the workforce.

Through the partnership, Vaco will provide educational workshops focusing on resume and interview skills in collaboration with Fisk University’s Center for Career Planning and Development. Additionally, through dedicated recruitment efforts, Vaco seeks to keep Fisk’s graduates in the Nashville area, helping to strengthen the university’s reputation and alumni base locally.

The program’s goals also include increasing minority talent in the greater Nashville community by cultivating a robust pipeline of high-caliber candidates and providing the next generation of minority c-suite executives and outstanding professionals.

The partnership will connect students with opportunities at some of Nashville’s top companies–and Vaco clients. To learn more about it, visit

“We are excited to officially launch our partnership with Fisk University,” said Brian Waller, Vaco’s co-founder and chief strategy officer. “Vaco is committed to fostering stronger relationships with Nashville’s universities and believe our partnership with Fisk will be an integral building block in doing just that.”

While the partnership is new, Vaco has enjoyed a long-standing relationship over the past several years with Fisk through actively recruiting and successfully placing graduates with local companies.

“Vaco’s commitment to Fisk University will help all students excel in workforce development and increase their chances of being recruited by successful Nashville companies,” said Jens Frederiksen, Fisk University’s senior vice president for institutional advancement and enrollment management. “With more successful placements happening in Nashville, we are keeping a highly qualified pipeline of talent in our great city.”

Companies throughout Nashville and the surrounding area are invited to participate in the program by offering internship opportunities starting summer 2020. For more information on being involved, visit:

About Vaco

Vaco provides boutique-level service with global reach in the areas of consulting, consultative project resources, executive search, permanent placement, and strategic staffing. Areas of expertise include c-suite search, accounting, finance, technology, healthcare IT, operations, administration, and international managed services. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, with 1,200 employees, 5,500 consultants, and $750M in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 13 years and was named to Forbes’ 2018 and 2019 lists of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.

About Fisk University  

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence, Fisk is ranked No. 6 on the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. Fisk also ranked No. 1 in the nation among HBCUs for social mobility and No. 3 in the nation for research expenditures among small liberal arts colleges. Fisk university is deeply committed to student leadership, success and service. Fisk excels at preparing our highly motivated student body for elite graduate schools and outstanding careers. From the classroom to the boardroom, a Fisk education gives students the tools to turn their passions into careers and prepares them to make a difference in the world. To learn more about Fisk University, please visit


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