Uses virtual reality to provide a safe environment for training essential workplace skills and practicing difficult conversations.
Mursion offers VR-based training opportunities so employees of all levels can practice human skills, such as empathy, adaptability, and resilience. The company's tools have also been used by health care professionals to practice competencies such as improved clinical reasoning and enhanced bedside manner. The company worked in partnership with a major provider of pharmacy, outpatient telepsychiatry, and medication-management services as well as Tennessee’s statewide Medicaid program in order to create immersive simulation trainings for customer medication coordinators and home health care workers. Its virtuality reality scenarios are at the technological forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. This year, the Department of Defense awarded Mursion a $6.7 million contract to create VR-enhanced trainings for students with autism and their teachers.
Quality Works Consulting Group
Advises clients on software design and strategic team building.
QualityWorks is a team of social impact developers who leverage technical talent to support changemakers and non-profits. This year, the company launched a free software testing bootcamp targeting professionals who lost their jobs because of Covid-19 and also talent from underrepresened communities to help them match their technical skills to high-paying, high-demand software testing jobs. Qualityworks also worked on SharedHarvest's myCovidMd, a free online telehealth portal that connects residents to medical professionals and resources, and collaborated with the myCovidMD team on a platform that allowed myCovidMD to manage students who wanted to volunteer to support largescale COVID-19 testing initiatives in exchange for a reduction in their student loans.
McKissack and McKissack
Provides professional design and construction services.
One of the oldest Black woman-owned architecture, engineering, and construction management firms in the U.S., McKissack & McKissack collectively controls more than $15 billion in projects nationwide. Run by Deryl McKissack, the firm has built or done preservation work for some of the most visible landmarks in Washington, D.C., including the MLK Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and Nationals Park. This year, McKissack introduced a seven-step plan to confront racism in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.
Builds 3-D-printed homes using a proprietary concrete.
ICON's 3-D-printing technology allows for the construction of homes at a price significantly below conventional approaches--facilitating large-scale, new build housing solutions for communities in need. In March, ICON completed the first 3-D-printed homes for the unhoused at Community First! Village in Austin, in partnership with homeless outreach nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The project will eventually be home to 480 formerly homeless individuals. The company is also building 50 homes in Tabasco, Mexico, for local families living in extreme poverty.
Distributor and installer of commercial glazing, windows, and doors.
Recently, Double O relocated its office to the most economically challenged area in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the goal of creating local jobs and revitalizing the neighborhood through various construction initiatives. The company partners with nonprofit organizations, including Bethany Christian Services, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, and Habitat for Humanity, in order to improve local housing quality. After first halting operations early in the pandemic, Double O got back to work, helping businesses deemed essential. As of early May, all of the company’s 34 employees were rehired, plus several new staffers.