Our Mission

We believe in the power of work.

And so we are dedicated to addressing the skills gap in America through work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers. Our ambition is to increase the talent pool, make the future work for everyone including youth, women, mature workers and underserved populations. Our focus is on programs that provide learning opportunities and career progression. We are passionate about the role of education in closing the skills gap; training and apprenticeship programs are key components of delivering on our mission. The Foundation has invested in upskilling and reskilling online training programs with Penn Foster and SkillBuilder and has established Department of Labor registered apprenticeships.

We believe in work equality.

We are a thought leader in the conversation about work equality in America. We support organizations and participate in programs that advocate and champion work equality, including Paradigm for Parity© and the Generation W conference. We are catalysts for change and champions of a diverse and engaged workforce where the talents and contributions of all are valued and recognized.

We believe in giving back.

The Adecco Group US Foundation supports national causes and charities that impact and improve the lives of American workers with a focus on skills education. We are not a grant giving foundation, but rather we dedicate our resources to make investments in our communities that help to make the future work for everyone. National charities that we support include: Dress for Success, The National Urban League, and Girls Who Code.

Our Team

Joyce Russell

President

As President of the Adecco Group US Foundation, Joyce is committed to making the future work for everyone. Joyce has firmly established her reputation and passion for working with people and providing new opportunities for both employees and companies. She constantly strives for growth both personally and professionally, while remaining focused on work-related programs, partnerships and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers.


Joyce joined the Adecco Group in 1987 as a Branch Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her impressive career spans more than 30 years. She has held numerous roles through all levels of the organization while leading talented teams that consistently delivered outstanding performance results through sales, service, operations and financial management. From 2004-2018, she served as the President of Adecco Staffing U.S., leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America, with more than 450 branch locations, approximately 1,800 colleagues and a diverse portfolio of clients.


Joyce’s inspiration comes from the people she works with, as well as her relentless drive and dedication; she was named one of “The 10 Most Intriguing People in Staffing” by Staffing Industry Review Magazine. She is a panelist and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summits. Additionally, Joyce is on the Board of Directors of the American Staffing Association, a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, a member of C200, International Women’s Forum, and Women Corporate Directors. Joyce holds a degree in business and communications from Baylor University. In addition to her business accomplishments, Joyce is known as “the quintessential people person” and for always “putting a cherry on top.”

Quincie Rivers

Vice President, Workforce Strategies & Employment Solutions

Quincie Rivers has more than 25 years of experience in the staffing industry – more than 17 of those years have been spent in key sales, operations and leadership roles with Adecco. Prior to her current role, she was National Account Director, responsible for managing several of Adecco’s top 25 national accounts. Quincie was charged with aligning her clients’ needs with Adecco’s delivery models; identifying best practices and implementing them to the field offices, onsite locations, fulfillment and servicing teams.


As Vice President, Workforce Strategies & Employment Solutions, Quincie influences, creates, and implements workforce strategies in partnership with business leaders, state and federal government agencies, non-profits, and a variety of educational institutions, creating an eco-system that leads to better and sustainable workforce solutions for now and the future. Quincie is leading the Adecco Group’s mission to facilitate 10,000 work-based learning opportunities in the US—with an emphasis on apprenticeships—by 2020.


Additionally, Quincie also serves on Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API), launched under the US Department of Labor to build momentum and expand apprenticeships in the U.S. The API initiative seeks to scale both apprenticeship and industry-recognized models across all sectors of businesses in the U.S.


Quincie prides herself on being consultative and relationship-oriented, enabling her to gain key knowledge about her clients’ specific needs and provide real business value through thought leadership. Keeping a pulse on market and business trends, Quincie recognizes how movements like the emerging gig economy and advancements in technology and artificial intelligence are shaping the future of work. Quincie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and is currently based out of Washington, DC and is very involved in her community.

Sonji Farrell

Support Manager

Sonji has over 25 years of experience in administrative, operational and office management capacities with a proven track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments. Having held administrative roles in the legal, IT, healthcare and telecommunications industries for senior management, she has extensive experience working with senior executives and their teams. She serves as the Support Manager for the Adecco Group US Foundation.


Sonji’s experience includes serving as a mentor, trainer and supervisor to junior-level support staff, including executive assistants. She is passionate about and adept at coordinating the efforts of diverse teams to effectively run an executive office, as well as training staff on internal processes and systems.


As the Foundation’s Support Manager, Sonji manages the Foundation office and supports the management team. She is a self-starter, ready to take the lead on projects and see them through to completion. She is known for her people skills, motivation and ability to solve problems.


Sonji was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in a military family. She served in the US Air Force as a Staff Sargent and lived for several years in Madrid, Spain and Aviano, Italy. She started her administrative career with the US Secret Service assigned to Presidential Protection Division in Washington, DC. Sonji attended Strayer University and Colorado State University, where she earned an Associates in Business Administration.