The skills gap is a well-known phenomenon: while unemployment remains a stubborn reality, employers across sectors have trouble finding workers with the skills they need to make their businesses prosper. In many ways, the problem is a local one, requiring close public-private partnerships between educational institutions, metropolitan governments and businesses to identify absent skills and include them in worker education and training initiatives. The Atlantic hosted a town hall event where we spoke to municipal officials, educators and business leaders about pathways for urban areas to close the skills gap.
9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
- Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE
- Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
9:08 a.m. Headline Interview
- The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta
- Interviewed By: James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
9:40 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. Presentation: Helping D.C. Help Itself
- Mike Curtin, Chief Executive Officer, DC Central Kitchen
10:05 a.m. Sponsor Content: Brought to you by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Kisha Bird, Interim Director, Youth, CLASP
- Michael Gritton, Executive Director, KentuckianaWorks
- Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
10:20 a.m. Live Attendee Poll
10:25 a.m. Leveling the Playing Field
- The Honorable Betsy Hodges, Mayor, Minneapolis
- The Honorable Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, New York City
- Interviewed By: Sommer Mathis, Editor, CityLab
11:05 a.m. Trends in Manufacturing
- Matthew Burnett, Co-Founder, Maker’s Row
- Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder, Maker’s Row
- The Honorable Nan Whaley, Mayor, Dayton
- Moderated By: James Fallows
11:40 a.m. Employment and Training After High School
- Melody Barnes, Chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
- Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County
- Moderated By: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
12:10 a.m. Closing Remarks
- Bob Cohn, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, The Atlantic
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