Building Tomorrow's Workforce

October 27, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Jobs heading off-shore. Robots replacing humans. The very nature of work is evolving with new stress points and opportunities changing the employment terrain domestically and globally. Firms and incumbent employees need a better tool kit in order to perform as nimbly as today's economy requires.

In a digital world, the creation of unprecedented tiers of employment and opportunities demands a more nimble, adaptable workforce. Today's skills-to-jobs needs are vastly more diverse and constantly changing than their predecessors. Fortunately, there is a massive public R&D effort underway. The White House and corporate America — not to mention academics and small employers — are proposing innovative training ideas, particularly in the middle skills arena, including a fresh emphasis on apprenticeships. What are these trial efforts demonstrating?  Which workers — and industries — are seeing the most progress? Is the so-called skills gap narrowing? And are American workers better positioned to compete against challenges overseas and from automation?

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8:25 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic, and President, AtlanticLIVE     

8:30 a.m.  Building a Smarter Workforce: Matching Skills with Needs

  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Eric Seleznow, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, United States Department of Labor      
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

9:05 a.m.  Sponsor Content, Presented by CVS Health

  • David L. Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health
  • Anthony Price, Apprentice, CVS Health

9:15 a.m.  Training for Today and Tomorrow: What Works, Fresh Ideas

  • Shawn Bohen, National Director for Strategic Growth and Impact, Year Up
  • Ebun Ogunsusi, Graduate, Year Up
  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

9:40 a.m.  Upskilling America: High Tech and Traditional

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Tyra Mariani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Opportunity@Work
  • Charissa Raynor, Executive Director, Healthcare NW Training Partnership, Service Employees International Union
  • With Steve Clemons

10:20 a.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith


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