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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