City Makers

City Makers Summit

January 20, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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.

Newseum Knight Broadcast Studio
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Presented by

Atlantic Live



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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