Crunching the Numbers: An Atlantic Forum on Data Analytics & Tomorrow's Workforce

March 30, 2017
Washington, DC

The number of jobs requiring data science and analytics skills is rising steadily every year, but a lack of college graduates with the knowledge to get them means many aren't being filled. Understanding this shortage and preparing students for jobs in data falls on colleges and universities alongside local governments and the business community.

The Atlantic gathered business and higher education leaders and public officials to examine the way data is changing what employers look for in graduates, how academic institutions structure curricula to respond to emerging skill needs and what these trends mean for the economy of the future.

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  • Marco Annunziata
    Marco Annunziata Chief Economist GE
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Dane Linn
    Dane Linn Vice President Business Roundtable
  • Freeman Hrabowski
    Freeman Hrabowski President University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Randall Kempner
    Randall Kempner Executive Director Aspen Network of Development Engineers
  • Tanya E. Moore
    Tanya E. Moore Director, IBM Career and Skills IBM Corporate Headquarters
  • Eduardo Padrón
    Eduardo Padrón President Miami-Dade College
  • Katherine Rowe
    Katherine Rowe Provost and Dean of Faculty Smith College
  • Tim Ryan*
    Tim Ryan* US Chairman and Senior Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Peter A. Weinberg*
    Peter A. Weinberg* Founding Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners; Chair, Board of Directors, Business-Higher Education Forum


  • Thursday, March 30
  • 8:30 a.m.WelcomeEmily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 8:35 a.m.Skills RequiredMarco Annunziata, Chief Economist, GE
    Dane Linn, Vice President, Business Roundtable
    Tanya E. Moore, Director, IBM Career & Skills, IBM Corporate Headquarters
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:05 a.m.The Art and Science of Teaching DataFreeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami-Dade College
    Katherine Rowe, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Smith College
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 9:50 a.m.Data and the Regional EconomyRandall Kempner, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.Closing ThoughtsEmily Akhtarzandi, AtlanticLIVE


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