The Future of Work

October 5, 2017

The American Dream has long stood for a shot at upward mobility through hard work. But technological advancements, demographic shifts and an ever-changing economic landscape have altered the availability and the definition of work for future generations. Even as policymakers focus on creating jobs, many Americans today feel that the economy has left them behind.

As more traditional jobs are consolidated by trade, technology and automation, many are rethinking work itself. What new training and retraining programs are available for those looking to overcome the skills gap? How will companies attract a diverse and inclusive workforce for the jobs of tomorrow? And what underlying factors are shaping our understanding of work? The Atlantic convened experts and heard from current workers to explore these questions at its second annual Future of Work Summit.

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  • Thursday, October 05
  • 8:40 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 8:45 a.m.Atlanta’s StoryMayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:00 a.m.Redefining EducationGretchen Corbin, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia
    G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President, Georgia Tech
    With Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:25 a.m.Inclusive and VibrantTheia Washington Smith, Executive Director, The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative for the City of Atlanta
    Marti Wolf, Chief Culture Officer, MailChimp
    With Alison Stewart, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:55 a.m.Retooling the WorkforceKevin Nolan, President and CEO, GE Appliances
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.The American Worker Michael Brown, Army Veteran; Research Scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute
    William “Kipp” Glenn, Former Carrier Plant Employee
    Stephanie Klang, Professional Driver, Contract Freighters, Inc.
    Zaria Walker, Assistant Manager, Juma Ventures
    With Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
  • 10:40 a.m.Stretch Break-
  • 11:00 a.m.The Tech PipelineKaran Chopra, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Opportunity@Work
    Beth Cobert, CEO, Skillful
    Mark Orttung, CEO, Nexient
    With Gillian White, The Atlantic
  • 11:30 a.m.The Meaning of Work Michael Bush, CEO, Great Place to Work
    With Alison Stewart, The Atlantic
  • 11:50 a.m.The Jobs of Tomorrow Peter Harrison, CEO, Snagajob
    Jody Greenstone Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, Business Talent Group
    Sree Ramaswamy, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute     
    With Gillian White, The Atlantic
  • 12:20 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE


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