Confronting the
Skills Gap:
Defining the New Nevada

October 19, 2016
Las Vegas

Demographic shifts are redefining the nation in many ways. For Nevada this translates to an education system where the majority of the student body is of minority background. At the same time, the state is addressing a significant skills gap due to technological advances in industry. What actions will position the new Nevada for economic growth in light of these changes? In this Next America forum, The Atlantic gathered policy makers, educators and employers to explore Nevada's agenda on education and workforce development.

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  • Wednesday, October 19
  • 2:00 p.m.Guest Arrival and Networking Reception -
  • 2:30 p.m.WelcomeEmily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:35 p.m.What Will Make a New Nevada Better than the Old Nevada?Representative Dina Titus (D-NV)
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 2:50 p.m.Building the Worker of Tomorrow Brittany Bronson, English Instructor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Op-Ed Writer, New York Times
    Steve Canavero, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nevada State Board of Education
    Yvanna Cancela, Political Director, Culinary Workers Union, Local 226
    Craig Von Collenberg, Director of Apprenticeship Studies, College of Southern Nevada
    Michelle DiTondo, Chief Human Resources Officer, MGM Resorts International
    With Ron Brownstein
  • 3:35 p.m.The High Tech Path to High Wage JobsKarin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College
    Manny Lamarre, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation
    Kristi Overgaard, Executive Vice President of Awesomeness, Switch
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 4:00 p.m.The Next Frontier: The Future of Nevada's Workforce Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
    Sylvia Lazos, Professor of Law, UNLV; Policy Director Educate Nevada Now!; Vice Chair Latino Leaders Council
    Jonas Peterson, President and CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
    With Steve Clemons
  • 4:40 p.m.Closing ThoughtsEmily Akhtarzandi


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