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Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century - October 15-17, 2014
Preliminary Agenda

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
11:00 a.m. Conference registration opens (until 5:00 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. Welcome and keynote remarks
Robert Barchi, Rutgers University

CED Business Panel: The Role of Business and Industry in U.S. Workforce Policy
Chris Peck, UPS
Mike Wiggins, Southwire
Moderator: Oliver Quinn, formerly, Prudential Insurance
3:15 Break
3:45 General session
New Realities Require New Policies—Setting the Stage and Making the Case for Realizing Transformative Change in U.S. Workforce Policy

This session will discuss the large transformative changes happening in the economy, including the impact of technology, demographics, and social networking, and offer a perspective on how these trends and dynamics are changing work, the labor market, education and workforce institutions, and public policy.

Harry Holzer, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
Marc Morial, National Urban League
Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO
Moderator: Carl Van Horn, Rutgers University
5:30 Networking reception hosted by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with James Hughes, Dean
Thursday, October 16, 2014
8:00 a.m. Networking breakfast
9:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Dennis Lockhart, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
9:30 General session
U.S. Labor Market Policies for American Workers—Changing Times, Changing Roles

This session will discuss why there is a mismatch between today's economy and labor market and current U.S. policies and practices. Participants will offer views on why a mismatch exists and various ways to realign policies with current labor market and economic realities.

Larry Good, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Richard Hobbie, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
Mara Swan, Manpower Group
William J.T. Strahan, Comcast Cable and Philadelphia Works
Moderator: Kathy Krepico, Heldrich Center, Rutgers University
10:45 Break
11:00 Concurrent sessions
These workshops will explore ways in which advances in technology, data analytics, and communication can be used to improve career navigation and job search processes significantly for job seekers, as well as emerging strategies and trends that are looking to transform how individuals are educated and trained.

Session 1

Emerging Trends in Education and Training Programs: Credentials, Competencies, and Curriculum

Vickie Choitz, Center for Law and Social Policy
Maureen Conway, The Aspen Institute
Steve Crawford, George Washington University
Jim Jacobs, Macomb Community College, Michigan

Session 2
Driving Change with Data and Analysis

David Berman, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
William Mabe, Heldrich Center, Rutgers University
Amanda Cage, Chicago Workforce Board
Moderator: Rachel Zinn, National Skills Coalition

Session 3
Strategies for Helping the Long-Term Unemployed Get Back to Work

Emily Allen, AARP Foundation
Joe Carbone, The WorkPlace
Steve Wandner, Urban Institute
Moderator: Genie Cohen, International Association of Jewish Vocational Services
12:15 p.m. Video welcome by Esther George, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
12:20 Lunch with the Policymakers

In a candid conversation, well-respected and influential public leaders at the national, state, and local level will share their insights on the key issues facing U.S. workers, education and training institutions, and local communities, and then offer their views on the policies they are embracing to respond to pressing current labor market issues.

Phil Bredesen, Former Tennessee Governor
Sonny Perdue, Former Georgia Governor
Moderator: Tammy Edwards, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1:45 Concurrent sessions
These workshops will highlight evidence-based and emerging strategies for connecting low-income, disadvantaged populations and the long-term unemployed to the labor market.

Session 4
Emerging Strategies for Helping Disadvantaged Populations Find Work and Make It Pay

Paul Harrington, Drexel University
Elaine Katz, Kessler Foundation
Mala Thakur, National Youth Employment Coalition
Moderator: Edwin Melendez, Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies

Session 5
Aligning Sectors, Employers, and Workforce Development Strategies

Burt Barnow, American University
Kevin Hollenbeck, W.E. Upjohn Institute
Chris King, University of Texas–Austin
Moderator: Robert Giloth, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Session 6
The Federal Legislative Frontier: New Reforms and Emerging Ideas in Employment, Education, and Training

Mary Alice McCarthy, New America Foundation
Ron Painter, National Association of Workforce Boards
Neil Ridley, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
Portia Wu, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Moderator: Martin Simon, National Governors Association
3:15 Break
3:45 Lessons from Abroad

This session will highlight workforce development programs and policies in Europe, including apprenticeships, short-time compensation, Fexicurity (a European Employment Security and Training initiative), and other initiatives. It will bring together industry leaders from European companies that have a U.S. presence. The session will explore what U.S. workforce development policy and practice can learn from abroad.

Kari Hadjivassiliou, Institute for Employment Studies, United Kingdom
Regina Konle-Seidl, Institute for Employment Research, Germany
Sebastian Patta, Volkswagen of Chattanooga
Moderator: Philip Murphy, Former Ambassador to Germany
Friday, October 17, 2014
8:00 a.m. Networking breakfast
8:30 Welcome
Eric Belsky, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs

General session
Building the Foundation for Transformative Change through Data and Research

This session will discuss the research, evaluation, and data landscape in the workforce development field and review evidence about what works (and what does not work).

Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Randall Eberts, W.E. Upjohn Institute
Richard Hendra, MDRC
Moderator: Demetra Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor
9:45 General session
What Is the Future for the American Worker?

In a dynamic and thought-provoking session, well-regarded U.S. political and cultural commentators will share their insights and perspectives on the key issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the American worker and the U.S. education and training system.

John Engler, Business Roundtable
Bob Herbert, Demos
Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union
Moderator: Todd Greene, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
11:00 Break
11:30 Closing keynote address
1:00 p.m. Adjournment