Economic Opportunities Program

Working in America Series

Watch our most recent event
Reskilling America: Career and Technical Education in the Twenty-First Century
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

In 2013, the Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program launched Working in America, an ongoing discussion series that highlights an array of critical employment and job quality issues affecting low and moderate-income American workers. This series brings to the forefront relevant ideas and policies that can work to improve the economy and jobs. These conversations feature a diverse set of voices and perspectives, including those of high-profile worker advocates, philanthropists, labor leaders, academics, and business leaders.

Working in America builds off of an earlier EOP discussion series, Reinventing Low-Wage Work: Ideas that Can Work for Employees, Employers, and the Economy which explored issues specific to industry sectors that employ large numbers of low-wage workers, including the restaurant, long-term care, retail, residential construction, and domestic work industries. Working in America expands the discussion and explores a broad array of issues and ideas, drawing from the realms of public policy, business practice, philanthropic investment and civic engagement. Through these conversations we hope to move forward innovations that can improve economic opportunity and the future of work in America.

These discussions have helped to build momentum in the national discourse around various critical employment issues facing low and moderate income workers. See some of the opinions and ideas that have been shared through social media.

We are grateful to the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Hitachi Foundation, the F.B. Heron Foundation and the Surdna Foundation for their support of this series.

Explore past events in the series below:

Reskilling America: Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century”

Finding Time: A Book Talk with Heather Boushey”

Can Inclusive Economic Development Build Better Jobs and a Stronger Regional Economy?

Shop ‘til Who Drops? Exploring Retail Jobs this Holiday Season

The 1099 Economy: Exploring a New Social Contract for Employers, Employees, & Society

The Future of the Worker Voice

The Future of Work in the Sharing Economy

Beyond Great Places to Work: The Business Case for Investing in Front-Line Workers

Getting to Work: Improving Public Transportation for America's Workers, Employers and Economies

The Low Cost of Good Jobs

Building Opportunities for Young Adults: A Discussion on Strategies to Support the Newest Generation of Workers

Time to Care: A Discussion on Improving Paid Leave Policies for Workers, Businesses, and Our Economy

Book Talk on The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits

Creating Good Jobs: Lessons Learned from Worker Cooperatives, ESOPs and B Corporations

Experiences of Immigrant Workers: Challenges, Opportunities and the Future of our Economy

Leaning in with Child Care: A Discussion on Childcare Jobs and the Need for Quality, Affordable Care

Raising the Minimum Wage: A Different Approach to the Jobs Problem