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Employment and Jobs

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

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About the Event

A good job is the most important factor in helping people escape poverty. How do some employers create consistently high-quality jobs for even front-line employees, while their competitors offer only middling pay and poor employee satisfaction? This event highlights how companies can invest in their front-line workers to create a better workplace and strong results for customers and shareholders.

The event features three companies from the Hitachi Foundation’s Pioneer Employers Initiative, which focuses on the business case for investing in front-line workers. This initiative has identified nearly 100 companies that are securing a sustainable competitive advantage through increased productivity, revenues from new market segments, and improved quality of product or service by creating genuine opportunities for employees to thrive in the workplace and move up the economic ladder.


Featured speakers

Drew Greenblatt
President, Marlin Steel

David Owen
Primary care medical director, South Jordan Health Center

Kelly Wolske
Senior trainer, Zappos Insights



Steven Pearlstein
Columnist, The Washington Post 


This event is part of the Working in America series, an ongoing discussion series hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program that highlights an array of critical issues affecting low- and moderate-income workers in the United States and ideas for improving and expanding economic opportunities for working people. For more information, visit




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Event information
Fri Oct 24, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm GMT+0000
Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC, United States