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

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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. 


  • Drew Greenblatt, president, Marlin Steel
  • David Owen, primary care medical director, South Jordan Health Center
  • Kelly Wolske, senior trainer, Zappos Insights

Moderated by:

  • Steven Pearlstein, columnist, The Washington Post 

This event is part of the Working in America series.

How investing in front-line workers can create better workplaces and stronger results for shareholders and customers.

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