Employment and Jobs

Five Years of UpSkill America: What’s Next? – Agenda

Event information
Date
Tue Jan 21, 2020
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Location
The Aspen Institute
2300 N Street NW Suite 700
Washington DC 20037
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The fifth anniversary of UpSkill America is coming up and you’re invited to join this special event where we’ll be looking both back at what we have learned about upskilling the last five years and forward to what the upskilling movement needs to achieve in the years ahead. For a full description of this event, click here.

 

Speakers

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Agenda
12:30 – Opening Remarks

Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program

Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

12:45 – Setting the Stage

Eva Sage-Gavin, Senior Managing Director, Talent & Organization Consulting, Accenture

12:55 – Opening Keynote

Ellie Bertani, Senior Director and Portfolio Owner of Digital Transformation and Reskilling, Walmart US

1:15 – How Large Employers Think about Upskilling

What is driving large employers to invest in new upskilling programs and what types of programs are they investing in? What is working well and what needs to get better? What advice do they have for other companies?

Eva Sage-Gavin, Senior Managing Director, Talent & Organization Consulting, Accenture

Shweta Srivastava, Director of 21st Century Employability, Microsoft

Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO, Futuro Health

Chris Trout, Vice President Learning and Development, The Walt Disney Company

Moderated by Matthew Heimer, Senior Features Editor, Fortune Magazine

2:30 – Break
2:45 – The Value of Local and Regional Initiatives

What can civic and education leaders do to create an ecosystem that encourages employer and education partnerships that lead to upskilling programs? How do they ensure these programs develop a skilled workforce within a community that will serve existing employers and attract new ones?

Daryl Graham, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Strada Education Network

Reg Javier, Deputy Executive Officer, San Bernardino County California

Amanda Winters, Amanda Winters, Program Director, Economic Opportunity, Center for Best Practices, National Governors Association

Moderated by Lauren Weber, The Wall Street Journal

3:45 – Success Stories: Graduates Share Their Stories

Upskilling program graduates from across the country and industries will share their personal experiences, how their program helped them, and what advice they would have for other participants and employers who are considering such programs.

Yenis Blanco, Training Manager, McDonald’s

Lisa Gauthier, City Council Member, East Palo Alto, California

Kimberly Vaughn, IT Project Manager, IT Governance, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Moderated by Amanda Newman, Senior Project Manager, The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program

4:30 – Closing Keynote

Introduction by Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program

Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO, Snap-on

5:00 – Conclusion

Jaime Fall, Director, UpSkill America