In the last half-century, the meaning of work in America has undergone a significant shift with the emergence of industry-disrupting technologies, the stagnation of wages, and the increasing value of and attention to equality among workers. Forces of all kinds have contributed to the changing nature of the workforce and an American’s conception of work. In this half-day, multiple-panel program, we will examine many issues impacting America’s workforce including new technologies and the role of artificial intelligence, equality in the workplace, work in rural vs. urban areas, fair pay, and job quality. We will explore what it means for different individuals and groups to work in America now and how the future of work will look differently.
Confirmed panelists include:
- Byron Auguste, President and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work;
- John Bailey, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute;
- Jennifer Bradley, founding director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute;
- Maureen Conway, Executive Director, Equal Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute;
- Shawn Escoffery, former Program Director of Strong Local Economies, Surdna Foundation and current Executive Director, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation;
- Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder, B Lab;
- Maria Hinojosa, host, Latino USA, NPR;
- J.D. LaRock, President and CEO, Commonwealth Corporation;
- Carmen Rojas, Co-Founder and CEO, The Workers Lab;
- Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies; and
- Liz Simon, General Counsel and Vice President, External Affairs, General Assembly.
Half-day, multiple-panel program