Workforce Development

The Next Big Idea: Portable Benefits for Independent Workers

December 16, 2015  • Raman Ravindran, Future of Work Initiative & Economic Opportunities Program

Co-hosted by the Future of Work Initiative and the Economic Opportunities Program

A series of panel discussions with key voices in the conversation around independent workers, in the on-demand economy and beyond. Sen. Mark Warner, honorary co-chair of the Future of Work Initiative, joins the discussion. The event is hosted by Bruce Reed and John Bridgeland, co-chairs of the Future of Work Initiative, and Maureen Conway, executive director of the Economic Opportunities Program. The event’s panels also feature a number of signatories of the November 10, 2015, letter to lawmakers agreeing to principles on portable benefits for independent workers, including business representatives, worker advocates, and thought leaders.

Thomas E. Perez, US Secretary of Labor
Senator Mark Warner, US Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia and Honorary co-chair, the Future of Work Initiative
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute
Bruce Reed, Co-chair, the Future of Work Initiative
John Bridgeland, Co-chair, the Future of Work Initiative
Maureen Conway, Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Economic Opportunities Program

Panels Include:
Byron Auguste, Managing Director, Opportunity@Work
Oisin Hanrahan, CEO, Handy
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO,
David Rolf, President, SEIU 775
Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America Foundation
Saket Soni, Executive Director, National Guestworker Alliance
Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Senior Adviser to the Markle Foundation