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Retail/Hospitality Industry Recovery Panel

National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) has convened a Retail/Hospitality Industry Recovery Panel of industry leaders and experts to share recommendations on the Biden Administration’s recovery taskforce through meetings with White House advisers, Department of Labor, and Congressional leadership.

Consistent with our Inclusive Economic Recovery framework, we want to ensure these initiatives help address: the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on workers of color, immigrants, and workers with a high school diploma or less; the essential role of businesses who hire locally and invest in their people but need policymakers to be their partner; and the moral and economic imperative to dismantle structural racism within workforce education and training. Skills training alone will not ensure an inclusive recovery, but it must be part of our nation’s federal policy response.

Retail/Hospitality Panel Participants

Kim Becicka, Vice President, Continuing Education & Training Services, Kirkwood Community College

Elisabeth Buck, President, United Way of Central Iowa

Ryan Campbell, Owner, Chris’ Caribbean Bistro

Laura Fuentes, Chief Human Resource Officer, Hilton

Monica Ford, President & CEO, Nevada Partners

Holly Kurtz, Director, Workforce Development, Center for the Future of Arizona

John Lloyd, Executive Director, BEST Corp

Dan Miller, Organizing Director, UNITE HERE Local 1

Karin Norington Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Andrea Reay, President and CEO, Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Schumacher, Director of Education Strategies, McDonald’s Corporation

Sekou Siby, Executive Director, ROC United

Sean Thurman, Workforce Issues Director, Walmart

Leigh Uhlir, Associate Dean of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Kendall College at National Louis University

Laura Ward, Senior Vice President for Talent Development, Nashville Area Chamber

Charnetia Young, Senior Manager of Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health Business Development

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Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

A call to action that will drive our organization’s work over the next two years, Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery is a set of generation-defining investments in inclusive skills policy that contribute to addressing the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on communities who have long suffered inequities.

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Release: NSC and BLU convening workforce advisory panels

A group of nearly 60 national business leaders, labor leaders, community college leaders, industry training providers, and others will serve on four industry recovery panels that will advise the Biden administration and Congress on federal recovery policies in the coming months.

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