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There's more than one future of work - a discussion series

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Uneven Prospects for Different Workers

Technology associated with the Future of Work will impact workers in every sector and at every level in the U.S. economy—but those impacts will not be borne equally. Research indicates the majority of job losses from automation will be borne by workers earning less than $20 / hour with a high school degree or less; many of these will be workers of color. Mid- and late-career workers with less developed digital skills than their younger counterparts are likewise vulnerable, as are a range of other experienced workers if they’re at a workplace that is not willing or able to continually invest in their re-skilling. How should public policy respond to the FOW impacts felt by these different groups of working Americans? What complimentary role can private industry play in these responses, and how can public policy better leverage those investments for workers most vulnerable to these changes?

Speakers include: 

  • Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO
  • Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Christina FitzPatrick, Policy Integration Director, AARP
  • Andy Van Kleunen, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition
  • Maggie Koziol, Senior Manager, Deloitte


Thursday, February 28, 2019
Tech’s Workforce Impact Across Different Industries

Hosted by Microsoft at the Microsoft Policy and Innovation Center, 901 K St NW Fl 11, Washington, DC 20001. Register to join the livestream.

Popular discussions about technology and the Future of Work often reference robots in manufacturing, but the introduction of automation to the manufacturing industry in the 20th century is likely quite different from how new technologies will be introduced into other industries here in the 21st century. This event will focus on how the introduction of AI, automation, and digitization look different between different sectors and ask how Washington stakeholders should respond to these changes, including through industry-specific policies around workforce re-skilling that complement universal approaches to assist workers and firms across industries.  
 
Speakers include: 

  • Daniel Bustillo, Director, Healthcare Career Advancement Project (HCAP)
  • Angie Cooper, Senior Director for Global Public Policy, Walmart
  • Portia WuManaging Director, U.S. Public Policy, Microsoft (former Assistant Secretary of Labor: Employment and Training Administration)
  • Robert Chiappetta, Director of Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America
  • Amy Titus, Managing Director, Human Capital, Deloitte
  • Andy Van Kleunen, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition



March, 2019
Small Companies versus International Firms

Date, time, location, and other event details TBD.


The introduction of new workplace technology is a significant capital expense that company operators need to weigh against prospective increases in productivity and profitability.  That math plays out differently depending on the relative cost of the technology, and upon the relative ability of a firm’s workforce to take full advantage of the technology.  As such, smaller firms—despite the availability of new productivity-enhancing technologies—might introduce technology at a slower rate, or perhaps not all, even as larger firms in their industry are leaning ahead.  In industries in which the majority of firms are smaller companies, what does that mean for the uneven pace of technology adoption in the Future of Work? Should there be different types of interventions considered to assist firms of various sizes within the same industry, including how to help their workforces re-skill to make use of these new tools?

For More Information
Learn more about this event series here. For more information or questions about your registration please contact Silvia Vallejo at silviav@nationalskillscoalition.org