Philanthropy's Job: Empowering Workers in an Age of Automation
Co-hosted by the Morgridge Family Foundation
September 11-12, 2017
Automation, globalization, and other market disruptors are completely changing the nature of work in America. The very people who can least afford to be sidelined – both youth and adults with little education and few skills – are most at-risk of being left out of the evolving economy. It’s philanthropy’s job to empower workers to secure good jobs and build stability in their lives.
Amidst the disruption, new opportunities are developing. As old jobs are eliminated by technology, there is a need for workers who can adapt and utilize the technology that is revolutionizing our increasingly global working world. As these new industries and markets come online, jobs and career tracks emerge.
Please join The Philanthropy Roundtable to explore programs and pathways that funders can support to provide workers with the choice and flexibility to gain buildable skills and increase their immediate earning potential. How are innovative K-12 schools, community colleges and other higher education institutions, along with employers and nonprofits, providing skills-based training? Most importantly, especially for entry-level workers, how are they integrating the training with the essential life skills, social capital, and social networks, to jumpstart work and upward mobility?
Topics and sessions include:
- Designing K-12 education to provide youth with essential life skills
- Innovative skills-based training
- Empowering the 21st century workforce
- Fast tracks to jobs through post-secondary credentialing
- Recognizing a good program by quantitative analysis
September 11, 2017
6:30pm Welcome reception
How can we best position young kids for career and life success, when most of the jobs they’ll face upon graduation have not even been invented yet? Please join us on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. for our welcome reception and see for yourself how one elementary school has embraced that challenge head on.
STEM Launch, a K-8 school in Colorado, delivers an experiential, problem-based curriculum that teaches the mindset and skills that employers most demand: the ability to secure and apply knowledge and information to get the job done. Working with more than 350 employers to bring real-world problems into the classroom, the STEM Launch students are developing, exploring and inventing new solutions to actual challenges. On a daily basis, dozens of industry experts are on-site, helping students with research, sitting on feedback panels or helping them explore potential commercialization of their solutions. (And indeed, the students currently, they have 10 patents pending and have established four LLCs.)
At the reception, be prepared to be inspired by the STEM Launch students, who will share their stories, their career aspirations, and perhaps even some of their latest inventions!
September 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45-9:15 a.m. The State of American Jobs
How is the shifting economic landscape reshaping work and the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead?
- Kim Parker, director of social trends research, Pew Research Center
9:15-10:30 a.m. Reimagining K-12 Education for the Future of Work
Without essential training, many young people face a lifetime of unemployment or low wage jobs. How are educators preparing K-12 students with essential life/work skills and experiences, and the mindset to explore alternative careers? Join this panel of innovators who are helping K-12 students develop skills that have value – and a direct connection – to the workplace.
- Vince Bertram, president and CEO, Project Lead the Way
- Kellie Lauth, principal, STEM Launch K-8
- Carrie Morgridge, vice president, Morgridge Family Foundation (moderator)
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Connecting Education to Career Success
Today’s economy requires education and training beyond high school. Nonprofits, businesses, community colleges, and universities are among the institutions providing post-secondary credentials and training. Yet many of their graduates or trainees remain disconnected from work. What’s working to help unemployed/underemployed job seekers obtain the education, credentials, and connections they need to secure good jobs?
- Jeff Barratt, executive director, Emily Griffith Technical College, Denver, CO
- Robert Denson, president, Des Moines Area Community College
- Ed Smith-Lewis, director, UNCF/Lilly Endowment Career Pathways Initiative
- Andi Rugg, executive director of Skillful Colorado, Markle Foundation (moderator)
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch presentation: Business-led, Student-centered: Building a New Skills-based Economy for Colorado
- Noel Ginsburg, CEO, Intertech Plastics, and Founder, CareerWise Colorado
- Linda Childears, president and CEO, Daniels Fund (introduction)
1:30-2:45 p.m. Upskilling America: The Toyota Model
What role can philanthropy play in working with businesses to build out essential skills training? Jaime Fall leads this discussion, with two leaders from Toyota’s well-known career pathways programs, to explore how an employer-led movement to partner with educators is expanding opportunity for America’s workers by promoting training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs.
- Jaime Fall, director, Upskill America
- Rick Lester, technician development manager, Technician Training & Education Network
- Dennis Parker, assistant manager, Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Development (moderator)
3:00-4:00 p.m. Recognizing a Good Jobs Program When You See It
With the growing trend towards evidence-based impact, how is data being used both appropriately and inappropriately to evaluate jobs programs? We’ll explore some of the major challenges with using data to assess current programs and policies as well as alternative options. Experts will tackle the question of how the informed use of data can shift organizational culture and impact measurement.
- Dave Anderson, director of evidence-based policy, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
- Cole Wirpel, generation U.S. manager, McKinsey Social Initiative
- Helen Young Hayes, CEO and founder, Activate Workforce Solutions (moderator)
4:00 p.m. Wrap up and conclusion
455 S. Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80226
Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar
7310 West Alaska Drive
Lakewood, CO 80226
The Philanthropy Roundtable has negotiated a special room block rate of $189 per night at the Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar. Reserve your room at our group rate by calling 1-888-591-1234 or at https://denverlakewood.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Attendees should enter the dates of their stay and click ‘check availability’. On the next page, enter our group code ‘G-PHIL’ under ‘corporate code’ and click ‘check availability’ again.
Rates will be available until Friday, August 18, 2017, based on hotel availability. The hotel block may sell out, so please make your reservations early to ensure a room. The Hyatt House is located 30 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN).
Please note, reservations must be cancelled by 11:59 p.m. the day before the date of arrival to avoid penalty.
This solicitation-free event is open to those who annually distribute, or intend to distribute in the near future, at least $100,000 in charitable donations. There is no fee to attend.