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.
At this event, The Philanthropy Roundtable explored 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.
Topics and sessions included:
- 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
6:00 p.m. Welcome reception
What do biomimicry, heart valves, and acid mine drainage (AMD) all have in common? These are all subjects that the students at STEM Launch K-8 in Adams 12 have readily explored, and are eager to share with you! Attendees heard from both the K-8 and area high school students about their inventions, career goals, entrepreneurial approach to education and 460+ partnerships with local business. Working with the outside experts, the students examine solutions and technologies that effectively solve real-world problems.
- Kellie Lauth, CEO, mindSpark Learning and the Adams 12 District STEM Coordinator
- Carrie Morgridge, Vice President, The Morgridge Family Foundation (Introduction)
September 12, 2017
7:30 a.m. Registration
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
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, Managing 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? Attendees heard from 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
- Jason Gaulden, Communications Director, America Succeeds
- Beth Swanson, Vice President of Strategy and Programs, The Joyce Foundation
- 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 and CEO, Emily Griffith Technical College, Denver, CO
- Robert Denson, President and CEO, 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
Denver-area businessman and gubernatorial candidate, Noel Ginsburg, shares his model of a statewide modern youth-apprenticeship program that closely connects education with career, and provides tangible benefit to both students and industry.
- Noel Ginsburg, CEO, Intertech Plastics, and Founding CEO, 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 led 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.
- Dennis Parker, Assistant Manager, Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Development
- Jaime Fall, Director, Upskill America (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 explored some of the major challenges with using data to assess current programs and policies as well as alternative options. Experts tackled 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
- Gabe Hakim, COO, Generation USA
- 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
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.