Getting to Work: What Students and Employers Need from Higher Education

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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On February 19, ICW collaborated with the youth advocacy organization, Young Invincibles, to bring together business and student leaders. “Getting to Work” will included a discussion on the need for the two groups to learn from and engage with one another to improve the pathway from education to employment to help close the skills gap.  

Speakers include
Tony Carnevale
Georgetown University
Doug Lederman
Inside HigherEd
Margaret Spellings
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Tuesday, February 19  
10:00 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Audience Polling

  • Margaret Spellings, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Cheryl A. Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce

10:45 a.m.

The Future of Higher Education: From the Business and Student Lens

Business leaders and students have reciprocal goals-students want to get the most out of their degree and secure employment while business leaders are interested in hiring people with necessary skills to add value to the workforce. There is a lot of work to do to break down the barriers of communication between the two groups. This panel will discuss what each side has to learn from the other to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship.


  • Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director for Student Financial Support, Lumina Foundation



  • Jeremy Johnson, Co-Founder, 2tor

  • Bill Kamela, Senior Director, Education and Workforce, Law and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

  • Kathleen Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer, URETEK Holdings, Inc.

  • Aaron Smith, Co-Founder, Young Invincibles

  • Aaron Starks, Student Body President, Salt Lake Community College

 Noon  Break
 12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

 1:00 p.m.

Introduction for Breakout Conversations

  • Aaron Smith, Young Invincibles

Breakout Conversations

Business leaders and students will have the opportunity to converse with one another about each others' needs and how we can better connect higher education to employment.

Moving forward, how can business and higher education continue to engage one another in the ever-important topic of bridging the gap from school to work?


  • Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

 2:00 p.m.


  • Cheryl A. Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce