EVENT

Sourcing STEM Skills for America with Industry Talent Pipelines

Event Date: 
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

This roundtable is part of the pre-conference programming for the Foundation's 2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference. This event is free to attend for those attending the conference as well as those who are not attending. Attend the STEM Roundtable. Attend the Corporate Citizenship Conference.

Numerous national conversations over the past few years have been concerned with how best to find and prepare talent to provide US industry with skilled and capable workers.  A recurring theme in these discussions has been a somewhat generalized call for “partnerships” between industry—representing the “demand side” of the challenge—and educators—representing the “supply side.” However, exactly how such partnerships should work efficiently and remain effective has largely been undefined.

A new set of conversations is now aimed at evaluating if and how supply chain design and management practices could help create sustainable talent supply chains across multiple industries. The idea assumes, among other things, that there is a “talent development industry”.  And, viewed in this way, the application of a supply chain model to the talent development industry could help 1) to clarify the contributions of employers and educators; 2) increase awareness of underused qualified talent pools for high-demand jobs; and, 3) explain for all how to collaborate for a common cause while preserving the mission, market and mandate of participating organizations.

As intriguing a concept as it may be, actually implementing a talent development supply chain for a particular set of skills requires some understanding of supply chain fundamentals, “ground rules” for organizations playing a role in the supply chain, and an understanding of what counts for the “product” that the supply chain is producing. 

This session is designed to test this concept using STEM skills as its focus.  The proposed Summit session aims to engage participants in modeling a STEM talent pipeline. It starts from the demand side with a review of priority STEM skills; turns to discuss best practices in supply chain management; and closes by defining roles for organizations on the supply side. The intent is to equip participants with a working knowledge of supply chain management and guidelines for its use in educator-employer talent development initiatives. Supporting materials will be furnished at the outset to attendees.

Agenda

2:00 – 2:15 pm             

Session Welcome

  • Governor John McKernan, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Tammy Fernandez, Executive Director, Apollo Education Group

Quick poll of audience interests:

  • Facilitator: Richard Crespin, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

2:15 – 3:10 pm

Presentation and Audience Discussion: The Net Present Value of the Talent Development Supply Chain

  • What’s not working about the talent development industry today?
  • What stands in the way of a supply chain approach?
  • Where do you see your organization in a talent development supply chain?

Presentation:

  • Tony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor, Georgetown University

3:10 – 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Roles in the Talent Development Supply Chain         

  • A quick review of supply chain fundamentals
  • Suppliers in a talent supply chain model
  • Customers in a supply chain model

Speakers:

  • Jason Tyszko, Senior Director, Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Tim Welsh, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy, Apollo Education Group
  • Bob Sheets, George Washington University
  • Facilitator: Richard Crespin, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Case Study: STEM Partnerships in Maryland

Presentation

  • Brian Fitzgerald, CEO, Business Higher-Education Forum

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Summary Discussion

5:00 pm

Reception

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