Talent Forward 2019
October 24, 2019
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Unlocking the Future of the Talent Pipeline
The current state of our workforce demands innovation: there are more open jobs than workers, yet valuable talent continue to be overlooked. At any given moment, we see the implications of changes in talent pipelines, technology, and market-based approaches for the future of work. In order to realize the power of an inclusive American workforce, we must unlock our nation’s untapped human potential and the promise of non-traditional approaches and initiatives.
Bridging the Skills Gap: Can America’s Institutions Meet the Challenge
Goodwill believes in transforming lives and communities through the power of education and employment. With a widening skills gap, what are the key ingredients to reach an individual’s and a community’s full potential, and what role do we all play?
Technology is Transforming the Talent Marketplace
Technology and data are disrupting nearly every industry for the better, except when it comes to our education and workforce systems. Designing the technology infrastructure that will power the future of America’s education and workforce data must involve engagement from all communities. Speakers will discuss possible innovations, the important considerations for this type of change, and the leadership required from each community to get us there.
A Hidden Workforce: Breaking Down Barriers to Entry
[Innovation Out Loud] More than 6.6 million jobs are currently unfilled in this tight labor market, and yet millions of potential adult workers lack the very basic literacy and numeracy skills required to take the beginning steps that will open the path to higher-paying, family-sustaining wages. This session explores a hidden source of undeveloped talent in the U.S. and what bolstering the expertise of underskilled workers can do to increase social mobility and stimulate economic growth.
It's What You Know: Competency-Based Hiring
A path towards competency-based learning and hiring begins with understanding what it is, improving how we communicate in-demand skills and competencies, and determining how to keep those lines of communication open between the business and education communities over time. Leading practitioners from various industries will discuss the importance of this shift to competency-based learning and hiring, the role each stakeholder must play in improving signaling between employer and educator, and how data and technology support these efforts.
Access to Opportunity: Diversity and Equity in the Workplace
Responsibility for ensuring that opportunity is achievable for underrepresented communities lies in the hands of employers, but the steps required for that move toward an expanded pipeline aren’t always obvious. Achieving an equitable workplace environment will require concrete steps to level the playing field. Leading companies will discuss their inclusive hiring strategies and the steps they took to develop them.
Hope is Not a Strategy
[Innovation Out Loud] The Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) movement has grown exponentially in five years—the U.S. Chamber Foundation provides an overview of the power of the TPM network and their accomplishments to date.
A Modern Approach to Talent Pipelines
[Innovation Out Loud] An employer who has been through the TPM methodology describes why he has found value in the approach and his 2.5 key takeaways from his experience.
Looking Forward: What Lies Ahead for TPM
Now that the U.S. Chamber Foundation has the benefit of learning from TPM practitioners and their experiences, what is next to enable better communication of employers’ needs, and most importantly, better employment outcomes for people?
Employer-Driven Networks and the Future of Work
[Fireside Chat] Faced with unprecedented skills gaps, businesses, non-profits, and governments are pursuing alternative pathways to recruit and develop new talent – apprenticeships being one compelling pathway. Such efforts require leadership and a willingness to partner from a number of stakeholders, both internal and external. The Chicago Apprenticeship Network – created by Accenture and Aon – now entering its third year, continues to be an evolving model on how companies individually and collectively identify the tools needed to build successful and rewarding apprenticeship programs in collaboration with non-profits, city colleges, and local and state governments. Aon’s Dan Serota and Accenture’s Robert Hoffman provide insights on how the Chicago Apprenticeship Network is a source for both best practices and a model of potential collaboration on apprenticeships and workforce development generally.
What to Do When Machines Do Everything: 21 (More) Jobs of the Future
[Innovation Out Loud] The rise of A.I. is fundamental to new breakthroughs in U.S. commerce. But even when machines “do everything,” there will still be lots for workers to do, it just won’t be the tasks we’re doing today. Based on new research from Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, this session will open the aperture on where we’re coming from (and where we’re going to), and explore the new jobs of the (not too distant) future that are emerging. You never know -- one day, you might be doing one of them.
Maximizing In-House Talent: Upskilling that Works
As the demands of the economy and the American workforce evolve, workers struggle to find training experiences that meet their needs, while guaranteeing that their time and financial investments will result in a successful transition to their destination job. Employers partnering with providers to create opportunities for their existing workforces will provide insight on how they are strengthening their organizations and their industries by supporting current talent.
Innovative Finance Solutions to Support Talent
What innovative finance strategies can be replicated and scaled in other communities to improve workforce development opportunities? The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta plays an interesting role to support efforts in providing individuals’ prosperity and communities’ broad-based economic growth.
Next Gen Talent Finance
The current debate about the ways we finance and invest in talent have been centered on the role of the public sector in absorbing the cost of education and training, but new public-private finance and investment strategies are changing the paradigm. Speakers will discuss promising new finance and investment models and highlight emerging best practices for employers and learners alike.
Expanding and Strengthening America’s Workforce
The Rework America Business Network launched in 2018 to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative hiring and training practices so that U.S. companies can attract, develop and retain the talent they need while giving more Americans an opportunity to thrive in the digital economy. Denis McDonough will discuss how Rework is approaching these goals, including a new resource to help employers foster a digitally resilient workforce capable of adapting and responding to technological changes.
The future of work. It starts now.
[Innovation Out Loud] K-12 education has not changed much since we went to school. It certainly hasn’t kept pace with the change of business. Yet we as a society have a crazy expectation that our students enter life after high school and survive and thrive with pretty much the same set of interests, competencies, and capabilities as we did some 20 to 30 years ago. What if we gave high school students a jump-start on their college and career aspirations while they earn their high school diploma – virtually, in-person, or both? This speaker makes the case for a differentiated student experience.