Talent Forward Virtual Series

Moving Talent Forward

More than a year into the pandemic, we know COVID-19 has changed the world of work and education while creating new challenges and barriers. Starting on May 18, we will transform our annual Talent Forward conference into a new virtual event series, culminating in a two-hour event on October 26.

Join us each month as we bring together leading minds to discuss the most pressing issues in education and workforce, focusing on talent recovery. We will dive into topics ranging from the “She-cession” to learning loss and share solutions needed to ensure learners and workers are able to rise from this public health crisis to build more education and workforce pathways for all Americans.

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October 26 - Talent Forward: When You Lead on Talent, You Lead the World



Previous Episodes:

Event Five: Improving Talent Through Technology (September 21, 2021)

The global economy is rapidly changing—labor markets are increasingly dynamic, and skills obsolescence is affecting all industries. Technology’s role in these changes has been both welcomed with open arms and feared. This event explored how technology advances such as automation can open countless doors for better education and employment opportunities.

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Event Four: Breaking Childcare Barriers (August 17, 2021)

Even before the COVID-19 public health crisis, finding quality, affordable childcare was a barrier to the workforce for many working parents. The pandemic exacerbated numerous issues in an already fragile childcare system and a lack of childcare options presents a significant roadblock for parents to re-enter the workforce. There is no silver bullet to solve this problem but the need to create a childcare system to fully support working parents and the businesses in which they work has never been clearer. 

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Event Three: Addressing the Workforce Shortage (July 20, 2021)

Businesses of all sectors and sizes are struggling with a worker shortage. Incentivizing people to rejoin the workforce is a challenge, even for large companies. How can companies and communities leverage public and private solutions to access talent for essential jobs, the most critical component of the economic recovery? This event addressed worker shortage challenges from multiple vantage points — with a focus on solutions.

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Event Two: Transforming Skills Training For Recovery (June 15, 2021)

The pandemic has decimated industries across the country. The K-shaped recovery illustrates where jobs have been lost and where they may never return. How will we leverage the talent of Americans who have been displaced and need new skills to get back to work? Reskilling for in-demand jobs with new platforms and new ways of delivering training can’t wait for the future—the time is now.



Event One: May 18, 2021

In this first session of Talent Forward, we will focus on creating equitable pathways into the workforce. The pandemic has been particularly disruptive for women and people of color. We will discuss real solutions for students and workers, particularly for these groups, to support their entry, or re-entry to career opportunities. Watch as Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, interviews Tom Monahan, president and CEO of DeVry University, and Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest.

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