Training America’s Workforce for the Future: New Policies to Boost Employment and Wages

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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Washington Court Hotel • 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW • Washington, DC • spacer Map

Media Inquiries: Karen Anderson • 202-797-6023 • kanderson@brookings.edu

General Inquiries: Kristina Gerken • 202-797-4360 • kgerken@brookings.edu

 
 

On November 30th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held forum and released new policy proposals on training programs geared toward the needs of today’s workforce.  In a rapidly- changing global economy, the skills of some workers have become less valuable, while other skills are in short supply.  By collaborating with industry partners and drawing on evidence about what works, training programs can better prepare workers for jobs in growing industries.
 
A diverse group of policy leaders, stakeholders and training experts participated in the forum to share a range of perspectives, including White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan Krueger, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Siemens President and CEO Eric Spiegel. 

Following the roundtable discussions, the panelists took audience questions. 

Learn more about The Hamilton Project Policy Innovation prize here.


Agenda

Welcome and Announcement of 2011 Hamilton Project Policy Innovation Prize Winner

Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary 

Moderated Discussion: Human Capital, Economic Growth, and Job Creation in the New Millennium

Alan B. Krueger
Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers 

Moderator: Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary 

Roundtable: Creating More-Effective Education and Workforce Development Systems in the States

Author: Harry Holzer
Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Moderator:  Michael Greenstone
Senior Fellow and Director, The Hamilton Project
The Brookings Institution

Discussant:  Rhandi Berth
Vice President, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership

Discussant: Maureen Conway
Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute

Discussant: Steven VanAusdle
President, Walla Walla Community College

Roundtable: Opportunities to Reduce Displaced Workers’ Earnings Losses Through Retraining

Author: Louis Jacobson
President, New Horizons Economic Research

Moderator:  Michael Greenstone
Senior Fellow and Director, The Hamilton Project
The Brookings Institution

Discussant:  Rhandi Berth
Vice President, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership

Discussant: Daniel Marschall
Legislative and Policy Specialist for Workforce Issues, AFL-CIO

Discussant: Steven VanAusdle
President, Walla Walla Community College

Remarks

The Honorable Patty Murray (D- Wash.)
United States Senate 

Moderated Discussion: Apprenticeships and Training for America’s Jobs of the Future

Eric A. Spiegel
President and CEO, Siemens Corporation and CEO of the U.S. Region

Moderator:  Roger C. Altman
Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners


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