Preparing Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Economy

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/24/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Location
Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs


 

Preparing Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Economy

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Courtney Brown, Vice President of Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation; Rob Paral, Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities; Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

The majority of jobs in the future are expected to require post-secondary educational attainment and credentials that recognize specialized training and skills. Yet today only 40 percent of the US labor force possess degrees beyond a high school diploma. After several years of strong job growth many employers are struggling to find workers with the required skills while workers struggle to find meaningful employment. How should post-secondary education itself be re-envisioned to adapt to an increasingly diverse population and meet future labor force demands? Does the United States need to rethink immigration policy and business practices, and is there an appetite for such change?

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Courtney Brown

Vice President of Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation

Courtney Brown, is the vice president of strategic impact at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused specifically on increasing Americans’ postsecondary success. In this role she oversees the foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, impact, and learning. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement efforts. Brown works to ensure Lumina uses data and research to inform and continuously apply lessons to work across the foundation and stays focused on the impact of its work on Goal 2025. She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and earned her master’s and PhD from the University of Virginia.

 

Juan Salgado

 

Juan Salgado

Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

Juan Salgado is chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago where he oversees Chicago’s community college system, serving more than 80,000 students across seven colleges. Salgado has focused his 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. He is a community college graduate, earning an AS from Moraine Valley Community College, a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a master’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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