Building a Workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:30 am   -   11:00 am
Room: Ballroom

More than 7 million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled as employers struggle to find workers with the right mix of skills. This talent gap only promises to widen as the economy fully enters what experts are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a period of exponential change whose disruptions are predicted to dwarf those of previous eras. What must employers and workers do to prepare to tap into the opportunities (and dodge the dangers) brought about by globalism, increasing connectivity, and rapidly advancing technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence? This session will examine the current workforce landscape, including the so-called new-collar and gig economies; the unprecedented shifts coming in the years ahead; and emerging best practices in worker recruitment, employee development and the creation of a robust talent pipeline, particularly in the STEM fields.

Eric J. Gertler, Executive Chairman, U.S. News & World Report

Jack Markell, Former Governor of Delaware; Chairman, National Advisory Council – Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative
Eric J. Gertler, Executive Chairman, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)

Michelle R. Weise, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategies; Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work, Strada Education Network

Michael P. Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Topcoder; Global Head of Crowdsourcing, Wipro

PANEL: Rethinking Talent Development for the 21st Century
Christine Bastian, Senior Vice President, Engineering Human Resources, Cisco Systems
Deb Bubb, HR Vice President and Chief Leadership, Learning and Inclusion Officer, IBM
Julia Pollak, Labor Economist, ZipRecruiter
Eric Westphal, Senior Director, Global Workforce Strategy and Economic Development, Cognizant
Tom Temin, Host and Managing Editor, The Federal Drive, Federal News Network (moderator)

Oren Cass, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Michael Morella, Assistant Managing Editor, Publications and Events, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)

Gerald R. Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation