Policy and Partnerships: Solutions From Across the States

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
3:30 pm   -   5:00 pm
Room: Ballroom

Many of the most promising solutions aimed at improving education and workforce training are happening at the local level in cities and states across the country. Public-private partnerships – between corporations, schools, government agencies, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and more – have formed the backbone of efforts to fill the talent pipeline. Hear from government leaders, state and local experts, employers and others about best practices, policies and approaches for success. This session will also be informed by the U.S. News Best States rankings, an interactive data and news analysis platform designed to inform citizens, business leaders and policymakers about where states excel in education, economic opportunity, infrastructure and more.

Allen Shaheen, Executive Vice President, North American Regional Delivery Centers, Cognizant
Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)

PANEL: A U.S. News State Leadership Roundtable
Lindsay H. Kurrle, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Labor
Nancy Leppink, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
James E. Rzepkowski, Acting Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Eric J. Gertler, Executive Chairman, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)

PANEL: The Power of Partnerships
Angela Baker, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Qualcomm
Earl Buford, Chief Executive Officer, Partner4Work
Molly Elgin-Cossart, Director, Rework America Task Force, Markle Foundation
Rebecca Lewis, Director, Amgen Biotech Experience Program Office; Managing Project Director, Education Development Center
Julie Gehrki, Vice President, Philanthropy, Walmart (moderator)