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Location: Liaison Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The State of the Workforce Symposium: "Emerging Trends in the Workforce and Workplace"

Monday, March 2:

2:00 PM - Welcome to the State of the Workforce Symposium

2:15 to 3:00PM - Opening Keynote

  • Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

    Experts agree that we need a revamped higher education system that is more effective and inclusive, and responsive to the demands of the workforce, students and society. Lumina Foundation is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Lumina’s Goal 2025 is to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60% by 2025. Mr. Merisotis will discuss the leadership role that Lumina has taken in aligning this vision across stakeholders—from individuals to labor economists, policymakers, employers, education and thought leaders—toward a system that meets 21st Century requirements.

3:00 to 3:15 PM - Break

3:15 to 4:15 PM - A Look at Growing Skill Demands/Occupations

  • Matthew Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies

    The middle skills gap, the erosion of America’ middle class, unemployment rates and underemployment studies are common headlines in today’s news. Opportunities exist on the horizon where employers, educators and policymakers come together to build a pipeline of talent to correct these imbalances. Mr. Sigelman will discuss the latest thinking on rebuilding America’s middle skills jobs and share the current data on the growth in emerging occupations and skill demands.

4:30 to 5:15 PM - Credentialing and the Workforce

  • Stephen Crawford, GWU Professor, Partnership with ANSI "Improving Labor Markets through Voluntary Standards for Describing Credentials"
  • Peter Janzow, Senior Director and Open Badges Lead, Pearson Acclaim
  • Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education

    Today’s employers want independent validation of knowledge, skills, and abilities. The public wants assurance that workers are qualified to practice an occupation. And students invest significant resources in time and money obtaining credentials. Panelists will address standardizing credentials, badges and competencies, as well as what business leaders are saying about the in-demand skills and the credentials that validate them.

    Additional panelists to be named.

5:30 to 6:15 PM - Reception

Tuesday, March 3:

8:00 to 8:30 AM - Buffet Breakfast

8:30 to 9:30 AM - Keynote Breakfast

  • Anthony Carnevale, Research Professor and Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

    What is different about today’s employment marketplace? With a focus on connecting 21st Century competencies with education and training, this presentation will identify the effects of changing job requirements and skill demands on students and the current workforce. Dr. Carnevale will share insights on why it is important to educate and inform federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders on ways to better align education and training with labor market demand and qualifications.

9:30 to 9:45 AM - Break

9:45 to 10:30 AM - The Skills Gap is Real

  • Kelly Hastings, Senior Government Advisor, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Steven O. Kramer, Vice President, Communications National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • Trish Serratore, Senior Vice President, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

    Employers complain that there are not enough skilled workers to fill open positions. Is this true? With a panel comprised of economists and thought leaders from trade associations in specific occupational areas, we will discuss existing skills gaps and look at the future employment needs of these sectors.

    Additional panelist to be named.

10:30 to 10:45 AM - Break

10:45 to 11:15 AM - Higher Education in the Connected Age

  • Peter Smith, President, Open College at Kaplan University

    Our system of higher education is based on and organized around the principle of scarcity, that the resources needed to provide an education must be collected in one place: a campus. Technology allows for degree level services to be delivered anytime, anywhere, to anyone and supports the development of personalized learning paths. With new traditional students making up the majority of those pursuing higher education, students need economical pathways to credentials. Dr. Smith discusses how we can scale mass personalized learning paths.

11:15 to Noon - Bringing It All Together

  • Ami Bhandari, Senior Vice President of Education & Strategy, Lincoln Educational Services
  • Robert Skodinsky, Haas Automation Inc.
  • Danny Vargas, Chair, Virginia Board of Workforce Development President and Founder, VARCom Solutions, Herndon, VA
  • Moderator: Jason Tyszko, Senior Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce

    Business, educators and government working together produce sustainable outcomes. Our final panel represents each of these sectors to illustrate how this interdependence can work to create a favorable environment where employment is not a by-product but an outcome of education.

Noon to 12:30 PM - Senator Lamar Alexander Keynote Speech*

12:30 – 2:00 PM - Lunch*

2:00-3:00 PM - Panel of Higher Ed Association Executives

*Senator Lamar Alexander Keynote Speech and the lunch that follows is open to both Symposium and APSCU Hill Day registrants



PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.