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Wednesday, June 19 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Session 304: Business and Higher Education: Responding to STEM Workforce Needs

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Despite the weak national economy, many well-paying jobs requiring STEM degrees are going unfilled. Business and industry are not finding the talent they need in key fields, and many recent college graduates seeking jobs are frustrated that their skills and academic backgrounds do not align with workforce needs. This session will focus on strategies to align STEM undergraduate education with the highest demand jobs and increase the number of STEM graduates. Business and academic leaders will explore how to develop more effective “signaling mechanisms” to articulate and respond to workforce needs. They will also discuss innovative regional projects they are developing with the Business-Higher Education Forum designed to partner companies with postsecondary institutions, increase STEM skills and degree attainment, and align undergraduate education with regional workforce requirements.


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Brian K. Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

CEO, Business-Higher Education Forum

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Rose Stuckey Kirk

President, Verizon Foundation
Rose Stuckey Kirk, a 26-year veteran of the telecommunications arena, currently serves as president of the Verizon Foundation with accountability for leading the $76M operation’s philanthropy strategy in alignment with the company’s strategic vision and goals. The Verizon Foundation’s... Read More →
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Thomas Seitz

Senior Vice President, Strategic Excellence Initiatives, Sherwin-Williams
Thomas W. Seitz joined The Sherwin-Williams Company in June of 1970, as a formulator in our A. W. Steudel Technical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Since then he has performed in a variety of positions in technical, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, and general management roles... Read More →
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Barbara R. Snyder

President, Case Western Reserve University
Barbara R. Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University on July 1, 2007. A professor who began her academic career as a faculty member at our School of Law, she returned to campus committed to increasing academic excellence, enhancing faculty collaboration, and improving... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Ballroom A