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300: Workforce Development: The Search for Skills and Talent [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 18

9:45am CDT

Session 301: Best Practices in Talent Development

For a growing number of U.S. companies, finding skilled workers for unfilled jobs is becoming a critical priority. The dearth of talent affects a surprisingly wide array of industries, from high-tech and manufacturing to energy, healthcare, and retail. It is becoming increasingly clear that at least partial responsibility for addressing this issue will fall to the chief talent officers at major American firms. The many concurrent dialogues among business and academia are leading to partnerships and innovations that show great promise. But many agree that progress on this front isn’t happening fast enough. Top officials from several major companies will define and discuss programs to create and ensure a STEM-capable workforce, including new research from an executive roundtable convened in February by U.S. News & World Report, STEMconnector, and the University of Phoenix.


avatar for Tim Welsh, Ed.D.

Tim Welsh, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy Group, University of Phoenix
Tim Welsh brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional services executive to his role as Senior Vice President of the Industry Strategy Group (ISG) at University of Phoenix. Since joining University of Phoenix in 2009, Tim has led a team of industry experts to: –Establish... Read More →

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Samantha Dwinell

Director of Human Resources, Texas Instruments
As Director of Human Resources, Samantha Dwinell leads TI's global recruiting and development functions, ensuring that TI has a continual pipeline of internal and external talent ready to meet business needs. Dwinell previously served as Human Resources Director for TI’s Wireless... Read More →
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Lisa Kidd

Vice President, Human Resources, Infosys
Lisa started with Infosys in July of 2011 and has over 20 years of HR experience working for companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cadbury Schweppes and most recently Hewlett Packard.  Lisa has a strong background in organizational design and change management, merger... Read More →
avatar for Lance A. LaVergne

Lance A. LaVergne

Director, Talent Acquisition, Alcoa
Lance LaVergne is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Alcoa where he leads all of the talent acquisition activity for the Company.  The scope of activity includes campus, mid-career and executive recruitment. Prior to joining Alcoa, Lance was Vice President and Chief Diversity... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 4

11:00am CDT

Session 302: Show Me Your Skills: Online Badges and Alternative Credentials

In today’s business climate, it’s increasingly a worker’s skill set, rather than his or her degree, that counts. The education community has responded by ramping up skills training and retraining programs for learners of all ages, often working in partnerships with regional and national employers. The Manufacturing Institute, for instance, has launched a national skills certification program aimed at helping workers acquire and demonstrate particular talents in certain industries. And in the vein of video game rewards and Scout badges, a number of educators, companies, and organizations are developing digital student “badges” that show skills learned or specific objectives met. This panel will explore how skills certification programs and online badges can help shore up the STEM pipeline.


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JD Hoye

President, National Academy Foundation
JD Hoye is a nationally recognized leader in forging partnerships between educators and employers. As President of the National Academy Foundation, she leads an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that annually provide 62,000 students access to industry-specific curricula... Read More →

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Gary M. Green, Ed.D.

President, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Gary M. Green has been President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since July 2001.  Prior to that, he held teaching and administrative positions in Kentucky and Alabama.  He was a speaker at the White House Conference on the Economy in... Read More →
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Jennifer McNelly

President, Manufacturing Institute
Jennifer McNelly is the President of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent.  Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 4

4:15pm CDT

Session 303: The Role of the Feds and States: Policies That Create Skilled STEM Professionals

Across the country, industry and state, regional, and local governments are engaged in various partnerships to address the STEM skills and workforce gap. In addition to spearheading efforts to improving K-12 education standards, a number of states have introduced specialized job training programs in order to court corporations to their vicinities. At the federal level, many companies are calling on Congress to expand visas for foreign graduates of U.S. universities who hold STEM degrees to increase the nation’s talent pool. This session will explore programs at all levels of government and identify the most effective qualities of each for those looking to build scalable versions in their own jurisdictions.


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Chris Roe

CEO, California STEM Learning Network
Christopher Roe is the Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network in charge of overseeing the creation of strategic relationships and collaborating with regional, state and national partners to establish a network that will rapidly scale innovative STEM teaching... Read More →

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Andres Alcantar

Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission
Andres Alcantar is Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).  Governor Rick Perry appointed Alcantar in 2008 and designated him Chairman May 1, 2012.  Alcantar was recently reappointed to the Commission for a term to expire on February... Read More →
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Susan A. Bonilla

California State Assemblywoman
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Reginald Brothers, Ph.D.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Reginald Brothers joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research on 6 December 2011. Dr. Brothers is responsible for policy and oversight of DoD Science and Technology programs from Basic... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Ballroom A
Wednesday, June 19

10:00am CDT

Session 304: Business and Higher Education: Responding to STEM Workforce Needs

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.


avatar for Brian K. Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

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 →
avatar for Barbara R. Snyder

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