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With Lauren Weber (Reporter, Wall Street Journal), John Pavley (SVP Software Engg, Viacom), Leslie Short (CEO, The Cavu Group).
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM   $15
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Upskilling America: Why Companies are Struggling to Retrain Their Workforce for Technology Jobs of the Future & How It Could Derail Innovation
a Tech 2025 Think Tank

Topic Overview:
"Thousands of companies across the country are in the thick of a digital revolution that requires them to transform their operations. They need an employee base that's ready to do new kinds of work, filling roles that are just emerging & adapting existing jobs to integrate more data & automation.Employers are still trying to master the challenge of mapping the skills of their current workers, identifying the skills required of their future workforce & filling the gaps between the two. By the time many companies figure out exactly who they need, it's often too late to invest the necessary time & money into retraining... A recent Accenture survey of 1,200 executives found that, while nearly half say skill shortages are a major concern for the future of their firm, only 3% said they will significantly increase their training budgets over the next three years." -- Lauren Weber (Why Companies Are Failing at Reskilling, The Wall Street Journal)
We have a potential crisis in the making of epic proportions that corporate Americahas never experienced before.
TheFourth Industrial Revolutionis well underway & big companies likeAmazon,PwC,AccentureandWalmart(to name a few) are leading the charge by investing billions of dollars to upskill, reskill, & cross-skilltheir workforce in emerging technologies that are disrupting products, services, customer engagement & back-office operations. And, as AI & automation technologies develop exponentially, & quickly take over tasks & jobs once done by humans, the problem of upskilling becomes even more challenging & pressing!
With thought-leader guest speakersLauren Weber(Reporter,The Wall Street Journal),John Pavley(Senior Vice Presidentof Software Engineering,Viacom, andLeslie Short(President & CEO,The Cavu Group), we will explore this topic & its implications on companies (enterprise down to startups), employees, & society at large.
Speaker Presentations & Agenda:
Lauren Weber(Reporter,The Wall Street Journal).Lauren Weber writes about workplace issues & careers for the Wall Street Journal. She will be presenting & speaking on her compelling & thought-provoking article,Why Companies Are Failing at Reskilling(a must-read!).We highly recommend reading several of Lauren's recent articles for great background informationincludingJohn Pavley(SVP of Software Engineering,Viacom). John Pavley has led teams at startups, tech companies, & media companies. He has led the design & development of award winning products, such as Apple's ClarisWorks for Kids, DoubleClick's DART5, Spotify's streaming radio service, & HuffPost's verified identify. But his absolute favorite thing to do is to recruit & lead product development teams with an insanely productive agile processes & world-class teams. His presentation will be on why tech departments & tech companies are not hiring women & people of color, & other non-white-cisgendered males into technical roles. He will then use this DEI-lens to analyze Amazon's new "Upskilling 2025" program & what it will mean for ordinary people to suddenly be forced to upskill from non-technical jobs to technical positions in companies..Leslie Short(President & CEO,The Cavu Group), Leslieisdynamic, accomplished Head of Operations/ Diversity & Inculsion thought-leader highly regarded for 20+ years of progressive experience leading organizations by delivering growth & cutting-edge strategies for startups & large corporations -- Known for driving the continuous improvement of key business systems, processes & people through innovative direct approaches. Her presentation will be on how & why companies need to make workplaceculture (defining it, redefining it, training, etc.) the foundation of their upspkilling/reskilling initiatives .
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