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The Digital Skills Imperative January 23, 2018 - Digital skills have emerged as an urgent priority in responding to rapid digitalization and mass automation. Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird joined a panel of esteemed speakers to discuss shifting mindsets on lifelong learning and scaling digital-skills-building efforts for the digital economy. Panelists: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup Hussain Sajwani, Chairman, Damac Properties Co LLCoModerator Amy Bernstein, Editor, Harvard Business Review Magazine How the Benefits of Technology Can Be Harnessed for Good January 24, 2018 - On a panel hosted by Accenture and Web Summit, leaders and experts on technology and the future of work examined how we can leverage AI and technology to help the next generation of workers. Panelists: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and Co-founder, Web Summit Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Accenture Will.I.Am, Founder, i.am+
Specialization: Access to high quality outcomes for all students Former college president and top federal policy maker Ted Mitchell became president of ACE on Sept. 1, 2017. He brings a wide array of experience and accomplishments from across the higher education sector to ACE, as well as a longstanding focus on helping more students gain access to a postsecondary education and complete their degrees. His background includes service as president of a private liberal arts college, senior administrator at a state university and trustee of a major research institution. Mitchell was president of Occidental College (CA) from 1999-2005. He served as U.S. under secretary of education from 2014 until January 2017, reporting to the secretary of education and overseeing postsecondary education policies and programs. He also has served as vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College (NH). He has been a member of the Stanford University (CA) Board of Trustees. Prior to becoming under secretary of education, Mitchell was chief executive officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund from 2005-2014, which provides seed capital and counsel to leading education entrepreneurs at the K-12 level, and served as the president of the California State Board of Education. After concluding his service at the Department of Education, Mitchell served as a consultant to ACE in the areas of education attainment and innovation and leadership development. Mitchell received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Christine, and their two children.
Jonathan Hiatt served as the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO until 2017. He was appointed to the position in September, 2009, by the Federation's newly-elected President, Richard L. Trumka. Prior to that appointment, Hiatt served for fourteen years as the General Counsel of the AFL-CIO. He was appointed to that position by then-President John J. Sweeney upon Sweeney’s election as President, and served as General Counsel during Sweeney’s entire tenure. Hiatt had previously served eight years as General Counsel to the Service Employees International Union, based in Washington, D.C., where he directed the International Union’s legal department. Before that, he was a partner in a union-side labor law firm in Boston, Massachusetts, Angoff, Goldman, Manning, Pyle, Wanger and Hiatt. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley Law School.
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2016 to 2017 as a member of President Barack Obama’s administration. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems. Before becoming education secretary and beginning in January 2015, King carried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. In this role, King also oversaw the agency’s operations. King joined the department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner, a post he held from 2011 to 2015. King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, Mass., and as a middle school principal. King’s life story is an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of education. Both of King’s parents were career New York City public school educators, whose example serves as an enduring inspiration. Both of King’s parents passed away from illness by the time he was 12 years old. He credits New York City public school teachers — particularly educators at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain Junior High School in Coney Island — for saving his life by providing him with rich and engaging educational experiences and by giving him hope for the future. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, as well as a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. King lives in Takoma Park, Md., with his wife (a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher) and his two daughters, who attend local public schools. You can follow King on Twitter via @JohnBKing.
Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff at HHS, Fitzpayne also held a number of senior roles at the Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House, as an economic advisor to Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, respectively. He has also worked at the Office of Management and Budget and Abt Associates, a public policy consulting firm. Fitzpayne holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.
Peter L. Levin founded Amida Technology Solutions in 2013. Amida is an open source technology firm that focuses on data management with a specialization in cybersecurity. Immediately before founding Amida, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he led their health record modernization initiative. In this role he co-created and led the inter-agency development of the Blue Button personal health record (now the most widely used PHR in the country), the creation and implementation of the open source electronic health record alliance (OSEHRA.org), and delivery of the first clinical components of the integrated electronic health record with DoD. Today, millions of people use the services he built while at the VA. Prior to joining the VA in 2009, he was an executive director of the open source network security company Astaro (acquired by Sophos), the lead investor and board member of the electronic design automation (EDA) company NeoLinear (acquired by Cadence), and co-founder of the GPS-based cybersecurity company Zanio (acquired by Boeing). He was also co-founding CEO of DAFCA, an EDA company focused on semiconductor test, a venture partner of Ventizz Capital Partners in Dusseldorf, and a general partner of Techno Venture Management in Munich and Boston. Peter was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator during the first Bush administration, a Clinton White House Fellow in the Office of Management and Budget, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Department Mathematical Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt, and a winner of an NIST Advanced Technology Program award. He is the co-author of more than 50 technical articles ranging from satellite navigation and cybersecurity to computer simulations and semiconductor test. He holds patents in chip design and GPS-based authentication, and his policy essays have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, politico.com, Techonomy, The Hill, and the White House website. Peter began his career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and was later associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering at Boston University. His academic research focused on electromagnetic and acoustic field theory and high performance computing, and he was tenured at both institutions. Now he is a consulting professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and a non-resident fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. Peter received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and was a post-doctoral student and DAAD Visiting Scientist at the Institute for High Voltage Engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
Jimmy Chen is the founder and CEO of Propel, a company that builds world-class software to make safety net services more user-friendly. They are the makers of Fresh EBT, a free smartphone app that empowers over a million families nationally who receive food stamp benefits (SNAP) to improve their financial health. Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. Jimmy has also worked at LinkedIn and Yahoo. Jimmy studied Symbolic Systems/Human-Computer Interaction at Stanford University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his dog.
Panelists: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Tim O’Reilly, CEO, O’Reilly Media Interviewer Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute and Rework America Task Force Member "Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained" Presented by McKinsey Global Institute & Churchill Club Automation technologies are already enabling new industries and occupations and taking over tedious and dangerous work. As adoption of artificial intelligence and robotics spreads, it will drive growth, raise productivity, and increase societal prosperity. At the same time, these technologies will have a profound transformational effect on the workforce. The labor implications of automation are the focus of much public debate: Will there be enough work in the future for humans to do, and, if so, what will that work be? What occupations will thrive, and which ones will wither? What are the implications for skills and wages? How might individuals, sectors, and entire countries weather the multiple complicated transitions that automation will entail over the next dozen years? Read the full report by McKinsey Global Institute
As President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Dean C. Garfield leads the most effective and respected global advocacy organization for the world’s most innovative and dynamic companies. Dean leads a team of professionals who, combined, bring nearly three centuries of advocacy experience to bear on the world’s most complex policy challenges. Since joining ITI in 2009, Dean has leveraged his skills as a high integrity, high performance leader with proven visionary and strategic skills and demonstrated operational and organizational acumen to double the organization’s membership, revenue, and impact. Dean has worked to foster a policy environment that embraces cutting-edge research, game changing technologies, and pragmatic solutions as central to achieving sustained job creation and economic growth. Under Dean’s leadership, ITI has defined the tech agenda for global policymakers, expanded its membership and influence, and established a research foundation that serves as the preeminent thought leader on innovation. ITI has deepened its expertise on issues ranging from trade to taxes, from cloud computing to core standards, from AI to advanced manufacturing. During Garfield’s tenure, ITI’s advocacy experts have helped to achieve critical legislative victories in the U.S. and internationally, knocking down barriers to innovation, strengthening America’s economic competitiveness, and advancing sustainable technologies that will be at the heart of 21st century innovation. Prior to joining ITI, Dean served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he developed the association's global strategies, securing accomplishment of key operational objectives, forged industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA, and led the MPAA's Research and Technology Departments. Dean also represented the MPAA before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and Oxford University. Dean also served as Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He helped to develop the organization's comprehensive intellectual property policy and litigation strategies and managed several of the United States' most important intellectual property cases, including the Grokster/Kazaa case, from its filing to it successful resolution at the Supreme Court. Dean has been regularly recognized for his strong motivational and diplomatic skills, his commitment to consensus building, and for achieving results. In 2016, and 2015, Dean was named “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill for his leadership of ITI. Dean was honored with the first REACH Breaking Barriers Award recognizing him for his deep commitment to leading the world’s most dynamic industry in its efforts to support and inspire young people to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills they must have to become tomorrow’s scientific problem solvers. Dean was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Trade Advisory Council and was recently appointed to the Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation. Dean serves on the boards of College for Every Student, the SEED School of Washington, D.C. and serves as the Board President of Aiden Montessori School. He has been featured in several national publications, on National Public Radio, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV News, representing the tech industry on the issues that matter most to the sector. He received a joint degree from New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was a Ford-Rockefeller as well as a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Dean is a naturalized U.S. citizen who resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Anthony Jackson leads Asia Society’s work in education which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st century global citizenship. Jackson oversees the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, a global platform for collaboratively advancing education for global competence for all. The Center’s multi-faceted approach includes the International Studies Schools Network, a network of over 35 schools around the United States that systematically integrate a global focus within the curriculum; Global Learning Beyond School, which supports globalizing youth programs including afterschool and community programs; the Global Cities Education Network, a learning community of high-performing Asian and North American urban school districts dedicated to solving common high-priority problems of practice and policy; and China Learning Initiatives, which provide national leadership to support learning of Chinese language and culture. Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents which produced the ground breaking report Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle school reform. His most recent work is Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. Jackson holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
At one of the largest technology conferences in the world, Markle Foundation CEO & President Zoë Baird participated in a lively discussion on how technology and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the modern workforce. The panel debated the question: What is the responsibility of technology and business leaders - particularly those reaping the rewards of data - to develop accessible, data-driven resources that can help everyone share in the economic benefits of the digital era? How can this type of innovation be achieved? Panelists: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Sangheon Lee, Research Director A.I. & Special Advisor, International LabourOrganization Kristina Tsvetanova, CEO and Co-Founder, BLITAB Technology GmbH Michela Magas, Founder, Stromatolite Edward-Isaac Dovere, Chief Washington Correspondent, POLITICO
Claudia Husemann is Senior Director of Strategic Communications for the Markle Foundation. She and her team develop and execute communications campaigns to advance the work of the Foundation and its workforce initiatives, Skillful and the Rework America Task Force. She is intent on shifting public perceptions to help people see the value, variety and increasing sophistication of skilled work and the pathways to secure these good jobs. With Skillful and the Rework America Task Force, she is placing skills-based principles at the heart of a national conversation on the Future of Work in order to prompt behavioral shifts among employers, educators, government and workforce development organizations to support the success of the 70% of Americans without college degrees. She brings to Markle decades of experience in strategic communications, with strengths in positioning and messaging, executive thought leadership, creative storytelling and strategic media relations. Prior to joining Markle, Claudia was a global client relationship manager at Edelman, the world’s largest communications marketing firm. Throughout her career, she has worked with market-leading companies including Microsoft, Intel and Deloitte. With Deloitte, she led the development of award-winning issues-oriented campaigns spanning twenty industry sectors from telecommunications to healthcare to retail. She began her career in Silicon Valley and has a special affinity for telling the stories of technology and its impact.