Looking Back at the Power Forward Summit

On December 9, 2016, KentuckianaWorks, 55K and GLI, sponsored Power Forward, the Louisville Region Education and Workforce Summit. The summit, which was attended by over 250 people, picked up on last year’s call to accelerate progress with two main themes:

  • Making stronger connections between education and employers. Keynote speakers included Peter Cappelli, professor of Management at The Wharton School (Penn) and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, and Dr. Kate Ziemer, Associate Vice Provost of Curriculum and Professor of Chemical engineering at Northeastern University. Cappelli is also the author of Will College Pay Off?: A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make, and his presentation called for a “shorter supply chain” between employers and higher education. Ziemer’s presentation explored Northeastern University’s Co-op Program for cooperative education and career development which integrates rigorous classroom study with real-world experiences to create a self-directed learning pathway for students.  KentuckianaWorks’ Career Calculator and SummerWorks programs were also highlighted.
  • Tackling policies and practices to improve equity in student outcomes. Presentations on the Tennessee Promise, Redlining Louisville, and concentrated poverty in Louisville explored the historic policies and current realities of inequity, and potential solutions.

View the presentations from our speakers below. (In chronological order)

Peter Cappelli – Meeting the human capital challenges of the business community

Mary Gwen Wheeler – Fast Forward to Power Forward

Michael Gritton – KentuckianaWorks Career Calculator

Haley Glover – What the data says about employer investments in their employees’ education

Rob Lauber – Changing lives through employee education

Paul Diaz – The importance and opportunity of youth employment

Kate Derrick – The Tennessee Promise and what it could mean for Kentucky

John Marshall – How JCPS is helping every student to succeed

Kate Ziemer – How universal co-ops have transformed Northeastern University

Andrew Melin – Career Readiness in Clark County Schools

Lilly Massa-McKinley – Bellarmine’s promise to get an internship for every student who wants one


Please check back in as we add more presentations from our speakers.


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