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.