Workforce and Education Summit will reflect on past, define vision for future of work

You’re invited to the 10th annual Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit on Thursday, Dec. 3!

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the labor market and rapidly accelerated the use of technology for education and training purposes, undoubtedly shifting the way we will work and learn forever. It has also shined a spotlight on systemic racism and persistent disparities that must be addressed in order to achieve true regional prosperity.

Join us as we reflect on the past decade of education and workforce investments and initiatives to help us define our priorities and vision for creating an ecosystem where all learners excel, regardless of age, race, gender or economic status.

There is no fee to attend. This year’s event will be held virtually.

Keynote speakers

This year, we’ll have two exciting keynote speakers.

For more than a decade, Matthew Sigelman, chief executive officer for Burning Glass Technologies,
has led in harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence technologies that have cracked the genetic code of the job market.
As senior vice president and chief policy officer at Lumina Foundation, Danette G. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies to increase Americans’ attainment of high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials, including strategic work in both state and federal policy and efforts to leverage states as the drivers of credential attainment. She also leads the Foundation’s Equity First efforts to embed racial equity and justice in all aspects of Lumina’s strategic work and operations.

Breakout sessions

What works best for those seeking jobs and credentials?

Did you go back to school to get a degree or certificate but are concerned about your future career path? Has COVID-19 impacted your job and forced you to consider a change? This session will feature a discussion about tools and resources that can help adult learners navigate the system. Participants will be connected to services that can assist with setting (and keeping!) short-term and long-term goals.

The conversation will be led by Jacob Bosch, director of professional development at the International Association of Operative Millers, and will feature Keely Schneider, executive director of Workforce Partnership, and Sally Glickman, co-founder and interim CEO of The Graduate! Network.

Equity in education

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on African American people, Latino people, women and those with low income. Existing systemic inequities in school funding and access to technology and healthcare threaten to deepen the already pervasive educational divide.

Lia McIntosh, education program officer with Kauffman Foundation, will moderate the Equity in Education breakout session where we’ll discuss the urgent need to strengthen education in communities of color in the wake of this economic crisis.