Education & Workforce Virtual Conference
The North Carolina Chamber presents The Education & Workforce Virtual ConferenceNorth Carolina’s CEOs say their number one concern is the availability of skilled talent. They are ever more aware of the need for effective education systems at all levels to ensure students are prepared for the 21st-century global marketplace. This conference brings together educators and business leaders to share ideas and collaborate on the roles each can play in ensuring the state’s students are college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
Educators may be eligible to earn continuing education credits for attending. Please check with your LEA for approval.
Here's a look at the conference agenda:
|8:05 am||Attendees Admitted to Conference|
|8:15 am||Opening Remarks
- Debra Derr, Director of Government Affairs, NC Chamber
|8:30 am||The Future of Jobs in North Carolina: The Impacts of COVID-19
- Dr. Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
|9:00 am||Networking Break|
|9:10 am||Protecting a Future Talent Pipeline after COVID-19: Increasing 3rd-Grade Reading Proficiency - With early literacy rates stagnating in North Carolina and exacerbated by COVID-19, learn how the business community is working to strengthen the foundations for third-grade reading proficiency, including increasing access to the NC Pre-K program and ensuring the effectiveness of early literacy instruction.
Sepi Saidi, CEO, SEPI, Inc.
Trey Rabon, President, AT&T North Carolina
Dr. Anthony Graham, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Winston-Salem State University
Moderator: Dr. Ann Bullock, Dean, College of Education, Elon University
|9:55 am||Networking Break|
|10:05 am||Aligning the Skills Needs of Business with Education Post COVID-19
As the state begins its recovery from COVID-19, increasing education attainment aligned with the needs of business is more urgent than ever. Learn how North Carolina businesses are engaging with education sectors to determine and develop the credentials and degrees needed for the post-pandemic jobs of the future through regional, industry sector, and economic development efforts.
Dedra Flournoy, Vice President, Human Resources, Merchant Distributors, LLC
Lisa Lassiter, Administrator of Health Careers, Vidant Health
Cassi Zumbiel, Director, Workforce Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Moderator: Leslie Walden, Vice President, Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments
|11:05 am||Networking Break|
|11:15 am||Increasing Educational Attainment after COVID-19 - Overnight, COVID-19 changed the face of education-how students will learn content, interact with teachers, and engage in activities that develop them into adults. Learn how our education sectors, from P-12, community colleges, and four-year universities envision the changes to our education system.
J.B. Buxton, Member, NC State Board of Education, and President, Durham Technical Community College
Dr. Andrew Kelly, Senior VP for Strategy and Policy, UNC System
Dr. David Stegall, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation, NC Department of Public Instruction
A. Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Moderator: Lynne Barbour, Regional Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Western Governors University North Carolina
|12:15 am||Closing Remarks|