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Workforce Development and Advanced Industries in Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 7 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

You are invited to join Microsoft, the Brookings Institution, the University City Science Center, and prominent leaders from the Philadelphia business, civic, and nonprofit community for a dynamic conversation about the opportunities and gaps in Philadelphia’s workforce.

Continued technological advancement means that increasingly, the impacts of digitization are reaching into all sectors of the economy, and many different types of occupations. This raises important challenges for firms, workers, policy makers, and educators, all of whom are grappling with the progress and texture of these trends. At the same time, the demand for a digitally-equipped workforce may be creating new and different avenues into high-quality jobs, particularly for young people who may not follow conventional pathways toward a four-year university degree.

Learn what Brookings has discovered via their research on workforce development and advanced industries in Philadelphia, and what our esteemed panelists have to say about how this impacts economic growth. In response, Microsoft will discuss the role that increased access to the Cloud and digital skills can play in building your local economy. Join us in this discussion about Microsoft’s promising new programs and initiatives to expand access for increased economic prosperity for all.

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11:30am Registration and lunch
12:00pm Welcome Remarks

Saul Behar, Vice President and General Counsel, University City Science Center

D.P. Brightful, General Manager, Mid-Atlantic States, Microsoft

12:10pm Advanced Industries – Providing Access for Economic Development and Opportunity

Mark Muro, Senior Fellow & Policy Director, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program

12:35pm Microsoft’s Commitment to Workforce Development

Thomas Dawkins, Director, Office of Workforce Development, Microsoft

12:50pm Panel Discussion + Audience Q&A
1:50pm Closing
2:00pm Networking/Departures


Wednesday, June 7
11:30 am - 2:00 pm


PHL Reactor
3711 Market Street, 1st floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States