Monday, February 22, 2016

Register today for March 7 panel discussion on Optimizing Talent

JobsFirstNYC and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program invite you to attend a panel discussion on our latest publication!

Optimizing Talent: 
The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers

Sheila Maguire
Sheila Maguire Consulting (author)

Maureen Conway
Vice President, The Aspen Institute
Executive Director, The Economic Opportunities Program

Laurie Dien
Vice President - Programs, The Pinkerton Foundation
Additional panelists to be announced.

March 7, 2016  -  9:30-11:30 a.m.
The Conference Center
130 East 59th Street, Room 710, New York, NY 10022

About the Event:

Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers (2016), written by Sheila Maguire and released early February by JobsFirstNYC and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) explores the question: How can sector strategies be most effectively applied to young adult workforce development programming? 

Building on years of research at the Aspen Institute and considering the implications of Tuning In to Local Labor Markets: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study report issued by Public/Private Ventures in 2010, Optimizing Talent also lifts up early lessons learned from the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) - a pilot project specific to this work that JobsFirstNYC launched in 2013.

About the Author:
Sheila Maguire, Consultant, Sheila Maguire Consulting, has been offering consulting services to non profit organizations, foundations and government agencies to develop workforce development service delivery strategies that are based on research about promising or proven practice and grounded in an understanding of organizational and programmatic implementation issues. Her areas of expertise include: Program design; organizational change; group facilitation and consensus building; staff training and leadership development; strategic planning; partnership development; using data to improve performance; evaluation strategies; workforce strategies including sectoral employment; community college programming; replication; technical assistance and capacity building.

Guest Panelists:
Maureen Conway, Vice President, the Aspen Institute, Executive Director, the Economic Opportunities Program, leads a team of researchers and consultants in a variety of initiatives to identify and advance strategies that help low-income Americans gain ground in today's labor market. She is a nationally recognized expert in sectoral workforce development and has been quoted in a variety of news media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Journal and National Public Radio's Market Place. Under her leadership, EOP's Workforce Strategies Initiative has investigated the outcomes of sectoral workforce development, provided innovation seed grants to leading programs in order to illuminate promising practices and explored key operating features of programs in specific industry sectors. 

Laurie Dien, Vice President --- Programs, the Pinkerton Foundation, has a special fondness for programs that provide career exploration for all young people and education and employment opportunities for those who are out of work and out of school. Some of this work includes the Science Research Mentoring Consortium, an initiative currently in its third year --- now known as the Pinkerton Science Scholars Program --- that offers intensive science training and one-on-one mentoring in an authentic laboratory research project to talented high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project and the partnerships that have developed from it, which promote the importance of sector employment strategies for young adults. And the Youth Development Institute's Community Education Pathways to Success, a blended approach that helped young adults with low-literacy skills attain their HSE. More than a decade ago, Laurie was instrumental in the founding of the Career Internship Network, a source of education and professional development opportunities for organizations that offer internships to thousands of high school students each year.

We look forward to seeing you on March 7!

Louis Miceli

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