Overlooked America – Building Jobs and Tech Skills
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
EVENT: The pandemic has amplified technology’s role as a catalyst for vast economic change. Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez called it “a step-change,” noting, “We have now seen the arrival of that new digital economy at scale, and that will hurt employment, it will put some workers out of a job.”
Agriculture and the food processing industry account for 22 million U.S. jobs. Only 6 percent of those workers were able to telework during this pandemic. That’s compared to 57 percent of professional and technical service workers .
What can we as a society do to reskill these overlooked workers and others in small towns that once were manufacturing centers? How do we embrace a future that is “less about a diploma … and more about skills?” How can under and unemployed workers retrain as the economy transforms from physical labor to knowledge?
Former Secretary Carlos Gutierrez will share his ideas for building jobs and technical skills across America in conversation with Laura Dawson, Principle Program Manager (Americas), Amazon Web Services Institute on Thursday, November 24.
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta thanks its partners, Amazon Web Services, 1901 Group, EmPath, AWS re/Start, and the World Affairs Councils of America for making this program possible.
• Carlos Gutierrez, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
• Tejas Vashi, Global Leader, AWS re/Start
• Brendan Walsh, SVP, Partner Relations, 1901 Group
• Laura Dawson, Principle Program Manager (Americas), Amazon Web Services Institute
When: Tuesday, November, 24, 2020; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | Where: Online via Zoom
This program is complimentary for all.
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta is a nonpartisan membership-supported organization affiliated with Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.
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