Amid seismic economic shifts, workers and families have experienced highs and lows. The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a once-in-a-lifetime economic shock, followed by a robust government response to stabilize the economy. Nearly three years later, a tight labor market has led to historic wage growth and better jobs—particularly for workers earning low wages. Inflation, however, has undermined these gains, and policies to control prices could lead to higher unemployment. Longer-term trends such as income inequality, automation, climate change, and demographic shifts pose uncertainty for the present and future of work.
And yet, with transformation comes opportunity. We invite you to join WorkRise and its partners for a virtual conference to explore the challenge and promise of the current moment, innovative policies and practices aimed at improving job quality and economic mobility, and creative, cross-sector solutions that are turning risk into resilience so that workers, businesses, and communities can thrive. Each day will be anchored around a specific theme, and leaders and doers from our stakeholder networks, including workers, employers, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and advocates, will share actionable insights and solutions to navigate the road ahead. Workers will also share reflections on their experiences with economic uncertainty and their hopes about the future.
This conference is relevant to employers and business leaders, talent professionals, service and training providers, worker advocates, program administrators, policymakers, and all changemakers working to support economic mobility in the labor force. Members of the news media covering workforce, labor markets, and the economy will find new ideas and important context to shape coverage of these topics. We invite attendees to apply lessons from the event to their own work in advancing workers’ economic mobility through policy, practice, and partnerships.
Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Andre Dickens, Mayor, City of Atlanta
Maria Flynn, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future
Todd Greene, Executive Director, WorkRise, and Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
Don Howard, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation
Michael McAfee, President and CEO, PolicyLink
Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
Alexander Wickman Bartik, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Kristen Broady, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Kimberly Brown, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Elizabeth Cheung, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Kristen Harknett, Professor, Social Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Holder, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Elisabeth Jacobs, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Erin L. Kelly, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
Julian D. Miller, Director, Reuben V. Anderson Center for Justice, Tougaloo College
Sarah Miller, Principal Adviser for Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Jake Rosenfeld, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis
Kimberly Shin, Managing Director, FSG Talent Rewire
Shayne Spaulding, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Carl E. Van Horn, Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Tracy Wareing-Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Public Human Services Association
Additional speakers to be announced.
Families and Workers Fund
Jobs for the Future
Rework America Alliance, a Markle Initiative