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Pathways to Progress: Workforce Strategies for Missouri Young Adults

June 24 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am CDT

A group of diverse female professionals listed as a panel who will be discussing workforce strategies targeted for Missouri young adults.

Join the St. Louis Fed’s Community Development department to discuss strategies for better connecting Missouri young adults to the workforce.

Hear from community organizations and others from across the state who have deployed successful approaches to addressing many of the challenges that hinder young adults from engaging more fully with the labor market, such as those involving housing, transportation and child care. Speakers will share how they are working together and building partnerships to expand workforce opportunities for Missouri’s young adults.

The event will feature the following speakers:

  • Julie Carter, director of Missouri Workforce Development, will discuss the present and future of Missouri’s workforce.
  • Neelu Panth, regional outreach manager at the St. Louis Fed, will discuss key findings and trends from the workforce roundtables hosted by the St. Louis Fed in 2023.
  • Nicole Summers-Gabr, a senior researcher at the St. Louis Fed, will share data and analysis on labor market outcomes.

Following the presentations, MU Health Care Director of Belonging and Community Impact Nikki Carter will moderate a panel discussion and Q&A session with the following panelists, who will share promising approaches to young adult workforce engagement.

  • Elizabeth Shelton, executive director, United Way of Southeast Missouri 
  • Esther Shin, president and CEO, Urban Strategies Inc. 
  • Robin Phillips, executive director, Child Care Aware of Missouri 

Boxed lunches will be provided after the program.

You will have an opportunity to submit questions for a Q&A session in advance during the registration process. There is no charge to attend this event, but registration by June 17 is required.



9:30 am CT


10:00 am CT


Michael Eggleston, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

10:05 am – 10:25 am CT

Missouri Roundtable Findings and Insights on the Labor Market for Young Adults

Neelu Panth and Nicole Summers-Gabr, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

10:25 am – 10:45 am CT

Keynote: The State of Workforce Development in Missouri

Julie Carter, Missouri Workforce Development

10:45 am – 11:30 am CT

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Local community leaders sharing strategies to overcome workforce barriers among young adults

1 Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri 63102 United States
(314) 444-8444
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