Watch this forum live on October 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will host a forum in partnership with the Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program that will explore strategies for improving the quality of lower wage workers' jobs in addition to creating opportunities for career advancement. 


The forum is part of the Aspen's Institute's Working in America series on the changing nature of work.

A good job has long been the foundation for both financial stability and economic mobility. However, labor markets are changing. Of the 30 occupations expected to have the largest growth in the next decade, 23 will require a high school diploma or less. In addition to lower wages, these jobs, in industries such as home healthcare, retail sales, food preparation and service, often have irregular hours, limited benefits and limited opportunities for advancement.

Panelists will discuss the importance and advantages to both workers and employers for shifting employment and workforce strategies to focus on "building ladders and raising the floor."

Panelists include: 

  • Lisa Falcone, Director, Working Bridges Project, United Way of Northwest Vermont
  • Adrienne Smith, Chief Executive Officer, New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition
  • Walter Smith, Vice President, Human Resources, QuikTrip
  • Jon Willis, Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (moderator)

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