Building Ladders and Raising the Floor: Improving Employment and Economic Opportunities for Frontline Workers

October 25, 2016

Join us for a luncheon forum to explore strategies for improving the quality of lower wage workers' jobs in addition to creating opportunities for career advancement.


About this event

The forum will be held on October 25 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in partnership with the Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program as part of their 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 our 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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Audience

Who should attend?

Leaders and staff of workforce development boards, community and economic development organizations, community colleges, workforce readiness programs, chambers of commerce and employers

Event details

Date Time Location
October 25, 2016 12:30 p.m. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Registration

The workshop is offered at no charge, although registration is required.

Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016

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Watch Parties

Several Federal Reserve Banks and other organizations will host local events to participate in the forum via video conference. Information about locations and registration will be posted here as it becomes available. Please contact the location directly for more information about a specific event. 

Atlanta – Stuart Andreason, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Cincinnati – Bonnie Blankenship, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 
Cleveland – Kyle Fee, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Dallas – Elizabeth Sobel Blum, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Denver – Ariel Cisneros, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
El Paso – Lupe Mares, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Nashville – Emily Mitchell, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
New York City – Nicole Dewey, The Financial Clinic
Omaha – Dell Gines, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Contact Information

Steven Shepelwich
Senior Community Development Adviser
405-270-8675

Agenda

12:30 - 1 p.m. Luncheon

1 - 1:15 p.m. Welcome and Overview
Tammy Edwards, Vice President Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Vickie Choitz, Associate Director, Economic Opportunities Program, Aspen Institute

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion Lisa Falcone, Director, Working Bridges Project, United Way of Northwest Vermont
Adrienne Smith, CEO of 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)

2:30 p.m. Bringing it Home: Facilitated discussions on regional opportunities for job quality initiatives

3:30 p.m. Closing

All times are CST