Workforce Development: Empowerment Through Partnership

On October 7, 2015, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) hosted a thought-leadership event titled, "Workforce Development: Empowerment Through Partnership," at the New York Marriott Marquis. Two panels featuring top experts from government, industry, and education, discussed the current job market, the plight of the underemployed and the unemployed, and the ways in which they could partner to create educational and employment opportunities that would benefit all New Yorkers. During the event, NYUSPS—known for its innovation in professionally focused, industry based education—announced a bold, new non-degree educational initiative, Professional Pathways, which will serve professionals who are already established in their fields, as well as those who are unemployed and underemployed.

Panel One: Economic Growth and Prosperity: Those Who Benefit and Those Who Are Left Behind

  • Steven Greenhouse, former labor and workplace reporter, The New York Times (moderator)
  • James Brown, NYC labor analyst, NYS Department of Labor
  • Jeff Livingston, educational policy expert
  • Marshall Steinbaum, research economist, Center for Equitable Growth

Panel Two: Workforce Development and Job Training–Building Partnerships That Provide Access and Opportunity for All

  • Lauren Weber, reporter, The Wall Street Journal (moderator)
  • Richard Constable III, senior vice president, government relations and commercial contracts, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
  • Steve Fiehl, chief innovation officer, CrossKnowledge
  • Katy Gaul-Stigge, executive director, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development
  • Michelle A. Henry, vice president, global philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Stacy Martinet, chief marketing officer, Mashable, Inc.
  • Deborah A. Santiago, co-founder, chief operating officer and vice president of policy, Excelencia in Education

Keynote Luncheon

  •  Danielle Moss Lee, chief executive officer, YWCA of the City of New York