(updated Feb. 7, 2016)

FEBRUARY 8-9, 2016

Day one: Monday, FEB. 8, 2016
Raleigh Conv. Center
(Registration: 7 to 8 A.m.; Program: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

morning session

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.: Welcome

Chancellor Randy Woodson
North Carolina State University

Anita Brown-Graham
Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

8:15 – 9:20 a.m.: Automation and the Future of Work

Martin Ford
New York Times Bestselling Author of
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Essential issue: How is automation eliminating jobs in every sector—even yours?

Mike Walden
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Economics, NC State University
Essential issue: How many N.C. jobs will we lose to technology?

Audience Q&A: Martin Ford and Mike Walden, moderated by Anita Brown-Graham

9:20 – 10:00 a.m.: Finding Opportunities Amidst Disruption

Robbie Allen
CEO, Automated Insights
Essential issue: How can workers adapt to the new automated economy?

Devin Fidler
Research Director, Institute for the Future
Essential issue: How can institutions adapt their organizational structures for an uncertain future?

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Creating Jobs in an Era of Technological Disruption

Bill Ackerman
Head of Human Resources, Fidelity Investments
Essential issue: How can we reimagine talent?

Dambisa Moyo
International Economist, Author and Futurist
Essential issue: How can we build the infrastructure needed to support entrepreneurship and future job creation?

Kevin Johns
Economic Development Director, Austin, Texas 
Essential issue: How Austin has reimagined economic development to address workforce and demographic challenges, so that arts and culture thrive alongside business and technology.

Audience Q&A: Bill Ackerman, Dambisa Moyo and Kevin Johns, moderated by Anita Brown-Graham

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.: Cultivating Entrepreneurship Through a Supportive Infrastructure

Spotlight: Henry Rock
Executive Director, City Startup Labs, Charlotte
Essential issue: How is City Startup using entrepreneurship to develop tomorrow’s diverse job creators?
Philip Auerswald
Author of The Coming Prosperity; Associate Professor, George Mason University

Essential issue: Why are new types of institutional relationships between private industry and government essential to healthy tech ecosystems?


12:05 – 12:35 p.m.: Lunch Break

12:35 – 1:05 p.m.: North Carolina’s Strategy to Ensure Future Prosperity

John F.A.V. Cecil (Moderator)
Chair, Institute for Emerging Issues National Advisory Board
President, Biltmore Farms LLC

Essential issue: What are key N.C. sectors doing to ensure future workforce competitiveness?

John Skvarla
Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce

Mary Grant
Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Asheville

1:05 – 1:40 p.m.: Engaging Young People in Designing Tomorrow’s Economy

2016 High School Prize for Innovation Awards Presentation

Maurice Smith
President & CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union

Spotlight: Ryan O’Donnell
CEO, Co-founder, EmployUs
Essential issue: What are the broad benefits of crowdsourcing recruitment?
Youth Entrepreneur and Tech Prodigy
Essential issue: How can we help young people pursue their tech dreams?

afternoon session

1:40 – 1:50 p.m.: Break

1:50 – 2:20 p.m.: How Will We Bring More People into the Tech Pipeline?

Spotlight: Basia Coulter
Co-leader, Girl Develop It RDU
Essential issue: How can we ensure that women and girls are pursuing careers in STEM?

Vivek Wadhwa
Technology Entrepreneur and Scholar
Essential issue: What do companies lose when they lack diversity?

2:20 – 3:25 p.m.: Re-Inventing Workforce Development

Spotlight: Paul Gage
Director, FTCC iCar Program
Essential issue: How can private industry and higher education partner more effectively to increase job placement?

Panel: Smart Adaptations for Our Workforce Development System

Matt Martin (Moderator)
Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Essential issue: What changes must we demand from our workforce development system?

Stuart Andreason
Senior Community and Economic Development Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Anya Kamenetz
Author, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

Charles Reigeluth
Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Audience Q&A: Previous Panel, Moderated by Anita Brown-Graham

3:25 – 3:35 p.m.: Break

3:35 – 4:15 p.m.: Making Policy Work for FutureWork

Panel: Developing Public Policy to Meet the Challenge of FutureWork

Tim Boyum (moderator)
Anchor, Capital Tonight, Time Warner Cable News

Essential issue: How can policy leaders help lead the way for a new model of work?

Senator Chad Barefoot
N.C. Senate, District 18

Rick Glazier
Executive Director, North Carolina Justice Center

John Hood
Chairman, John Locke Foundation; President, John William Pope Foundation

Representative Tim Moore
Speaker, N.C. House of Representatives

4:15 – 4:55 p.m.: Building a Shared FutureWork Vision for North Carolina

Panel: The Best Strategic Opportunities for North Carolina

Anita Brown-Graham (moderator)
Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

Essential issue: Combining our collective ideas and insights.

Jose Picart
Professor, NCSU College of Education; Executive Director,  The Raleigh Promise

Will Collins
Assistant Secretary, N.C. Department of Commerce; Executive Director, NCWorks

Sandra Merkel DeJames
Member, Emerging Issues Forum Working Group

Carol Moore
K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools
Incoming Director, STEM West

4:55 – 5:20 p.m.: Critical Corridors to the Economy of the Future

Alan Krueger
Former Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers
Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Essential issue: How do we prepare for the high-tech economy of the future?

5: 20 – 5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Anita Brown-Graham
Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Reception

DAY two: tuesday, FEB. 9, 2016
Iei commons, hunt library, centennial campus, ncsu
(REgistration: 7 to 8 A.m.; Program: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast for all Participants

8:00 – 8:25 a.m.: Opening Session:
A Future of Good Jobs in North Carolina: Defining Smart Strategies in Key Sectors

Work will look radically different in most sectors of the economy in the coming years. For Day Two of the Forum, we’ll give special attention to five sectors that are under particular pressure to change their business models, reimagine their workforces, and use technology to deliver increased value to their customers. These five sector-focused sessions offer an unparalleled opportunity to think strategically about how best to meet future workforce needs and continue to create good jobs for North Carolinians in decades to come. At each session, leading sector experts will join participants in examining the effects of technology on job growth and explore North Carolina’s best market opportunities for growth. Each session will develop a sector-focused strategic plan of action.

Randy Woodson
Chancellor, North Carolina State University

Anita Brown-Graham
Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

Lew Ebert
President, CEO of North Carolina Chamber

8:25 – 8:40 a.m.: Break

8:40 – 11:45 a.m.: Break Out Into Sector-Focused Leadership Hackathons

Please choose ONE session:

  • Banking & Finance
    Financial firms are facing the potential for major disruption from digital technology and tech-driven startups. Researchers project that advances in automation will eliminate many of the routine tasks performed by accountants, bookkeepers, and bank tellers; these occupations represent 10% of the state’s total projected job loss from automation. How do firms ensure their viability in this rapidly changing environment? How does the financial and banking sector maintain its role as a key job growth leader in NC?

    Featured sector experts:

    Charlene Barrett
    Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Bank of America
    Peter K. Gwaltney
    President & CEO, North Carolina Bankers Association
    Devin Fidler
    Research Director, Institute for the Future
    Tanya Scott
    Associate Dean, Business and Public Services Technologies Division
    Director, Business Analytics AAS program, Wake Technical Community College
    Scott Showalter
    Professor, Accounting, NCSU Poole School of Management
    Maurice Smith
    President/CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union


  • Education
    Education technology (“EdTech”) is projected to continue its rapid expansion, fueled by educators’ increasing adoption of emerging EdTech into classrooms and the corporate community’s huge investments in technology-based employee training. How can our educational providers prepare a future of workforce education that is increasingly automated and tech-driven? How do we foster the growth of education technology jobs in our state?

    Featured sector experts:

    Jayme Linton (Facilitator)
    Assistant Professor of Education, Lenoir-Rhyne University
    Scott Aaron
    President & Chief Operating Officer, New Horizons Education NC
    Abbie Brown
    Professor, Instructional Design/Technology, East Carolina University
    Karl Rectanus
    CEO, Lea(R)n
    Saundra Williams
    Senior Vice President and Chief of Technology, North Carolina Community College System


  • Energy
    The emerging utility model supports diverse and evolving customer needs with an information-enabled infrastructure. Customers are becoming more active participants via use of new technologies and incentives to manage energy consumption, and the decentralization of energy generation is an increasing possibility. In the energy sector, the number and type of positions needed by the traditional utility structure is uncertain, and key parts of its current workforce is aging – so the sector faces critical workforce challenges. What can utilities do now to ensure the right mix of new employees given the potential utility business model shakeup?

    Featured sector experts:
    Chris Hage
    Lead HR Consultant, Workforce Strategy, Duke Energy
    Rob Manning
    Vice President of TransmissionElectric Power Research Institute
    Andre Pettigrew
    Clean Economy Consultant
    Ivan Urlaub
    Executive Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association


  • Healthcare
    Tech-based platforms that aim to deliver big data insights to consumers, health professionals, and healthcare administrators are transforming the healthcare landscape, potentially radically altering patient treatment protocols and health promotion program design. As the healthcare sector continues to evolve, certain current jobs may be lost as new healthcare occupations emerge; the needs of North Carolina’s aging boomer population will be a key part of this equation. The combined effects of technological advances and a rapidly aging population present a unique opportunity for job growth in North Carolina. How do we anticipate the impacts of emerging technologies on our state’s healthcare sector? How do we prepare for the transition in the healthcare sector to accommodate new occupations and transitions?

    Featured sector expert:
    Thomas Aldridge
    Manager, Public Consulting Group Health
    Carol Lewis

    Associate Director, UNC Innovation and Health Care System Transformation
    Susan Jackson
    Vice President, Health Delivery Redesign, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina


  • Government/Smart Communities
    Connectivity and smart systems are transforming our community spaces and local government functions. What is the strategy for ensuring a properly skilled public sector workforce ready to drive optimal outcomes? Automation may eliminate municipal service jobs, but other opportunities will emerge for those who develop and implement new smart community technologies.

    Featured sector experts:

    Jason Hibbets

    Community Manager,;
    Senior Community Evangelist in Corporate Marketing, Red Hat
    Reg Javier
    Associate Manager, Public Consulting Group
    Kevin G. Leonard
    Executive Director, NC Association of County Commissioners 
    Steve Wysmuller
    Leading, Smart Cities Solutions, IBM


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Break

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Closing Session: Sector Summaries and Plan of Action

Anita Brown-Graham
Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

John F.A.V. Cecil
Chair, Institute for Emerging Issues National Advisory Board
President, Biltmore Farms, LLC

We wish to thank the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for graciously presenting the following panel:

Re-imagining the U.S. Workforce Development System