Agenda

Forum Agenda

 

Welcome | 8:30 – 8:50 a.m. 

Speakers:
• Jack Cecil  |  Biltmore Farms LLC & Chair, IEI National Advisory Board
• Leslie Boney  |  Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

 

Opening | 8:55 – 9:05 a.m. 

Speaker:
• Alicia James  |  Policy and Program Manager, Institute for Emerging Issues

 

Community Feature | Charlotte Leading on Opportunity | 9:10 – 9:55 a.m.

In 2014, economist Raj Chetty released an intergenerational mobility study with findings that ranked Charlotte 50th in a list of 50 metro areas, nationwide, for improved economic mobility. Results indicated that children born into the lowest income quintile experienced limited opportunities to improve economic outcomes by the time they reached adulthood. Learn how the City of Charlotte responded to their last-place ranking and mobilized to create cross-sector partnerships and collaborative infrastructure within their community to promote opportunity access for all residents.  

Speakers:
Brian Collier  |  Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas
James Ford  |  Co-Chair, Leading on Opportunity

 

State Feature | Tennessee Reconnect | 10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Wages are largely driven by education attainment, and obtaining a postsecondary degree or credential is a critical pathway to career-based economic opportunity. We will highlight a national model, Tennessee Reconnect, that promotes adult higher education through focus on improving recruitment, retention and completion rates of adult learners. Tennessee Reconnect is an example of an applied, state-wide effort to connect the labor force’s need for skill-enhancement with employer needs for a well-trained talent pipeline. Learn how to strategically engage government, education, workforce and employers, and discover how aligned mutual interests can improve economic prospects for individuals, communities and the state’s economy. 

Speakers:
Honorable D. Craig Horn |  North Carolina House of Representatives (Union)
Mike Krause  |  Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation The College System of Tennessee

 

Networking Break | 10:25 – 10:45 a.m.

 

Education Innovations | 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Hear about successful education programs that engage non-traditional students throughout their academic journeys by providing guidance and resources that accommodate the needs of adult learners. These programs also connect students with supportive assistance to remove non-academic barriers so they’re able to maintain economic stability and complete their education. The conversation also includes policy leaders from the public university and community college systems who will reflect upon application and scalability at their respective institutions. 

Speakers:
• Sarah Crawford  |  National Director of Partnerships and Programs, Single Stop
• Peter Hans  |  President, North Carolina Community College System
• Andrew Kelly, Ph.D.  |  Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy, University of North Carolina System
• Laura Colson McLean, Ed.D.  |  Dean, Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, Johnson C. Smith University
• Mebane Rash  |  CEO and Editor-in-Chief, EducationNC

Lunch | 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Governor’s Address | 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

Introduction:
Honorable James B. Hunt  |  Former Governor, State of North Carolina 
Speaker:
Roy Cooper  |  Governor, State of North Carolina 

 

Supportive Community Networks | 1:35 – 2:35 p.m. 

Discover how two community-based organizations, with proven track records of successful outcomes, apply a holistic model of support services to local residents in order to remove barriers that keep people in economically vulnerable positions. These organizations intervene to promote economic security for community members so their basic needs are met, and they can pursue education and job training that will prepare them to compete for economic opportunities that offer pathways to higher earnings and career advancement. 

Speakers:
Michelle Gethers-Clark  |  President & CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro
Carol Hardison  |  Chief Executive Officer, Crisis Assistance Ministry
David Hollars  |  Executive Director, Centralina Workforce Development Board
• Tara K. Myers  |  Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
• Travis Mitchell  |  Chief Content Officer, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina

 

Networking Break | 2:40 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Employer Perspective | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Learn how corporate employers created workforce development and career advancement opportunities for new and existing employees.  The group will outline the private sectors’ role in promoting opportunity pathways, and identify strategies to facilitate workforce investments that support career seekers’ transition into enhanced employment prospects. 

Speakers:
Stephen De May  |  North Carolina President, Duke Energy
• MC Belk Pilon  |  President & Board Chair, John M. Belk Endowment

• Gary Salamido  |  President & CEO, NC Chamber
• Jerome Williams, Jr., M.D.  |  Vice President of Consumer Engagement, Novant Health

 

Community Applications | 4:05 – 4:50 p.m. 

As part of the ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity forum, the Institute for Emerging Issues chose five communities to tell their story of economic opportunity: What they’re doing and what’s working to improve community connections in their part of North Carolina. We chose five diverse initiatives each focused on successful efforts to connect adult, lower-income earners to information or services related to sustainable-wage employment, effective skill-enhancing training models and employer-supported initiatives.

The Five Community Initiatives are:

 

Closing | 4:55 – 5:15 p.m.

Speakers:
Reginald Bean  |  Vice President of Culture, Engagement and Stewardship, Coca-Cola Consolidated

Moving to Action | 5:20 – 5:30 p.m. 

• Jack Cecil  |  Biltmore Farms LLC & Chair, IEI National Advisory Board
• Leslie Boney  |  Director, Institute for Emerging Issues


*Audience Engagement will be integrated into all aspects of the forum even if not explicitly stated in this template. We will encourage speakers/keynotes/panelists to ask questions of the audience or have them engage in table-top discussions.