The United States Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting | Markle | Advancing America's Future

The United States Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting

Type: Panel Discussion

Date: Jun 24 2017

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Miami, FL

Moderator: Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento; Chair, USCM Jobs, Education and the Workforce Standing Committee
Richard Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque
Beth Cobert, CEO, Skillful, The Markle Foundation
Jason Botel, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Juan Garcia, Amazon’s Global Leader for Career Advancement

Automation, AI and the Future Workforce of America’s Cities: Solutions for Creating a Skills-Based Labor Market

As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. Will well- trained and skilled workers be able to keep pace with the efficiency gains of artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation?

The private sector, philanthropy and Mayors are rising to the challenge through investments in initiatives and approaches that rapidly train currently displaced workers and youth for emerging high wage, high growth jobs. Several policy and market-based solutions have been promoted to address the loss of employment and wages forecast by technologists and economists including: supporting the adoption of micro credentials and digital badges that enhance employers capacity to institute skills-based hiring practices to provide increased access to talent, aligning employers needs and educator curriculum through student internships and teacher externships so that instructors can teach in demand skills and young people are ready for entry level careers, and using data and technology platforms to facilitate displaced workers find training that can support them in the search for their next career.