Conference: 21st Century Tech Talent and the American Economic Edge

  • When Nov 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM (America/New_York / UTC-500)
  • Where Center for Strategic and International Studies - 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) competencies are becoming critical in all professions and at all levels, even traditionally blue-collar work in the manufacturing, construction, and healthcare sectors.  

On November 14, Penn State University’s Center for Global Business Studies (CGBS) at the Smeal College of Business and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a half-day conference addressing the demand for STEM skills in the U.S. workforce titled “21st Century Tech Talent and the American Economic Edge” in Washington, D.C.

Following opening remarks by Dean Charles H. Whiteman of Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, Dr. Fariborz Ghadar, Founding Director of CGBS, provided an overview of the issues at hand. The conference featured two panel discussions addressing STEM’s expanding role in the workforce and professional development as well as the need to attract and retain foreign-born STEM specialists in the face of increasing competition from other nations.

Distinguished panelists included Jim Boland, Chairman of Jobs Ohio and Vice Chairman Emeritus of Ernst & Young; Laura Kohler, Senior VP of Human Resources and Stewardship at Kohler; David Cranmer, Deputy Director for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Laura Dawson, Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center Canada program; and Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute.

We at the CGBS thank you for joining us in exploring STEM’s profound implications for globalization, policy, and business.

Fariborz Ghadar
The William A. Schreyer Chair of Global Management, Policies and Planning
Founding Director of Center of Global Business Studies