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Lack of access to quality jobs is a key contributor to widespread economic insecurity and the inability to pursue economic mobility. Race, gender, and place all play a critical role in who has access to quality work and economic mobility. Workforce development has long recognized the importance of a quality job to a person’s life and has well-developed tools and strategies for preparing people to succeed in quality jobs. But what role can workforce leaders play on the demand side of the labor market equation to improve the odds that a quality job will be there for a qualified worker?
This conversation explores how workforce development leaders can encourage improved job quality in their communities. In this conversation we hear from innovators from different types of organizations and engaged in very different local labor markets. We consider the role workforce organizations play with respect to influencing public systems, incentivizing changed business practice, empowering worker constituencies, and leveraging their own organizational practices. Our session emphasizes tools, tips, and lessons learned – and tackles questions from you!
This webinar is the third in our Job Quality in Practice webinar series. The panel includes:
- Mandy Townsend: Vice President of Employer Engagement, JVS Boston; Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow
- Janice Urbanik: Senior Director for Innovation and Strategy, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
- Brooke Valle: Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership
- Caryn York: Chief Executive Officer, Job Opportunities Task Force; Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow
- Moderator: Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program
The Job Quality in Practice series is designed to support practitioners across fields – including workforce development, economic development, capital deployment, policy, worker advocacy, and business – to address job quality in their work. Webinars will share actionable tools and approaches, highlight leading practitioners’ work, and create connections across disciplines.
We are grateful to Prudential Financial for its support of our Job Quality in Practice webinar series and our ongoing efforts to advance a job quality field of practice.
Other Webinars in This Series
- Assessing Job Quality and Equity in Your Local Labor Market: A Closer Look at Race, Gender, and Place
- To Boost Job Quality, Money Matters: Practical Tools for Engaging Investors and Lenders Toward Change
- Job Quality in the Age of COVID-19: Strengthening Frontline Management and Supporting Workers
- Worker Organizations Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis
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