Event Speakers

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Gary Bolles – Chair for the Future of Work, Singularity University
Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of work and the future of learning. His focus is on the strategies for helping individuals, organizations, communities, and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital work economy. 


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Maureen Conway – Vice President for Policy Programs, Aspen Institute
Maureen Conway serves as Vice President for Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and as Executive Director of the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program (EOP). Ms. Conway founded EOP’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) and has headed up workforce research at the Aspen Institute since 1999. 


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Mayor Pete Buttigieg – Mayor, City of South Bend
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the chief executive of the City of South Bend. The city’s thirty-second mayor, he was sworn into office on January 1, 2012. As mayor, Buttigieg is responsible for the city workforce of over 1,000 employees and an annual budget over $380 million. 


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Tia Hodges – Senior Program Officer, Citi Foundation
Tia Hodges is a Senior Program Officer at the Citi Foundation and leads the strategy and investments for the Youth Economic Opportunity portfolio, including the Pathways to Progress initiative in the U.S. 


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Ray Offenheiser – Director, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
Raymond C. Offenheiser leads the Pulte Institute for Global Development in its mission to promote human development and dignity among people worldwide by overseeing and developing its academic, research, and public policy activities, as well as its strategy for long-term growth. 


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Kathleen Christensen – Program Director, Working Longer Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Kathleen Christensen directs the Foundation’s Working Longer program designed to deepening scholarly and public understanding of aging Americans’ work patterns. The goal is to recognize employer practices by industry and sector, to identify obstacles to continued employment, and to understand the economic consequences for both individuals and the federal budget. 


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Ben Levine – Executive Director, MetroLab Network
Ben serves as Executive Director of MetroLab Network, having initially served as Interim Director of the organization following its launch. Prior to that role, Ben served as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for policy development pertaining to state and local government finance, with a particular focus on infrastructure policy. 


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Bertina Ceccarelli – Chief Executive Officer, NPower
Bertina Ceccarelli joined NPower as Chief Executive Officer in May, 2016. NPower is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. 


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Naguib Attia – Vice President of Global University Programs, IBM
Dr. Naguib Attia is the Vice President of IBM’s Global University Programs. He is responsible for setting up IBM academic relations strategy, creating next generation global technical training programs in collaboration with universities, research institutions, and manage the overall award programs budgets. 


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Marcela Escobari – Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Marcela Escobari is a senior fellow in the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, where she is leading the Workforce of the Future Initiative. She spent the last year of President Obama’s administration as Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. 


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Mayor Christopher Cabaldon – Mayor, City of West Sacramento
Christopher Cabaldon became the first mayor directly elected by West Sacramento voters in November 2004; he was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. 


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Sharon Block – Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Sharon Block is the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. The Labor and Worklife Program is Harvard’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work an dits implications for society. 


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Chauncy Lennon – Vice President, the Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation
Workforce expert and New York-based leader in corporate philanthropy, Chauncy Lennon joined Lumina Foundation in the newly created role of vice president for the future of learning and work in 2018, helping build out new ideas to advance the foundation’s attainment agenda. 


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Lorrie Meyer – Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development, Cummins
Lorrie Meyer is committed to ensuring Cummins’ leadership culture and leadership behaviors are brought to life through the more consistent application of tools and processes across all businesses, regions and employee types. 


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Rick Wartzman – Director, KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society, Drucker Institute
Rick served as Executive Director of the Drucker Institute from its founding in 2007 until early 2016. He has also written about management and leadership for Fortune, Time, Forbes and Businessweek, and he currently writes about the world of work for Fast Company. 


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Lawrence Mishel – Distinguished Fellow and Former President, Economic Policy Institute
Lawrence Mishel is a distinguished fellow at EPI after serving as president from 2002–2017. Mishel first joined EPI in 1987 as research director. In the more than three decades he has been with EPI, Mishel has helped build it into the nation’s premier research organization focused on U.S. living standards and labor markets. 


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Santiago Garces – Director of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh
Santiago “Santi” Garces is the Director of the Department of Innovation and Performance for the City of Pittsburgh, which aims to “deliver strategic technology services and support to all city departments, foster technology innovation in city government and the broader community, and facilitate efficient and effective city services by supporting data-driven decision making and continuous process improvement.” 


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Brooks Rainwater – Senior Executive and Director, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities
Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment. 


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Stephen Wroblewski – Business Strategy Senior Manager, Accenture Strategy
Stephen is a detail oriented individual who understands the importance of understanding the customer’s service expectations in today’s economy. In his professional career, Stephen has managed not just large and diverse teams, but also aligned multi-faceted teams together towards understanding organizational goals. 


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Scott Appleby – Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs
Scott Appleby (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985) is the Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Appleby, a professor of history at Notre Dame, is a scholar of global religion who has been a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994. 


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Christopher Adkins – Executive Director, Deloitte Center of Ethical Leadership
Christopher Adkins is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Management & Organization Department and the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center of Ethical Leadership. 


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James Sullivan – Co-Founder, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
James Sullivan, Ph.D., is the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a visiting scholar at the National Poverty Center and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. His research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state, and local level. 


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Andrew Stettner – Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Andrew Stettner is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. His career as a non-profit leader spans 20 years of experience modernizing workforce protections and social insurance programs at every level, including community organizing, research, policy, and program development. 


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Brian Wiebe – Executive Director, Horizon Education Alliance
Brian worked as an educator for 25 years in early childhood, middle school, high school, and higher education as teacher and administrator, serving for 10 years as Executive Director of the Goshen College Music Center. Prior to leadership at Goshen College, he taught at Central Christian School in Kidron, Ohio and at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. 


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Mark Muro – Senior Fellow and Policy Director, The Brookings Institution
Mark Muro leads the Metropolitan Policy Program’s advanced and inclusive economy activities. He is an expert on regional technology ecosystems, digitalization, and economic development and has published extensively on advanced industries, manufacturing, innovation, automation, digital trends, energy, and regional development issues. 


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Cooper Martin – Director of Sustainability and Solutions, National League of Cities
Cooper Martin is an expert in sustainable urban policy and non-profit program management. He currently serves as the director of Sustainability & Solutions within the Center for City Solutions at the National League of Cities, where he works with mayors, council members and other local leaders throughout the U.S. to catalyze, support and celebrate city-led sustainability efforts. 


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Tracy Graham – Founder and Managing Principal, Graham Allen Partners
Tracy is the Founder and Managing Principal of Graham Allen Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in investing in, and building, technology and technology-enabled companies. He leverages his long history of successfully acquiring and operating businesses to provide strategic and operational support to a growing portfolio of small and middle-market companies. 


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Matthew Poland – Senior Program Manager, JFF
Matthew A. Poland is a senior program manager for JFF, working to solve future of work dilemmas such as how education and workforce organizations can adjust to the impacts that automation and what new strategies will work best to support workers in the gig economy. He also specializes in work-based learning, business engagement and career pathway development. 


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Dan Peate – Founder and Managing Director, Peate Ventures
Dan Peate is Founder and General Partner of Peate ventures. He is also the Founder of Avinew and was Founder and CEO of Hixme. Dan has previously held senior executive roles at Arthur J. Gallagher and Aon. He sits on the boards of Avinew, CardiacDirect and Boom Studios. 


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Chandra Childers – Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Chandra Childers is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) where she conducts original research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research uses an intersectional lens to examine women’s and men’s employment, earnings, and job quality, how technology (automation/AI/digitalization) impacts their labor market experiences now and in the future, and issues and concerns for women and girls of color. 


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Marcus Courtney – Principal, Courtney Public Affairs
With more than 15 years of experience working with legislators, media and unions in understanding the intersection between policy in the areas of labor and technology with an ability to create a rhythm to advance goals across teams and manage coalitions to achieve high impact results. 


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Molly Martin – Director, New America Indianapolis
Molly G. Martin is the director of New America Indianapolis—a National Network hub launched in 2017 to focus on the innovative grassroots solutions Hoosiers are developing to make the Circle City more livable, resilient, and equitable. 


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David Kusnet – Senior Writer, Podesta Group
David Kusnet was chief speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton during the 1992 campaign and the first two years of the Clinton Administration, as well as a speechwriter for former Democratic presidential nominees Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. He has written speeches for other leaders from governmental, political, labor, business, education, and civil and human rights organizations. 


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Shayne Spaulding – Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
Shayne Spaulding is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on the evaluation of workforce development and postsecondary education programs. 


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Mayor John Cranley – Mayor, City of Cincinnati
Mayor John Cranley believes that being part of something bigger than oneself is how to lead a meaningful life. Inspired by family and faith, Mayor Cranley believes that public service should prioritize the common good to leave the world better than we found it while helping those who are in need. 


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Stephen Herzenberg – Executive Director, Keystone Research Center
Stephen Herzenberg is the Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center (KRC) (www.keystoneresearch.org), a Pennsylvania-based, independent, non-partisan economic research and policy organization, which also houses the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (www.pennbpc.org). Dr. Herzenberg holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. 


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Thomas G. Burish – Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, University of Notre Dame
Tom Burish was elected provost of the University of Notre Dame on July 21, 2005. He is the fourth person to hold the office since it was established in 1970. The provost, the University’s second-ranking officer, is elected by the Board of Trustees and, at the direction of the president, exercises overall responsibility for the academic enterprise. 


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Janice Zdankus – Vice President, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Janice Zdankus is Vice President, Quality in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Customer Experience and Quality team. In this role, Janice and her team are transforming the experiences customers have with HPE’s product, solutions and support information with content delivery.