The Project on Workforce at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy is excited to announce the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's committee national workshop series on Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID 19.   Our Project Director Rachel Lipson is a member of the national committee steering this work, and along with our faculty leads Peter Blair and Bob Schwartz will be presenting at the upcoming virtual workshop focused on Greater Boston on October 14th.  The workshop runs from 12:30pm-4:30pm and you can register to attend here.  

The workshop will focus on a range of workforce topics at the nexus of the twin pandemics we are fiercely battling: our collective fight for racial equity and our public health in the midst of COVID-19.  

Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: A Virtual Workshop Series

Discussion topics at the Boston workshop include:

  • COVID and Boston’s Economic Divide: The Intersection of the Pandemic, Racial and Socioeconomic Inequality, and Access to Good Jobs in STEMM
  • Catalyzing STEMM Entrepreneurship for Economic Mobility
  • COVID Response and Workforce Transitions in Greater Boston 

In addition to Harvard affiliates, the workshop will feature a number of key national and Boston-based thought leaders on workforce including:

  •  Jerry Rubin, President and CEO of JVS Boston
  • Neil Sullivan, Executive Director of the Boston Private Industry Council
  • Christine Abrams, President and CEO, Commonwealth Corporation
  • David Delmar Senties, Founder and Executive Director of Resilient CodersLane Glenn, President, Northern Essex Community College
  • Valerie Roberson, President, Roxbury Community College
  • Tyra Anderson-Montina, Boston Site Director, Year Up
  • Joanne Pokaski, Senior Director of Workforce Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Sonia Moin, Senior Director of Urban Business Initiatives at ICIC
  • Maria Flynn, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future
  • Michelle Weise, Senior Advisor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Imaginable FuturesKaitlyn Bean, Senior Program Officer, The Boston Foundation
  • Cecilia Wessinger, Principal/ Founder, Mass Collaboration and Kauffman ESHIP Community Activator
  • Jen Faigel, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Commonwealth Kitchens

We hope to see you virtually in Boston on Wednesday 10/14, and we encourage you to tune into the other regional sessions convened by the National Academies (Richmond on 10/19, Riverside California on 10/22, Wichita Kansas on 10/30 and a National Culiminating Program on 11/10).