We all know COVID brought our beloved City to its knees. Now that it is nearing an end, we cannot revive without addressing our unacceptable employment rate. Not only do we need a recovery: this one must resolve job shortages within our historically underserved communities. But how?
At this event, our focus will be learning in depth about the issue of unemployment in New York City, in this cycle and historically, and then hearing what a panel of esteemed experts views as the optimal solutions. The goal goes beyond simply bringing down the overall unemployment rate: it is time to take proactive steps to provide an onramp to lasting careers for all our citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or any other divisive standard. We will also touch on such issues as the impact of Artificial Intelligence, automation, and other factors that will reshape the nature of work in the City. We will look at specific sectors, such as Tech and Hospitality, to assess the future outlook for jobs. After a brief discussion, the moderator will manage a conversation among the panelists and, at approximately 6:30pm, we will have Q&A with our audience.
Our panelists bring to this event experience in academia, workforce training, job creation, etc. We hope you will leave this session thinking “I get it, this problem matters to me, and now I need to figure out what I can do about it.”
To answer that question and get you thinking what you can do, we have assembled a group of five very informed panelists. Click on their links for full Bios:
Kenneth Adams assumed the role of President of LaGuardia Community College in August 2020 and was previously Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Bronx Community College.
Eli Dvorkin is the Editorial & Policy Director of the Center for an Urban Future, where he oversees the development of all publications and advances CUF’s research and recommendations on the critical policy challenges facing the city and state.
Tamar Jacoby is President of Opportunity America, a Washington-based nonprofit working to promote economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.
Jose Ortiz, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition. An accomplished New York City nonprofit leader, Jose has spent his career building and overseeing programs and initiatives at premier social sector organizations across education, leadership, innovation and workforce development.
James Parrott is Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. Parrott’s recent research focuses on the ongoing economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis in New York City, and an analysis of the magnitude of gig and other low-paid independent contract work in New York State.
Greg David, moderator, is the director of the business journalism program at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York and a contributor to THE CITY covering fiscal and economic issues. He is also director of the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the school. Greg joined THE CITY after 35 years with Crain’s New York and he appears frequently on local media including every Monday morning on Newsradio 880’s Opening Bell Report.
Participants must register by NOON on June 16th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
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