Regardless of the state of the economy, New York City’s leadership – civil, corporate, academic – have the responsibility to improve the economic horizons of as many citizens as possible. Everyone should have an opportunity to grow on even a modest career trajectory. But how do we accomplish that goal? We have assembled an outstanding panel of experts to discuss this question.
Harvard Business School Professor Joseph Fuller, a noted expert on workforce development, will moderate a panel of three distinguished guests, all of whom play pivotal roles in the development and implementation of effective programs to connect NYC’s talent to promising career opportunities. At this event, we will discuss talent development goals for The City, what has been working in other localities, what new programs should be implemented here and how we can measure performance. Development of this important subject will include both a panel discussion and a Q&A with the audience.
Participants must register by NOON on September 21st 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.
Executive Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development
For over 25 years, in various capacities, Abby Jo Sigal has been committed to revitalizing New York City neighborhoods to better serve their residents. As the Founding CEO of HERE to HERE, her team aligned key stakeholders around career success goals for NYC students. She was also ED of The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, and has extensive experience in community development, public/private partnerships, impact investing and working with community-based organizations.
Previously, Abby Jo ran the Enterprise Community Partners NY market, deploying $200 million annually in equity, debt, and grants in developing and implementing programs and policy. Early in her career, she oversaw the design and development of New York City’s Hudson River Park along the West Side and launched its first Summer Youth Program. She serves on a number of Boards including the Urban Assembly and the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing.
President, LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia Community College is in Long Island City, Queens and is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Since taking the helm in 2020, President Adams has led the college’s efforts to improve student success, strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and increase government and philanthropic support.
Ken was Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Bronx Community College after serving as President and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. Before joining state government, Mr. Adams led the Business Council of New York State and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. He was Executive Director of New York Cares where he created the Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Ken is also active on a number of boards.
Assistant Commissioner for Workforce1 at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Je’Nean Jones-Seo currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce1 at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In this role, Je’Nean is responsible for leading the overall strategy, design and operations of the network of Workforce1 Career Centers across New York City. With a goal of connecting New Yorkers to quality employment, Je’Nean oversees Employer Engagement, the development and implementation of Candidate Services and manages the Community Partners Program at SBS.
In her previous role as Executive Director of Center-Based Programs, Je’Nean was responsible creating customized workforce development programs targeting Veterans, justice-involved individuals, out of school and out of work (OSOW) Youth, foreign-born New Yorkers, and the general population. Her dedication and passion to the work played an instrumental role in connecting 20,000+ New York jobseekers to opportunities across the 5 boroughs every year.
A graduate of Indiana University, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Je’Nean remains committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers have equal access to career opportunities in order to better support both themselves and their families.
Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management at HBS. Joe’s research focuses on two major topics—the changing nature of work and the evolution of the C-suite. He oversees two ongoing research projects on the future of work, the school’s Managing the Future of Work Project and Harvard University’s Project on Workforce. He was a founder, first employee and long-time CEO of Monitor Group, the global strategy consulting firm, now Monitor-Deloitte.
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