Chamber Webinar Series: Microsoft and Brookings Institution Workforce Skilling Salon on November 12


Follow along with the on-demand webinar with the presentation decks here, here, and here.

On November 12th, the SF Chamber hosted a dynamic conversation about Workforce Skilling and the challenges preparing San Francisco’s workforce.

Annelies Goger at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, presented findings on economic impacts of COVID19 through a case study of the hospitality sector. She discussed what it means to center equity in local efforts to support displaced hospitality workers as they transition into new jobs, with a specific focus on the San Francisco area.

Allyson Knox, Senior Director of Education Policy at Microsoft, shared how increased access to digital skills can support the local economy, and describe the Microsoft Global Skilling Initiative (GSI), a comprehensive approach to digital skilling. Empowering disadvantaged and unemployed residents to learn how to represent themselves online, network, and connect with recruiters is a critical component of GSI, providing better access to “jobs of the future.”

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This event is a salon-style presentation, panel and conversation focused on Workforce Skilling across the US, presented with a particular focus on San Francisco. It is centered on the recent research on this topic from the Brookings Institution.

Speakers and Panelists:

Elisa Hu

Moderator: Elise Hu, Host-At-Large, NPR

Rodney Fong

Rodney Fong, President and CEO, SF Chamber of Commerce 


Celeste Alleyne, Director US Citizenship and Market Development, Microsoft


Allyson Knox, Senior Director of Education Policy, Microsoft CELA


William Rogers, President and CEO, Goodwill San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo


Tom Lawry, National Director for AI, Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft


Orlando Harris, Executive Director – Career Services & Leadership Development, San Francisco State University


Annelies Goger, David M. Rubenstein Fellow Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution



  • 10:00 am – Welcome Remarks
    • ​NPR, Host-At-Large – Elise Hu, Moderator
    • Microsoft – Celeste Alleyne, Director Citizenship and Market Development
    • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce – Rodney Fond, President and CEO
  • 10:10 am – Brookings Research Presentation – Annelies Goger, Brookings Institution
  • 10:25 am  – Microsoft Skilling Offerings – Allyson Knox, Microsoft CELA
  • 10:45 am – Panel Discussion
  • 11:15 am –  Audience Q&A
  • 11:30 am – Closing