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.”
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:
- 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