Workforce Development for the Future of Work

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jay Collier, Director of Computational and Digital Programs, University of New England; Rebecca Taber, Head of Government & Nonprofit Partnerships, Coursera; and David Roddenberry, Director of Onward to Opportunity initiative, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

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With today's rapid pace of technological and economic change, the skills gap is widening worldwide. People need new skills to succeed in the changing economy, and organizations can't find the talent they need to grow and thrive. Governments and nonprofits are on the front lines of efforts to close this gap. During this webcast, the presenters will explore how learning leaders can leverage new technology to prepare their communities for the jobs of the future.

In this webcast, you will learn about:

  • creating innovative learning programs aligned to communities' skill development needs
  • designing learning programs that can scale by blending online learning with in-person services
  • tracking the impact of innovative learning programs, including specific skill development and longer-term career outcomes.


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Jay Collier
Jay Collier

Director of Computational and Digital Programs, University of New England

Jay Collier joined UNE in January 2016 to develop new, innovative initiatives designed to enhance computational thinking across disciplines. Collier has been leading and promoting learning and technology initiatives for higher education, K-12, and public media organizations for over 25 years, including Project>Login at Educate Maine, Dartmouth, MIT, and Bates College, and as a consultant to Harvard Law School and the Maine Department of Education. He has spoken on education and technology at professional conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and was a member of Leadership Maine's Tau Class.

Rebecca Taber
Rebecca Taber

Head of Government & Nonprofit Partnerships, Coursera

Rebecca leads the Government & Nonprofit Partnerships team at Coursera, with the goal of transforming lives through access to world-class education. The team develops and oversees workforce development partnerships with public and social sector partners, including efforts to promote skill development for populations such as transitioning service members, opportunity youth, refugees and underemployed adults. Prior to Coursera, Rebecca was the Education Advisor to Governor Jack Markell (Delaware), in which capacity she developed state education policies and worked closely with the Secretary of Education to implement Delaware’s education agenda. Previously, Rebecca was an Associate at McKinsey & Co., where she advised private and public sector clients on strategy, human capital and organizational development. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, an MA from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

David Roddenberry
David Roddenberry

Director of Onward to Opportunity initiative, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Dave Roddenberry is the national director of Onward to Opportunity, an initiative of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), providing leadership, strategic planning, and overall coordination. Before joining IVMF, Roddenberry managed veteran and military family programs at Duke University, where he oversaw the development of multiple programs designed to aid in military-to-civilian transition and improve access to and quality of mental healthcare for veterans. Roddenberry served in the U.S. Army, deploying to Iraq in 2003, and has also worked as an independent training consultant for Army and Marine Corps special operations forces, as well as in Kenya as project manager for an international healthcare corporation.

Roddenberry holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and geography from Texas State University and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international conflict management from Norwich University. He resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Vanessa, and son.


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