Corporate Voices Will Participate in Opportunity Nation Summit to Highlight the Economic and Opportunity Imperative of Closing the Education and Skills Gap

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The Opportunity Nation Summit will bring together thought leaders from across the nation to jumpstart the dialogue and highlighting tangible ways to create opportunity in America.

We know America’s greatest resource has always been the talent of its people and the innovation of its businesses.

America has historically been a nation that has provided ladders to opportunity. However, the current state of the economy has left many unable to start the climb toward success. Corporate Voices for Working Families, with the support of W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s New Options Project, is proud to be one of the 160 “opportunity generators” taking part in the first ever Opportunity Nation Summit November 3-4 will in New York City.

The Summit will bring together thought leaders from across the nation to jumpstart the dialogue and highlighting tangible ways to create opportunity in America.

“We know America’s greatest resource has always been the talent of its people and the innovation of its businesses,” said Stephen M. Wing, President of Corporate Voices. “That is why we are proud to be part of Opportunity Nation, an unprecedented broad-based non-partisan coalition of public, private, civilian and military organizations creating and advocating for better skills, better jobs and better communities.”

On the morning of November 4, Wing will participate in a special breakfast business panel, hosted by United Way Worldwide, titled “The Role of the Private Sector in Increasing Economic Opportunity and Mobility.” He will serve to frame the discussion around the issues that are preventing economic opportunity and mobility in America.

Corporate Voices, through national partner Year Up, has assembled a panel that will highlight community and education partnerships and business best practices that are working to connect the needs of employers with the skills development of the nation's workforce. Taking place the afternoon on November 4, the panel "Opening Pathways to Prosperity: Expanding Options for Job Training and Success" will include the following innovative and inspiring individuals:

  •     Rana Foroohar - Assistant Managing Editor for TIME Magazine (Moderator)
  •     Gerald Chertavian - Founder and CEO of Year Up
  •     John Galante - Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at JPMorgan Chase
  •     Mike Jennings – Director of IT, LinkedIN
  •     Jane Oates - Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration at U.S. Department of Labor
  •     Dorothy Stoneman - Founder and President of YouthBuild USA
  •     Stuart Thorne - President and CEO of Southwire
  •     Kern Williams – Year Up Boston Alumni, Working at State Street Bank

Corporate Voices looks forward to continuing its engagement beyond the Summit and into 2012, as it believes that only by including employers as true partners and utilizing their expertise, can we meet Opportunity Nation’s campaign goals of promoting opportunity, social mobility and the American dream.

About Corporate Voices for Working Families
Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we create and advance innovative policy solutions that reflect a commonality of interests among the private sector, government and other stakeholders.

We are a unique voice, and we provide leading and best-practice employers a forum to improve the lives of working families, while strengthening our nation’s economy and enhancing the vitality of our communities. Publications, research studies and toolkits on a host of workforce readiness, workplace flexibility, family economic stability and work and family balance issues are available online at http://www.corporatevoices.org.

For more information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s New Options Project, please visit http://www.wkkf.org/what-we-support/secure-families/new-options-project.aspx.

For more information about Opportunity Nation, please visit http://www.opportunitynation.org.

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