Corporate Voices for Working Families Supports Groundbreaking STEM Summit

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America needs a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and a notable group of companies and organizations is uniting to ensure that the nation gets the message. This summer, thousands of education, policy and industry thought leaders will convene in Dallas for STEM Solutions 2012, a groundbreaking leadership summit that will bring the best minds and best practices together on a national stage to open the conversation and develop solutions to the STEM skills shortage. Corporate Voices for Working Families is pleased to be a co-chair of this timely event.

For many of our corporate partners, the need to increase the talent pipeline of skilled workers in STEM fields is especially urgent.

America needs a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and a notable group of companies and organizations is uniting to ensure that the nation gets the message. This summer, thousands of education, policy and industry thought leaders will convene in Dallas, Texas for STEM Solutions 2012, a groundbreaking leadership summit that will bring the best minds and best practices together on a national stage to open the conversation and develop solutions to the STEM skills shortage.

Among the STEM stakeholders who have signed on to the Summit is Corporate Voices for Working Families. As one of the conference’s Co-chairs, Corporate Voices will provide topical input, expertise and support throughout the planning stages, as well as during the conference.
The organizers of STEM Solutions 2012 identified Corporate Voices as a change maker involved in shaping the economy’s future. Corporate Voices is the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. Our workforce readiness portfolio reflects our conviction that employers must be active partners in preparing a robust talent pipeline of skilled workers, while helping Americans succeed in school, on the job and throughout life.

According to John Wilcox, Executive Director and COO of Corporate Voices, “For many of our corporate partners, the need to increase the talent pipeline of skilled workers in STEM fields is especially urgent. The widely documented shortage of Americans with STEM and STEM-capable skills occurs amid labor market projections of rapid growth in STEM-related occupations over the coming decades.”

To address this need and shape the STEM workforce of the future, Corporate Voices works with a range of business and education partners, including the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES), Innovate+Educate, the New Options Project, and Year Up, as well as philanthropic partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our work has focused on researching and documenting best-practice collaborations between private industry and higher education to prepare workers with skills that have value in today’s labor market.

Corporate Voices is delighted to be supporting this timely Summit. We are working with conference organizers to help frame the broader message about the critical role employers can, and must, play in partnership with community colleges and other education leaders to prepare a first-rate pipeline of Americans for careers in STEM-related fields. Moreover, we are helping to organize and will participate in two conference sessions: One is focused on creating career pathways in rewarding STEM fields for disconnected and low-income youth; another will explore ways in which “Learn & Earn” partnerships between employers, community colleges and other education providers can help employees earn postsecondary credentials in STEM occupations.

Event organizers, U.S. News & World Report, Innovate+Educate and STEMConnector™, have enthusiastically welcomed Corporate Voices’ involvement. “There has never been a greater moment to create a collective impact to both advance STEM education and the skill gap our country faces in our own global competitiveness. Corporate Voices for Working Families is a key Co-chair in helping bring top officials in the U.S to the STEM Solutions 2012 Summit," said Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate. “We are excited by their support of the conference and the leadership role they have taken in working with us to advance a critical movement in our country."

To learn more about how you can help shape our nation’s future by participating in STEM Solutions 2012, visit http://www.USNewsSTEMSolutions.com.

U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012—A Leadership Summit is a mission-critical event focused on the shortage of science- and tech-related skills in the American workforce. U.S. News & World Report, together with Innovate+Educate, STEMConnector™ and more than 40 key organizations will bring together for the first time on a national stage major corporations, leading educators, top policy makers and education technology companies to create a collective that will fill jobs now and advance the future STEM workforce. Held June 27 – 29, 2012 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

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 both global and domestic, 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. Website: http://www.corporatevoices.org
For additional information about STEM Solutions 2012
Alexi Turbow, Communications Relations Coordinator | U.S. News & World Report
Phone: 202.955.2155
Email: aturbow(at)usnews(dot)com

Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes | Vice President, MDG
Phone: 619.298.1445 x116
Email: kimberly(at)marketingdesigngroup(dot)com

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