Virtual Event by The Agile World and Arlington Economic Development Discusses the Role of Upskilling, Reskilling, and Education to Creating the Future Workforce

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On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 1pm ET, a virtual event titled Return on Creativity: Return on Education will be discussing and showcasing work on educating the future workforce on critical hard skills like no-code/low-code, cybersecurity, as well as on soft skills such as working in a hybrid or virtual environment.

"The future of work depends on education at the undergraduate and professional level to ensure that the workforce has the skills needed to keep pace with external factors like automation and growing demand for technical talent." —Greg Kihlström, The Agile World, and event co-organizer

The future of work requires an educated workforce that is skilled in the areas that new technologies, ways of working, and shifts in buying behaviors demand. On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 1pm ET, a virtual event titled Return on Creativity: Return on Education will be discussing and showcasing work on educating the future workforce on critical hard skills like no-code/low-code, cybersecurity, as well as on soft skills such as working in a hybrid or virtual environment. Return on Education will look at these challenges and several unique solutions to building, educating, and sustaining the future workforce.

As a leading innovator in placemaking to promote business growth, Arlington Economic Development and The Agile World are leading the discussion within the Return on Creativity community to understand and improve the future of people, places, and work. “The future of work depends on education at the undergraduate and professional level to ensure that the workforce has the skills needed to keep pace with external factors like automation and growing demand for technical talent,” says Greg Kihlström of The Agile World, and one of the organizers of the event.

“Education plays a critical role in workforce development and in growing the talent pool in our regional economy,” says Susan Soroko, Director of Creative Economy at Arlington Economic Development, and one of the organizers of the event. “Arlington County has a history of creating successful public-private partnerships that foster educational opportunities to prepare the workforce for the future. While the last year and a half have challenged every company in some way, we believe that support from the public sector can help businesses grow and thrive, even in the most difficult circumstances.”

The event features keynotes by education entrepreneur and thought leader Lou Pugliese and Marc Austin, Executive Director of Professional Education and Academic Ventures at George Mason University, as well as short case study presentations of innovative programs by Virginia Tech, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, and Exelaration. A full speaker list is available on the Return on Creativity website.

Sponsors of the event include NextUp Solutions, Exelaration, Lyceum Insurance Services, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Arlington Economic Development, The Agile World, and Prime Focus.

Registration is free and available through the Return on Creativity website at https://www.returnoncreativity.com

About Return on Creativity
The Return on Creativity event series was started in 2017 as a way to draw attention to the relationship between the creative economy, placemaking, and the business community at large. Through in-person, experiential, and virtual events, the Return on Creativity series has showcased thought leaders and experts in a variety of fields as they discuss this relationship.

As a leading innovator in placemaking to promote business growth, Arlington Economic Development has partnered with The Agile World to lead the Return on Creativity community and continue to grow its reach in the Northern Virginia and Greater Washington, D.C. area.

More information is available at: https://www.returnoncreativity.com

About Arlington Economic Development
Arlington Economic Development (AED), part of Arlington County Government, is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business and arts community, its tourism industry and its real estate development.
For more information, visit https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com

About The Agile World
The Agile World brings together thought leadership, events, and consulting services that help organizations. Led by principal Greg Kihlström, an entrepreneur, author, and speaker who has been working on the Return on Creativity event series since its inception, The Agile World provides strategic, operational, and promotional support for this ongoing dialogue on the future of work and the purpose of place.

More information is available at: https://www.theagile.world

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