UpSkill America - How Large Employers Think about Upskilling

What is driving large employers to invest in new upskilling programs and what types of programs are they investing in? What is working well and what needs to get better? What advice do they have for other companies?

The UpSkill America Show is presented by Skill FM and Upskill America.

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. The movement promotes training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs. Led by a leadership team of employer organizations, UpSkill America’s mission is to recognize employers that invest in their frontline workers; promote the adoption of policies and practices used by employers to educate, train and develop frontline workers; and highlight effective local and regional workforce development partnerships and how they educate, train and develop individuals for success in the workplace.

UpSkill America is an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program at The Aspen Institute, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems.


About This Episode


The panelists in this episode attempt to answer the following questions:

What is driving large employers to invest in new upskilling programs?
What types of programs are they investing in?
What is working well and what needs to get better?
What advice do they have for other companies?


Today's Episode Features:

Eva Sage-Gavin, Senior Managing Director of Accenture’s Global Talent and Organization consulting practice. She leads the team that helps Accenture’s clients harness digital technologies and evolve their workforces to innovate, unlock new sources of value and “lead in the new.”


Shweta Srivastava, Director, Skilling Future Generations at Microsoft, where she has led a variety of initiatives focused on driving skill and employability for Higher Ed individuals in 21st-century growth areas like AI, Data, Cybersecurity, and Computer Science.


Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health, a non-profit established to address the allied health workforce shortage in the nation, starting with California. Van previously served as Executive Vice Chancellor for the California Community Colleges.


Chris Trout, Vice President Learning and Development, The Walt Disney Company where he leads Disney’s learning and development practice.


Moderated by Matthew Heimer, Senior Features Editor, at Fortune Magazine. Matt is a Co-Chair of the CEO Initiative conference, where he leads working groups on workforce development.