Virtual Events



How Economic Forces and Racial Inequity Shape Opportunity and Mobility

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 01:00 pm - 03:15 pm

Join WorkRise for the first installment in a week-long series of online conversations exploring bold new ideas for transforming the low-wage labor market. 

Our opening panels set the stage for the series: During the first panel, leading economists from across the political spectrum will discuss the economic forces and trends that have diminished opportunities for advancement and economic mobility. During the second panel, distinguished speakers will discuss policies and practices that have perpetuated racial disparities in the labor market and consider what it takes to create a more racially just outcomes for workers.

Opening Remarks:

  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute @swartell
  • Allan Golston, President, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation @Allangolston
  • Michael Froman, Chairman, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth @CNTR4growth

Panel 1 - The Economic Forces Shaping Opportunity and Mobility:

  • Heather Boushey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Center for Equitable Growth @HBoushey
  • Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and University Professor, New School @DarrickHamilton
  • Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School @jasonfurman
  • Michael R. Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute @MichaelRStrain
  • Donald Marron, Director of Economic Policy Initiatives and Institute Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator) @dmarron

Panel 2 - Tackling Racial Inequity and Injustice in the Labor Market:

  • Amanda Cage, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Fund for Workforce Solutions @WorkforceAmanda
  • Sarah Keh, Vice President, Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial @sarah_keh
  • Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy, Economic Policy Institute @hshierholz 
  • Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director, National Black Worker Center Project @NBWCP
  • Lisa Hamilton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Annie E. Casey Foundation (moderator) @lhamilton_aecf


Join the conversation using #WorkRise.

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