A Virtual Event Series

The COVID-19 economic crisis has laid bare long-standing structural inequities in the US labor market. Yet, it has also afforded us an opportunity to generate new knowledge on policies and practices that could lead to transformative change for workers. 

Join us as we launch WorkRise, a new national platform for identifying, testing, and sharing bold new ideas for transforming the low-wage labor market. This week-long public conversation series will explore how to drive a truly inclusive economic recovery. Business leaders, worker advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and scholars will discuss how to rebuild our economy in ways that place workers of color, women, and young workers at the center and create pathways for economic security and mobility for all workers.

WorkRise is hosted by the Urban Institute. See below for full session descriptions and speaker lists. Separate registration is requested for each session.

Economic context

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How Economic Forces and Racial Inequity Shape Opportunity and Mobility

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…

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Skills and training

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Leveraging Skill Building and Improving Job Search and Matching to Better Serve Workers

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

Panelists will share their perspectives on how skill building can improve…

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Worker voice, representation, and power

Thursday, October 15, 2020

How Employer Practices and Worker Power Shape Labor Market Outcomes

Join WorkRise for the third installment in a week-long online forum exploring bold new ideas for transforming the low-wage labor market.

Employer policies and practices, such as pay, benefits, hiring, training,…

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Supportive services

Friday, October 16, 2020

A 360° Perspective on What Workers Need to Thrive

Join WorkRise for the final installment in a week-long online forum exploring bold new ideas for transforming the low-wage labor market.

Many factors outside work, such as access to safe and affordable child care,…

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