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Economic Mobility & Workforce Development in Charlotte - panel discussion

Economic Mobility & Workforce Development in Charlotte - panel discussion

For most people, a job is one of the focal points of life. But for too many, the jobs they're able to get don't provide adequate income, stability and a path to progress. What role does workforce development play in economic mobility? Join us at noon on Oct. 28 for a virtual panel to explore this question. We'll be highlighting research from UNC Charlotte about communities of color and their access to technology and employment, as well as strategies from around the region to help prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow. We'll also hear from a national expert on connecting historically underserved communities to tech jobs and how we can create a more diverse, inclusive tech ecosystem. The event is free.

+ Janet LaBar is president and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, which heads economic development efforts for the 15-county Charlotte region.
+ Dr. Fallon Wilson is a co-founder of #BlackTechFutures Research Institute and the former Research Director of Black Tech Mecca. A public interest technologist, much of her research has focused on first generation black college students’ alternative tech pathways and tech ecosystems.
+ Dr. Tianca Crocker is an assistant professor in the UNC Charlotte School of Social Work and a fellow with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Her work focuses on increasing economic and social inclusion in an increasingly digital world, and technology access and connectivity as a means to alleviate poverty and increase opportunity. Crocker is also a Gambrell Faculty Fellow, investigating whether a lack of access to digital resources is holding back workers who could otherwise compete for those jobs.

Ely Portillo is assistant director for outreach and strategic partnerships at the Urban Institute. A former journalist who covered business in the Charlotte region, he will moderate the discussion.

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM on Thu, 28 Oct 2021