[Virtual] The Upskilling and Reskilling Economy: A Roadmap for Growth Issue Forum

Tuesday, March 02, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The COVID-19 crisis has quickly accelerated the demand for skilled workers, with the World Economic Forum predicting 54% of all employees requiring significant upskilling by 2022. Add on top of that the rise of automation and AI, a familiar threat for one-quarter of American workers whose jobs are at a high risk of automation by 2030. This changing job landscape is threatening for workers who have been dislocated from their jobs by the pandemic and those who have been disenfranchised by a system that has lacked support for Black and brown workers.

For our region to inclusively recover and prosper once again, the business community must embrace this demand and set out to upskill and reskill workers from within our community. Join this conversation to learn how your business can invest in workforce development programs, to fill roles in booming sectors, and to inclusively grow our economy from within. Hear from industry experts on initiatives that are working to reskill and improve the prospects of unemployed and underemployed Philadelphians, such as the Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative.

Roadmap for Growth Partnering Organizations*
- African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE
- Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
- Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District
- Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative
- Graduate! Philadelphia
- Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- New Kensington Community Development Corporation
- North Broad Renaissance
- Philadelphia Works
- The Enterprise Center
- West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

*Members and clients of partnering organizations are able to attend the program at the Chamber member price. Please contact your respective organization for a coupon code.

If you are interested in becoming a partnering organization, please contact Brooke Leshak at bleshak@chamberphl.com.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary, availability is not guaranteed for walk-ins. Payment is required upon registration/entrance. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made. Tickets will be held at the door. Reserved seating for tables of 10 only. Please advise your guests that tickets will be held at the door under your company name.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.


Contact Andrew Fink at afink@chamberphl.com


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