“Future of Work” Leadership Panel Tackles Critical Issues Facing America’s Workforce
Symposium Launches F.E.G.S’ Al Miller Center to Bring Together Influential Thought Leaders from Various Sectors to Explore Issues Impacting Society

Over 100 leaders from the private, public and independent sectors gathered at the Time Warner Center on Friday to hear a distinguished leadership panel discuss critical issues facing millions of jobless Americans and to share insights about what is needed to improve and transform the future of work.

"The Future of Work" Symposium, moderated by CBS Business News Correspondent Alexis Christoforous, f ...

"The Future of Work" Symposium, moderated by CBS Business News Correspondent Alexis Christoforous, featured a roundtable discussion with (left to right) New York State Commissioner of Labor Colleen C. Gardner; Daniel Gross, economics editor and columnist, Yahoo Finance; Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO, Manpower, Inc.; Ilene H. Lang, President and CEO, Catalyst; and James S. Tisch, President and CEO, Loews Corporation. (Photo: Business Wire)

Moderated by CBS Business News Correspondent Alexis Christoforous, “The Future of Work: Assuring America’s Leadership Position in the New Global Economy” featured a roundtable discussion with New York State Commissioner of Labor Colleen C. Gardner; Daniel Gross, economics editor and columnist, Yahoo Finance; Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO, Manpower, Inc.; Ilene H. Lang, President and CEO, Catalyst; and James S. Tisch, President and CEO, Loews Corporation. The symposium was presented by the Al Miller Center, which is part of F.E.G.S, one of the largest health and human services organizations in the nation.

Among the issues addressed in the discussion were the outlook for work in the wake of the economic downturn, the impact of changes in technology, the future of outsourcing, the effectiveness of public policies, and whether education and training are moving in the right direction to keep America’s workforce competitive.

“When you look at where the jobs are, you have to go back in the chain and say ‘Where are the companies that are going to create those jobs?’ And it starts with innovation, entrepreneurship and risk-taking,” said Joerres. And, as Tisch pointed out, “When the big companies are feeling good and expanding, that has a multiplier effect on the smaller companies.”

Commissioner Gardner expressed mostly optimism for how the unemployment issue is being managed in New York State. In the last set of unemployment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in September, New York State’s unemployment rate actually decreased slightly, even though it remained at 8.3 percent since August 2010. Yet, she added, “It seems it has been difficult for employers and job seekers to navigate the system. Government has to pull everyone together to make sure the system continues to work for everyone.”

The panelists at the Center’s inaugural symposium have been named charter fellows of the Center, which each year will name more fellows to work with the Center to address a different critical human services issue, such as health care and education.

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About The Al Miller Center

The Al Miller Center brings together distinguished visionary leaders from the business, public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to address an issue of national and global importance affecting society, the economy, and the delivery of health, education and human services. The Center seeks to stimulate discussion to foster innovative solutions, promote new public/private partnerships, and create opportunities through technology, innovation and new social ventures. The Center recognizes the visionary leadership of Al Miller, who served as CEO of F.E.G.S for 31 years.

About F.E.G.S

F.E.G.S, one of the largest and most diversified health and human services organizations in the nation, has for the past 75 years created innovative service delivery systems in response to society’s emerging and changing needs. As a distinguished leader in workforce development, education, disabilities and health, housing and rehabilitation, F.E.G.S delivers services to more than 100,000 people a year and is a provider of technical assistance, capacity building and consultation to government, business and the nonprofit sector, nationally and internationally.

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