This talent recovery event, hosted in partnership with WorkingNation, comes at a crucial time in our economy. The pandemic has not only disrupted businesses but also exposed disparities in training and opportunities for workers. The economy of the future must be built on a foundation of sustainable jobs and diverse talent pools. The Greater Philadelphia area has a unique opportunity to create a more diverse, creative future economy.

While the need to create the right jobs seems clear, the reason for creating a more equitable workforce has moved beyond a moral good to a business imperative. A study in the June 2020 Academy of Management Journal showed that a “1 percent increase in diversity increases a tech firm’s productivity by $729 per employee.” This summer, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia convened the Recharge and Recovery Taskforce and identified talent as one of the critical areas for building back better. Join us to learn how you can be a partner in this work.

This event is for employers, workforce organizations, and educators who want to learn about creating the jobs of the future and how skills-based hiring is benefiting both workers and employers. During the sessions, participants will learn how successful local companies are: 

  • Thinking about job creation 
  • Using diverse hiring and inclusive internal policies to hire and retain the workers they need 

Attendees will also learn how transparency around job descriptions is creating opportunities for partnerships with workforce development agencies, impacting training programs and placement organizations, and offering clearer career pathways. 

Patrick Harker, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will provide opening remarks followed by two panel discussions: 

Session 1: Rebuilding: What Are the Jobs of the Future?

Moderator: Uva Coles, Founder & CEO, Inclusiva

  • Kevin Mahoney, Penn Health System
  • Kris Kolluri, Cooper’s Ferry
  • Nicole Tranchitella, Accenture
  • Dalila Wilson-Scott, Comcast

Session 2: Diversifying Hiring and Talent Pipelines

Moderator: Shelia Ireland, Office of Workforce Development, State of Pennsylvania

  • Pat Clancy, Philadelphia Works
  • Guy Generals, Philadelphia Community College
  • Rochelle Cooks, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians 
  • Chekemma Townsend, Philadelphia Youth Network

Recharge and Recovery Taskforce updates, Claire Marrazzo Greenwood