The Role of Workforce Development in Economic Growth
It is imperative that we bridge the global skills gap. Jobs are going unfilled and students are graduating without adequate skills for the workforce of tomorrow. Traditionally, collaboration on this topic has been between government and businesses – but education as the third sector is equally as important. The global population is expected to expand to 9.7 billion by 2050. We need people who are properly educated for the workforce needs of today and tomorrow. This is both a domestic and global conversation with geostrategic and national security overtones. Workforce development is directly linked to the future of businesses and the future of global development.
Featuring: Mr. Joe Naylor
Mr. Joe Naylor is the vice president of Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation. He is responsible for U.S. and international government relations, all aspects of communications, and the company’s worldwide efforts to protect and enhance its reputation. Previously, Mr. Naylor served as vice president of Strategic Planning, and has also held several Chevron positions including chief executive officer at Sasol Chevron, London and general manager at Supply Chain Optimization of Europe and West Africa marketing and refining in London, England. Mr. Naylor serves on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society and The National Bureau of Asian Research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Catherine Woteki
Dr. Catherine Woteki is the former Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics mission area, and the Department's Chief Scientist. Previously, Dr. Woteki served as Global Director of Scientific Affairs for Mars, Incorporated and was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. Dr. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was Deputy Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She has held positions in the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Human Nutrition Information Service at USDA and Director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Woteki received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Virginia Tech and her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Washington College.
Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur
Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd is the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor in the Southeast Asia Group for the World Bank in Washington D.C. Dr. Noorul Ainur was also the Vice President of the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations Programme of UNESCO for the Asia and the Pacific region. She had influential roles at the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information, and the National Institute of Public Administration Malaysia. Dr. Noorul Ainur obtained her PhD in Political Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, her MSoc. Sci in Development Administration from University of Birmingham and her B.A. from the University of Malaysia.
Mr. Jonas Neihardt
Mr. Jonas Neihardt is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Hilton Worldwide. In this role, Mr. Neihardt manages government relations for Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of hotel brands encompassing over 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries. These brands include Hilton, Doubletree, Conrad, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Waldorf Astoria Collection. Before joining Hilton Worldwide, Mr. Neihardt spent a decade as Vice President for Federal Government Affairs for Qualcomm, a leading wireless technology company. Mr. Neihardt joined the Federal service as a Presidential Management Intern in 1989 and served at the White House Office of Management and Budget as the Program Examiner for the Federal telecommunications agencies until 1996. Mr. Neihardt holds a BA and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the George Washington University. In 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Mr. Neihardt to his Revenue Estimates Council. In 2015, Mr. Neihardt was appointed as the Vice-Chairman for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Travel & Tourism, and in 2016 became Chairman. In 2016, Mr. Neihardt was appointed to the Board of Directors of the US Travel Association.
Ms. Mary Snapp
Ms. Mary Snapp is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, the first head of the newly announced organization. She leads Microsoft’s legacy in philanthropic initiatives and helped Microsoft’s total annual giving surpass $1 billion. Ms. Snapp started her 27 years at Microsoft as the company’s first female attorney. During this time, Ms. Snapp led the legal work for business development, strategic partnership, developer relationships, and business strategy teams. Additionally, her role as leader of the Products & Services Group provided legal support to Microsoft’s engineering, marketing, and research divisions. She is also the executive sponsor of the Women@Microsoft employee resources group and serves on the board of directors in national human services and arts non-profits in the Puget Sound region. She received a B.A. from the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas before getting an M.B.A from Wayne State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Moderator: Mr. Daniel F. Runde
Mr. Dan Runde is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on leveraging American soft power instruments and the central roles of the private sector and good governance in creating a freer and more prosperous world. Previously, he led the Foundations Unit for the Department of Partnerships & Advisory Service Operations at the International Finance Corporation. His work facilitated and supported over $20 million in new funding through partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, and Visa International, among other global private and corporate foundations.
Earlier, Mr. Runde was director of the Office of Global Development Alliances at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He led the initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds, and advice to establish and strengthen alliances, while personally consulting to 15 USAID missions in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. His efforts leveraged $4.8 billion through 100 direct alliances and 300 others through training and technical assistance. Mr. Runde began his career in financial services at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore and worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College.