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Thursday, May 30 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Building the Workforce of the 21st Century

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This session at the Ashoka Future Forum will bring together leading social entrepreneurs and business innovators who are developing new ways to prepare workers for the 21st Century.  We will hash through innovative workforce development programs and debate how to scale them and how to ensure they are meeting the needs of employers.  Through this process, the social innovators and leading employers will determine where and how to invest resources and time into the most promising opportunities for bringing workers up to the level of professional knowledge and changemaker skills needed for succeeding in a 21st Century economy that is defined by change.

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Rafael Alvarez

Founder & CEO, Genesys Works
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs, Rafael Alvarez is founder and CEO of Genesys Works. Established in 2002, Genesys Works is a non-profit corporation that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged high school students, from one destined to a lifetime of low wage, dead-end jobs, to one in which they will fully participate in the economic mainstream. The way the organization accomplishes... Read More →
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David Castro

President and CEO, I-LEAD, Inc.
@thedavidcastro | | Ashoka Fellow David Castro founded the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement & Development (I-LEAD) to help challenged communities realize their full potential by identifying grassroots leaders and preparing them to be agents of change. Castro’s overarching goal is to expand post-secondary educational opportunities to low-income communities. Castro created I-LEAD to serve community-based leaders... Read More →
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Dana Mortenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director, World Savvy
@DLCMSavvy | Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion –reaching more than... Read More →
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Stephanie Potter

Director of University and Corporate Partnerships, Ashoka's Youth Venture
As Director of University and Corporate Partnerships at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Stephanie manages the organization’s outreach and impact in the higher education realm and supports global corporate partnerships and engagement. She previously worked in venture philanthropy in the Bay Area at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund where she helped manage the transition from a donor-advised fund into an independent 501c3 organization, focused... Read More →
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Gretchen Zucker

Executive Director, Ashoka's Youth Venture
Gretchen leads Ashoka’s Youth Venture®, a global organization that cultivates the changemaker talent needed for the success of all parts of society. She began her career in the Africa Bureau of USAID, then worked for the Ethiopian government as the information officer in its Washington embassy and in the Ethiopian Investment Authority, based in Addis Ababa. Gretchen helped launch the US office of the Tigray Development Association... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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