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The nature of work is changing rapidly and dramatically. Advances in technology are eliminating some jobs, transforming others, and, in some cases, creating jobs we never even imagined. In WorkingNation’s weekly podcast Work in Progress, we speak with leaders in business, education, government, and nonprofits about what’s being done to train and reskill American men and women to ensure they can compete for, and qualify for, good-paying, in-demand jobs today and in the future. Work in Progress is hosted by WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief Ramona Schindelheim. Produced by Larry Buhl. Our Executive Producers for WorkingNation are Ramona Schindelheim, Joan Lynch, and Melissa Panzer. WorkingNation is a nonprofit media and content company reporting on the future of work and workers through original videos, articles, live events, and, of course, podcasts.

The nature of work is changing rapidly and dramatically. Advances in technology are eliminating some jobs, transforming others, and, in some cases, creating jobs we never even imagined. In WorkingNation’s weekly podcast Work in Progress, we speak with leaders in business, education, government, and nonprofits about what’s being done to train and reskill American men and women to ensure they can compete for, and qualify for, good-paying, in-demand jobs today and in the future. Work in Progress is hosted by WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief Ramona Schindelheim. Produced by Larry Buhl. Our Executive Producers for WorkingNation are Ramona Schindelheim, Joan Lynch, and Melissa Panzer. WorkingNation is a nonprofit media and content company reporting on the future of work and workers through original videos, articles, live events, and, of course, podcasts.

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United States

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The nature of work is changing rapidly and dramatically. Advances in technology are eliminating some jobs, transforming others, and, in some cases, creating jobs we never even imagined. In WorkingNation’s weekly podcast Work in Progress, we speak with leaders in business, education, government, and nonprofits about what’s being done to train and reskill American men and women to ensure they can compete for, and qualify for, good-paying, in-demand jobs today and in the future. Work in Progress is hosted by WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief Ramona Schindelheim. Produced by Larry Buhl. Our Executive Producers for WorkingNation are Ramona Schindelheim, Joan Lynch, and Melissa Panzer. WorkingNation is a nonprofit media and content company reporting on the future of work and workers through original videos, articles, live events, and, of course, podcasts.

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English

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Episodes

The Puerto Rican power grid remains unreliable. Is solar energy the answer?

9/20/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, I speak with Charlotte Gossett Navarro, chief director of the Hispanic Federation Puerto Rico about efforts to rebuild and revitalize the island territory five years after the worst storm in its recent history. Almost five years to the day, Hurricane Fiona slammed into Puerto Rico this weekend, causing massive flooding and knocking out power to the entire island. It could be days or weeks before power is fully restored. While Fiona is directly responsible...

Duration:00:27:57

Progress is being made, but there are still workforce challenges needing to be addressed

9/13/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, WorkingNation founder & CEO Art Bilger and WorkingNation president Jane Oates join me to discuss how the labor market and workforce priorities continue to evolve after two-and-a-half years of global disruptions. September marks the sixth anniversary of the launch of WorkingNation, the nonprofit media organization founded by Art Bilger focused on the evolution taking place in the labor market and how to prepare workers for those changes. A lot has changed...

Duration:00:23:07

The next steps toward increasing adult digital literacy

9/6/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, Alison Ascher Webber, director of strategic initiatives, U.S., with EdTech Center @ World Education, joins me to discuss adult digital literacy. Digital literacy is an essential skill for today's workforce, yet 30 millions of adults are still struggling to learn basic technology and one in five Americans still don't have internet access. The digital divide remains a serious barrier to work and education opportunities. Webber was one of the lead...

Duration:00:19:03

The value of dual mission institutions to the local community

8/30/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, I'm talking about dual mission institutions with Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D., president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Marion Fedrick, president of Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. Here’s a phrase you’ll hear us say a lot at WorkingNation: "the best solutions to education and workforce issues are local." The nation's 400-plus dual mission colleges and universities are doing just that. What's...

Duration:00:31:58

A criminal record shouldn’t be a life sentence

8/23/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, Stan Ball, vice president and chief litigation counsel for Eaton Corporation, and I discuss tearing down barriers to employment for people with a criminal record. There are more than 80 million people in the U.S. – one in three Americans – has some type of criminal record. Even when it includes only a misdemeanor arrest or conviction, that record poses a significant barrier to employment. Research from Harvard shows that more than 80% of employers require...

Duration:00:17:15

Using online training to put people to work and launch careers

8/17/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, Dr. Mardy Leathers, director of the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development discusses an innovative new career training program available to all the state's high school juniors and seniors. More on the new Launch Missouri's Workforce initiative a little later, but first an update on how the state's workforce has bounced back from the job loss caused by the COVID pandemic. I first met Dr. Leathers in July of 2020 when I...

Duration:00:16:14

Emotional support should be a part of all workforce systems, particularly for older job seekers

8/2/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, my guest is Maria Heidkamp, director of program development and a senior research the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Long-term unemployment continues to be a long-term problem for the nation's oldest job seekers. In June, more than a quarter of job seekers over the age of 55 were out of work for more than 27 weeks, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job seekers aged 16 to 54 make up just only 19.1% of the...

Duration:00:17:34

Working toward a human-centric workplace in which DEIA is part of the universal design

7/19/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, my guest Josh Christianson and I discuss continuing efforts to increase inclusion and accessibility in the workforce for people with disabilities, both physical and cognitive. Christianson is the inclusion and accessibility lead at Wheelhouse Group and also serves as the project director for the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA). In both roles, he works to increase the employment of underserved communities, including people with disabilities....

Duration:00:21:12

The case for making computer science a part of every K-12 curriculum

7/12/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, Code.org founder and CEO Hadi Partovi and I discuss a call to action aimed at the nation's governors, asking them to make computer science part of the basic K-12 curriculum in every U.S. school. Right now, the United States has over 700-thousand open computing jobs, but only 80-thousand computer science majors graduating from college each year. In high school, only 5% of students study computer science – a small percentage due to the fact that most K-12...

Duration:00:17:22

The shift toward skills-based hiring is changing the job interview

6/14/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, SHRM president & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., joins me to discuss the movement toward skills-based hiring, how hiring managers and employers are navigating this shift, and what job seekers can do to increase their chances of getting hired. In my conversation with Taylor, we discuss how employers and hiring managers can better signal the skills they are looking for in a particular job and how job seekers can better tell the story of the skills that they have...

Duration:00:15:10

Skills-based hiring: Changing the mindset around success and the path to get there

6/7/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, as the Horizons 2022 conference kicks off in New Orleans, I speak to Jobs for the Future (JFF) president and CEO Maria Flynn. There's a shift in thinking about the path to career success. There's a growing awareness that four-year degrees don't have to be the gold standard, that skills and credentials are just as important, maybe more so for starting or advancing careers. Flynn and I talked about this transformation and about how JFF is spreading the word...

Duration:00:06:44

Why can’t we fill all the tech jobs out there?

5/31/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, CompTIA president and CEO Todd Thibodeaux discusses the continuing unmet high demand for tech talent across all industries and what is stopping more people from taking the career plunge. There are about 10 million people in the tech industry in the U.S. Half work for full-on tech companies, but sometimes not even in a tech role – think customer service, administration, finance, sales, etc. The other half fill tech roles – IT, data analysis, cybersecurity,...

Duration:00:22:52

WorkingNation @ SXSW EDU: Don’t Leave Older Workers Out of the Jobs Recovery

5/24/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, we take a look at the challenges the midcareer workforce faces in a labor market reshaped by a health pandemic. The majority of the long-term unemployed are over the age of 45. A majority of hiring managers admit hesitating when it comes to hiring an older worker, fearing they don't have the necessary skills for today's jobs and are not tech-adaptable. Conversely, they say the older workers already on the job are valued employees. So, where does that...

Duration:00:44:09

WorkingNation @ SXSW EDU: Closing the Hispanic Digital Skills Gap

5/17/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, we examine the critical issue of closing the digital divide in the Hispanic community. Hispanic workers are 14% of overall workers, but represent 35% of workers with no digital skills and 20% of those with limited digital skills. Digital skills are crucial to obtaining gainful employment and resources to support their families. In March, WorkingNation partnered with SXSW EDU to bring together a panel of outstanding leaders in the Hispanic community to...

Duration:00:56:50

Respect, recognition, and higher wages for domestic workers

5/10/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, my guest is Ai-jen Poo, president of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). We got the chance to sit down together at the Milken Institute Global Conference last week in Beverly Hills to discuss the status of domestic workers in today's workforce. The NDWA supports policies and programs designed to give the nearly 2.5 million nannies, housecleaners, and home care workers who care for our loved ones and our homes the respect, recognition, and...

Duration:00:09:12

WorkingNation @ SXSW EDU: Building new innovation hubs

5/3/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, we take a closer look at cities that are creating tech innovation centers outside of the traditional hubs of Silicon Valley and Boston. In March, WorkingNation partnered with SXSW EDU to bring together a fantastic panel looking at the subject: Building Innovation Hubs Outside of Silicon Valley. PBS Newshour anchor and senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan moderated the panel for us. Our panelists were Patrick McKenna, founder of One America Works;...

Duration:00:58:17

5 enduring changes to the workplace that midcareer workers should know about

4/26/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, columnist and author Kerry Hannon discusses her new book, In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work, which examines how changes in the workforce – accelerated by COVID – are impacting older, midcareer workers. This is a space Kerry Hannon knows a lot about. She's a renowned expert in the employment and workplace space, writing and speaking about career transitions, retirement, and the future of work. The first words of her new book paint...

Duration:00:20:36

Protecting the planet is good news for the American worker

4/19/2022
Friday is Earth Day. So, in this episode of the Work in Progress podcast, we want to look at how protecting and repairing the environment is not just good news for our planet, it is also good news for the American worker. The demand for workers with green skills rose dramatically last year in all industries – from tech to health care to the skilled trades – and is projected to grow even more this year with the passage of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act. This episode is from our live Green...

Duration:00:28:17

Destination Tulsa: Flying taxis and more

4/12/2022
We did so many great interviews about how Tulsa is shifting its economy to become a more tech-centric innovation hub, we couldn't get them all into our 5-part Destination Tulsa: Tech Hub in the Heartland series in February and March. So, we decided to share some of them in a special bonus episode today. What does it take to reinvent a community, revive a local economy, and reinvigorate a workforce? Tulsa, Oklahoma, is embracing in-demand tech industries to do just that. At the heart of the...

Duration:00:09:28

Skills Visibility: The changing relationship between learners, employers, and education

4/5/2022
In this episode of Work in Progress, Kathleen deLaski, Education Design Lab founder and CEO discusses the Lab's new report: Skills Visibility: Why and How a Skills-Based Economy can be More Equitable. We had a great conversation on the profound shift to a skilled-based economy and how it it is changing the relationship between (l)earners -(a combination of learners and earners), employers, and learning institutions. There is a lot to unpack in the report and podcast. I invite you to dig in!...

Duration:00:20:48