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Aug 04

Challenges Facing the 21st Century U.S. Workforce

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Panel I: Technology and Evolving Labor Markets -

Despite media-driven myths of American economic decline, record-high employment and surprisingly strong labor productivity growth reveal a very prosperous future for the American worker, but not a future devoid of risks. Old skills become irrelevant faster and more suddenly, and the pressures of a globalized labor market are growing. What are the skills and jobs of the future?

Panel II: Labor Laws - Ripe for Reform? -

Are federal labor laws relevant for the 21st Century? Panelists will explore the need to reform federal laws regarding pensions and other benefits, immigration, and unemployment insurance.

More About the Speakers

Panel I: Technology and Evolving Labor Markets (9:30 a.m.)

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
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Senior Fellow and Director,
Center for Employment Policy,
Hudson Institute

Daniel H. Pink
Author of Whole New Mind and
Contributing Editor,
Wired Magazine

David Barnes
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Worldwide Leader,
Human Resources Policy,
IBM

Panel II: Labor Laws - Ripe for Reform?
(10:30 a.m.)

Janemarie Mulvey, Ph.D.
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Chief Economist,
Employment Policy Foundation

Paula Collins
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Vice President,
Government Relations,
Texas Instruments

William Conerly, Ph.D.
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Adjunct Fellow,
American Institute of Full Employment

Keynote Address
(11:30 a.m.)

The Honorable Elaine Chao
Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Hosted By

Tim Kane, Ph.D. Tim Kane, Ph.D.

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