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Preparing our workforce for technological change

Michigan will face a skills gap as artificial intelligence, smart mobility, advanced manufacturing and other innovations disrupt the labor market. Lifelong learning is already essential, and the need to train, and re-train, our workforce will only accelerate. How can we build a talent pipeline to meet the needs of the future, when we can't fully predict what the future holds for technology? What are some likely talent gaps for employers, and how can we help fill those gaps before they become serious?

Join the College of Business as Murray Feldman of WWJ Newsradio 950 moderates a lively panel discussion among talent experts on preparing Michigan's future workforce.

Keeping talent in Michigan panelists Amy Cell, Brandy Johnson and Kavita Phadke

Meet the Panelists:

Amy Cell, Chief Matchmaker, Amy Cell Talent

Amy leads a talent consulting and recruiting firm that helps employers and communities attract, retain and develop talent.

Prior to launching her practice in 2015, Amy was the Senior Vice President of Talent Enhancement for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She directed talent programs for the state of Michigan where she developed and implemented many groundbreaking initiatives to address a variety of talent challenges including a job portal called Pure Michigan Talent Connect; a German model apprenticeship program; a career counseling program for high school students, and Community Ventures, which provided a career pathway out of poverty.

Additional stops in the talent space include Ann Arbor SPARK, the University of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, Stanford Research Institute and Applied Biosystems. She also worked briefly as a CPA for Plante & Moran before realizing that she liked people more than numbers.

Amy received her BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan, where she is also a member of the faculty.  Current and former board appointments include the Washtenaw Community College Foundation, Desai Accelerator, Center for Entrepreneurship at the U-M College of Engineering and the Career & Education Advisory Council of Michigan Works South East.

Brandy Johnson, Policy Advisor, Postsecondary Education & Workforce Development, Executive Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Before joining Governor Whitmer’s administration as education policy advisor in March 2019, Brandy served as the founder and executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. In this role she helped build Michigan’s college access movement and worked to coordinate policy and programming to increase Michigan’s college readiness, enrollment, and completion rates. Between 2008 and 2010 she served in the Office of Governor Granholm as college access coordinator.

Brandy hails from Arizona and attained her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University, but relocated to Michigan in 2007 to pursue her MPP from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She also served as a Teach for America Corps Member and third grade teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2013, she was named the Michigan Champion for Children by the Michigan Association of School Administrators; in 2014, she received the National College Access Network’s Executive Leader of Excellence Award, and in 2017 she was awarded the Centennial Award for Excellence by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Brandy, her husband, and two small children live in East Lansing, Michigan.

Kavita Phadke, Director of Learning and Development, Bosch USA

Kavita Phadke is currently Director of Learning and Development at Bosch. She has over 10 years of progressive Human Resources experience across multiple positions focused on different aspects of Talent Development and Talent Management. Kavita received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Murray Feldman, host of the Feldman Report, WWJ Newsradio 950

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Michigan Room, Fairlane Center South
University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Business
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

Parking: Marked visitor parking is located at the north end of the building

                                                                                                  Free registration.

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