Aligning Workforce Development and Employment Strategies for Historically Black Colleges and Universities - January 16-17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Opening remarks, dinner, and speaker
Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Speaker: Glen Hiemstra, Founder, [Presentation] PDF icon
Introduction: Wayne Joseph Riley, President and CEO, Meharry Medical College
Facilitator: Yvonne Sparks, Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Welcome and introductory remarks
Dave Altig, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Carlton E. Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University

Self-introductions of HBCU presidents, Fed staff, and guests
Facilitator: Todd Greene, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Employment and Workforce Trends: Framing the Issues
What type of labor market are your students experiencing? How has this changed over the last decade and what can be expected? And what are the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) doing to help their students find jobs? This session will discuss current labor market trends with a special emphasis on the African-American labor force. We will also present findings from our survey of HBCU presidents regarding workforce development and discuss the implications of the results.

Bill Rodgers, Professor and Chief Economist, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University [Presentation] PDF icon
Bill Spriggs, Department Chair and Professor, Department of Economics, Howard University [Presentation] PDF icon
Kimberly Zeuli, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Moderator: Anna Alvarez-Boyd, Senior Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Connecting HBCU Students to a Competitive Workforce (Part 1)—Effective Strategies from Colleges and Universities
The pace of change in our economy has necessitated developing new approaches and modifying existing strategies to ensure students are competitive for the jobs of today and for the future. Aligning curriculum and developing more robust faculty relationships with industry are examples of two strategies that are easier said than done. In this session, we will discuss some approaches taken by HBCUs and other colleges, including what works and what does not.

Rolando Montoya, Provost, Miami-Dade College 
Charlie Nelms, Chief Executive, North Carolina Central University
Keith Hollingsworth, Chair and Associate Professor of Management, Department of Business Administration, Morehouse College
Moderator: Alfreda B. Norman, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

HBCU presidential response discussion leader
Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University
Lunch and speaker
Keynote speaker: Sarah Bloom Raskin, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Introduction: Carolyn W. Meyers, President, Jackson State University
Facilitator: Martha Perine Beard, Vice President and Regional Executive, Memphis Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Connecting HBCU Students to a Competitive Workforce (Part 2)—The Corporate Perspective
Students need to exhibit proficiency in both hard and soft skills to be successful in today's competitive job market. HBCUs play a critical role in ensuring that their students have these skills. How do you know if the technical skills your students are learning meet the demands of today's employers? In this session, HBCU presidents will discuss with key leaders from industry how both can work together to improve student competitiveness.

Rhonda Medows, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group [Presentation] PDF icon
Shannon A. Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, FedEx Corporation
Michael Sherman, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Staffing, Bank of America
Jay C. Moon, President, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, and Immediate Past Chair, International Economic Development Council
Moderator: Todd Greene

HBCU presidential response discussion leader
George C. Wright, President, Prairie View A&M University
Facilitated Discussion on Workforce Best Practices and Next Steps
What have we learned during today's discussion that will help you create more competitive students for dynamic labor markets? What should we do next? In this session, we will capture the most compelling strategies and discuss potential next steps, including partnership ideas, funding strategies, and collaborative opportunities.

Michael J. Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College
Kimberly Zeuli
Adjournment and closing remarks
Joseph H. Silver Sr., Managing Partner, Silver and Associates
Todd Greene