Skills and Economic Opportunity in a Post-COVID America

Skills and Economic Opportunity in a Post-COVID America

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  • Ladan Ahmadi
  • Deputy Director of Media Relations
  • 202-384-1718
  • lahmadi@thirdway.org
  • More than six months in, the pandemic continues to pummel workers and their families. Amid high unemployment numbers and more small businesses closing by the day, many people are struggling to pay for necessities and worried about what the future holds. Numerous Americans, especially those whose jobs have been disrupted by the pandemic, are also looking to gain new skills, including through online, career-focused programs.

    On Tuesday October 6, 2020, Third Way and Brookings hosted a virtual event to take stock of how the pandemic has played out for different groups of workers and how we can help more people in a post-COVID America. In particular, we discussed what role workforce development should play, and how we can deliver it equitably and effectively to help people continue moving up the income ladder.

    Panelists included:

    • Livia Lam, Center for American Progress

    • Harin Contractor, Nexight Group

    • Richard Reeves, Brookings Institution

    • Kelsey Berkowitz, Third Way, moderator