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Managing for Equity: Debunking the Skills Gap Myth Event Logo

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Do businesses face a skills gap - workers lacking the skills that employers require? Or do workers face an opportunity gap - systemic exclusion from access to education, social networks, and high quality job opportunities?

Although the COVID-19 economic shock has left millions of Americans without jobs, The World Economic Forum observes, "the skills gap [is now] broader and the need to close it more urgent.”

With business leaders continuing to cite difficulties finding “qualified” workers with the right skills, we ask: Are we stigmatizing individuals for the failure of a system? What management practices can we, as future business leaders, apply to meet organizational needs while promoting equity in the labor market?

Join us for a candid discussion of these questions with three inspiring leaders who are committed to bridging the skills and opportunity gaps from both workforce and employer perspectives by investing in training, hiring inclusively, and empowering workers.

- Amanda Cage (CEO of National Fund for Workforce Solutions)
- Fred Goff (Founder & CEO of Jobcase Inc.)
- Deepti Rohatgi (Head of Slack for Good and Public Affairs Slack)

This event is part of a series titled Redefining Management: Leadership for Social Progress in Troubled Times, brought to you by MIT Sloan's People & Organizations Club, Good Companies Good Jobs Initiative, and the Student Life Office.

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Amanda Cage

President and CEO

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Amanda Cage is the president and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Amanda joined the National Fund in March 2020, bringing more than 20 years of federal workforce system, grantmaking, and organized labor experience to the organization. Throughout her career, Amanda has focused on ensuring economic inclusion and stability for workers and their families. Most recently, she served as the chief program officer at the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. There she managed a $70 million portfolio of public and private funding and a network of over 50 agencies for the country’s second largest workforce system. Before that, Amanda served as director of human capital strategy for the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, where she led a citywide effort to increase Chicago’s competitiveness in a knowledge-based global economy. For five years, she led the workforce development portfolio at the McCormick Foundation, and she was the 2004 J. Ira & Nicki Harris Foundation Fellow at the Chicago Community Trust. Amanda started her career as a labor organizer working for Jobs with Justice and the Service Employees International Union and was a Trade Union Program Fellow at Harvard Law School. She is an Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program 2017-2018 Job Quality Fellow and a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago

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Fred Goff

Founder and CEO

Jobcase, Inc,

Fred Goff is founder and CEO of Jobcase, Inc., the only social media platform dedicated to empowering workers. He has emerged as a leading voice on issues related to the future-of-work, AI impacts on labor, and advocacy for workers. Today, Jobcase has a community of more than 100 million registered members, and is establishing itself as the platform for amplifying the voice of the worker.

Fred holds a BS in Economics and MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MS in Management of Technology from MIT.

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Deepti Rohatgi

Head of Slack for Good and Public Affairs


Deepti Rohatgi is the Head of Slack for Good and Public Affairs where she oversees all of Slack's social impact and public affairs.  Prior to joining Slack, Deepti led government affairs at Lookout Mobile Security, was a Director of Policy at Yahoo and served as a diplomat and Director of IT and Telecom Policy at the U.S. Department of State. She holds a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University.

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