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CONVENING: Addressing the Labor Shortage in Massachusetts - Tapping Hidden Talent

On June 12, 2023, The Project on Workforce – along with the Eastern Bank Foundation, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and SkillWorks – hosted a virtual convening, “Addressing the Labor Shortage in Massachusetts: Tapping Hidden Talent.”


Text, Addressing the Labor Shortage in Massachusetts: Tapping Hidden Talent

Historically tight labor markets threaten Massachusetts' businesses and the economy in the midst of stubborn opportunity gaps and continued racial and economic inequities. Demographic and social trends strongly suggest that the acutely tight labor market is here to stay for the foreseeable future and that one of the few solutions is tapping the "hidden” workforce through smart and targeted workforce development strategies. Implementing creative and effective strategies to tap hidden talent is not easy.


On June 12, 2023, The Project on Workforce – along with the Eastern Bank Foundation, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and SkillWorks – hosted a virtual convening to bring together researchers, employers, workforce development providers, and policymakers to better understand the challenges and opportunities, share solutions, and tackle common obstacles. The convening included a presentation from Joseph B. Fuller on hidden workers and a preview of forthcoming research from Jerry Rubin on addressing the labor shortage in Massachusetts. In addition, the Project on Workforce hosted a panel with Massachusetts workforce leaders to hear how they have created inclusive environments for key segments of the state's population, including immigrants, caregivers, individuals who are disabled, older workers, and returning citizens. You can watch recordings of the two presentations and the panel, below.


SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS

  • Robert Rivers, CEO, Eastern Bank

  • Joseph B. Fuller, Harvard Business School

  • Jerry Rubin, Project on Workforce & Eastern Bank Foundation

PANEL

  • Moderator: Andre Green, Executive Director, SkillWorks

  • Emmanuel Owusu, Executive Director, African Bridge Network

  • Colleen Moran, Workforce Integration Director, Mass General Brigham

  • Tim Driver, President, Age Friendly Ventures

  • Gabriel Mandujano, CEO & Founder, Wash Cycle Laundry     

 

Video 1: Hidden Workers: Untapped Talent

Featuring: Robert Rivers and Joseph B. Fuller


 

Video 2: Tapping Massachusetts’ Hidden Talent

Featuring: Jerry Rubin


 

Video 3: Panel: Promising Practices in Tapping Hidden Talent

Featuring: Andre Green, Emmanuel Owusu, Colleen Moran, Tim Driver, and Gabriel Mandujano

 

 

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