Thursday, October 5


Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:00 - 8:00am

Anthony Sarmiento, Chair, Institute for Work and the Economy

Natasha T Miller, Poet, Author, Activist and Film Producer


8:00 - 8:15 am

Plenary Session // Capitalists Arise: Peter Georgescu, Emeritus Chairman, Young & Rubicam

Plenary Session Chair and Moderator: Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Peter Georgescu is the Emeritus Chairman of Young & Rubicam Inc., a network of preeminent commercial communications companies dedicated to helping clients build their businesses through the power of brands. Mr. Georgescu served as the company’s Chairman and CEO from 1994 until January 2000. 

In 2006 Mr. Georgescu published his first book “The Source of Success” --- asserting that personal values and creativity are the leading drivers of business success in the 21st Century.  His second book, “The Constant Choice – an Everyday Journey from Evil Toward Good” was published in January 2013.

8:15 - 9:30 am



9:30 - 9:40 am


9:40 – 10:50 am

Plenary Session // Max Neufeind, German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs: Germany’s Work 4.0

Plenary Session Chair and Moderator: Damon Silvers, Policy Director and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO

Dr. Max Neufeind is a policy advisor at the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. His work focuses on the future of work in the digital age. He was co-responsible for the Ministry’s widely received dialogue process: “Work 4.0”. Dr. Neufeind holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economic and Political Science and a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.



10:35 - 11:00 am

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Plenary Session

A conversation with Saru Jayaraman and Sandy Darity

Plenary Session Chair and Moderator: Laine Romero-Alston, Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 18,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in a dozen states nationwide. Ms. Jayaraman is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Ms. Jayaraman wrote Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and most recently Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Dr. William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. His research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.

Natasha T Miller, Poet, Author, Activist and Film Producer



Lunch & Featured Luncheon Speaker//Dee Davis, President and Founder, Center for Rural Strategies

Luncheon Session Chair and Moderator: Allison Gerber, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Dee Davis is the founder and president of the Center for Rural Strategies. Mr. Davis has helped design and lead national public information campaigns on topics as diverse as commercial television programming and federal banking policy.

Mr. Davis began his media career in 1973 as a trainee at Appalshop, an arts and cultural center devoted to exploring Appalachian life and social issues in Whitesburg, Kentucky. As Appalshop'sexecutive producer, the organization created more than 50 public TV documentaries, established a media training program for Appalachian youth, and launched initiatives that use media as a strategic tool in organization and development.

Mr. Davis is the chair of the National Rural Assembly steering committee; he is a member of the Rural Advisory Committee of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Fund for Innovative Television, and Feral Arts of Brisbane, Australia. He is also a member of the Institute for Rural Journalism’s national advisory board as well as the advisory board of the Rural Policy Research Institute. Mr. Davis is also the former Chair of the board of directors of Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

Natasha T Miller, Poet, Author, Activist and Film Producer


Peter Pogačar, State Secretary, Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Services and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia


12:30 -  2:00 pm

Facilitated Working Meetings (Organized by Topics of Discussion)

Every participant will participate in a working group addressing one of six listed themes. Every group will involve a diverse mix of stakeholders. Each group also will be supported by at least three subject matter experts who will contribute papers in advance of the conference that will serve as starting points for conversations. The experts will also support the conversation in the working groups. Facilitators will manage the conversations, initially as explorations of the issues and later with the goal of achieving agreements on recommendations for moving forward. (Breaks will occur as needed).

2:15 - 6:00 pm


Friday, October 6


Late Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 am

Facilitated Working Meetings (Organized by Topics of Discussion)

The focus of these meetings is on the development of policy and program ideas and further research questions for consideration by governments, business, labor, education and training providers, and by the civic community. The authors of the working papers will continue to participate as subject matter experts.

9:30 - 12:00 pm


Lunch & Featured Luncheon//Charles Adler, Entrepreneur

Luncheon Session Chair and Moderator: E.J. Reedy, Director of Research and International Engagement, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago

Charles Adler, Entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, and Founder of Lost Arts – a workspace for adventurous creatives Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, and Founder of Lost Arts.

Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowdfunding platform, revolutionized how creative projects are funding globally.

Lost Arts, a new experiment in the future of creative work, aims to drive innovation through open support of creativity.

As a leading entrepreneur and designer, his work ranges from systems design to interaction and community design, interface design to information architecture. In 2013, he was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business.

Charles co-founded Kickstarter in 2009 shaping it into the world’s largest platform funding independent creative endeavors. Since its inception, Kickstarter has raised over $2B from over 6.4M people for over 75,000 successful projects ranging from computer games to music albums,  technology, fashion, educational projects and full-length feature films.

Charles previously co-founded the online art publication Subsystence, and founded Source ID, where he operated as Principal Creative Director from 2003 to 2009.

Natasha T Miller, Poet, Author, Activist, and Film Producer

Final Reflections

Peter A. Creticos, President and CEO, Institute for Work and the Economy
Conclusions and recommendations from the working groups

12:15 - 2:00 pm

Next steps
General discussion from the floor

2:00 - 2:30 pm