Workforce Policy


Joint Center at CBCF ALC Innovation Events!

It’s CBCF Annual Legislative Conference Week! Joint Center President Spencer Overton will speak at two sessions on the future of African Americans on Friday and Saturday hosted by Congresswomen Yvette D. Clarke and Lisa Blunt Rochester (details below). Please add these events to your schedule!

The events build on the Joint Center’s focus on the future of work, the future of entrepreneurship, and smart communities  5G & Smart Cities report here.

Smart Cities and You:
The Future is Here, Don’t Get Left Behind
Date:Friday, September 22
Location:Walter E. Washington Convention Center Room 143A
Hosted By:Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY 9th District)

  • Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • Commissioner Colette Honorable
  • David Albritton, General Motors Company Executive Director of Communications for Global Product Development
  • Marie Sylla-Dixon, T-Mobile Vice President of Federal Government and External Affairs
  • Spencer Overton, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President
  • David Owens, Retired Edison Electric Institute Executive Vice President
  • New York Senator Kevin Parker
Summary:Transforming our communities to smart cities will bring many benefits such as innovative technology, more jobs, less pollution and more efficient transportation opportunities. During this session, a panel of experts from utilities, tech, telecom and transportation will discuss the role that we can play in making sure our communities are not left behind in this transformation. Click here for the forum flyer.
The Future of Work:
How New Technologies Will Impact the Workforce of Color
Date:Saturday, September 23
Location:Walter E. Washington Convention Center Room 143B

Hosted By Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE At-large)
  • Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Center for Global Policy Solutions CEO
  • Lt. Colonel David Ocelander (Ret.), Starbucks Director of the Opportunity Youth Program
  • Spencer Overton, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President
  • Alastair Fitzpayne, Aspen Institute Director of Future of Work Initiative
Summary:This session will discuss the trends, patterns and skill sets that will make Americans competitive in our rapidly changing economy. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, former Delaware Secretary of Labor and member of the House Education & Workforce committee, will be joined by a diverse panel of experts in this field to bring clarity and insight to the topic. Learn how the American workforce can better prepare itself to be competitive in the new 21st century economy. Click here