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Workforce development is more important than ever as California faces a hollowing out of middle class jobs, the rise of robots and automation in more professions, an evolving gig-economy, a growing discussion about social justice and racial discrimination in the workplace, and a deep recession.

Join us for a virtual conversation about the California economy’s workforce needs, and how educators and training programs are meeting them. We’ll explore what is being done by state and local authorities, universities and private employers — and how workforce training they’ve used for years must be reformed right now to meet the evolving needs of a rapidly changing world.



  • Dr. Soraya M. Coley, president, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona / Member, California Future of Work Commission
  • Abby Snay, deputy secretary for the Future of Work, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
  • Jessica Ku Kim, senior director of Workforce Development, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • Greg Nosal, senior director of talent acquisition, Northrop Grumman Corporation

The discussion will be moderated by CalMatters higher education reporter Mikhail Zinshteyn and structured around our participants.

We’d love to hear from you before we meet. What questions and comments do you have? You can submit them on the following form.


This is event is part of a series of virtual discussions hosted by CalMatters and the Milken Institute about California’s response, recovery, and resilience strategies in a post-COVID landscape, and what the “Future of Work” means now to educators, employers, college students and cities statewide.