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 General Session Presentations 

Download the PowerPoint presentations from each of the following general sessions by clicking on the links below.


Opening General Session—Welcome to WDI

This session will provide attendees with an overview of AACC’s 20th annual WDI and the landscape of America’s labor market.

Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO, AACC
Anthony Carnevale, Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, DC
Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District, CA
Kathy Mannes, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development, AACC
James McKenney, Special Assistant to the President and CEO, AACC

Lunch and General Session—Charting a New Course

Kristin Dziczek, Director, Labor & Industry Group, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), MI
Lucia Folk, Senior Director, Public Affairs, CMT, TN
James Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College, MI
Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, DC


General Session—A Year Up: Real Skills for Real Jobs With Real Success

Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO, Year Up, MA
Kayona Robinson, Student, City College of San Francisco, CA

Lunch and General Session—Where the Jobs Are: IT Businesses and IT-Dependent Employers sponsored by Intel

Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, DC
Debra Goldfarb, High Performance Computing Strategy Director, Intel Corporation, OR
William Kamela, Senior Director, Education and Workforce, Law and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft, DC
Mike McSally, Vice President, Enterprise Operations, Allegis Group, MD
Ben Morris, National College/Postsecondary President of SkillsUSA, Green River Community College, WA


Super General Session—Making Waves sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

This two-part session will focus on how community colleges must prepare and position the American workforce.

Part 1: The Disruptive Potential Community Colleges Have in Reframing the Skill Sets of the Future

Thom Ruhe
, Vice President, Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation, MO

Jonathan Robinson, Manager, Entrepreneurship Programs, Kauffman Foundation, MO

Lou Anne Bynum
, Executive Vice President, Long Beach City College, CA
Paul Corson, Adviser to the President for Strategic Partnerships, Lorain County Community College, OH
Garrett D. Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College, NC
Heather Van Sickle, Executive Director, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, MA

Presentation by Elliott Masie, Founder and President, MASIE Center, NY

Part 2: Disruptive Learning Opportunities and Challenges from Industry

Holly Zanville
, Program Director, Lumina Foundation, IN

Peg Walton
, Senior Director of Workforce Readiness, Corporate Voices for Working Families, DC

Brian Poland
, Director, Lifelong Learning and Talent Development, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., AR
Alexis Ringwald, Co-Founder and CEO, LearnUp, CA


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