Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell

4th Industrial Revolution Keynote Luncheon: Workforce Development -
12:00 pm 10/18/2019
Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

As the 4th Industrial Revolution impacts the workplace, it also impacts every one of us. Not only do employers need to focus on keeping up with advances in technology in their operations, they must also ensue their workforce is keeping pace with the rapid rate of change. As we continue to delve into the impacts of 4IR, this panel will look at how companies are dealing with the need for employees to continually update their skills, and what employees need to do to stay relevant. Join Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, Jason Scales, Ph.D., Business Manager for Lincoln Electric’s Education products and services, Maureen Tholen, Sustainability Director for 3M’s Industrial Business, and Safety and Graphics Business Groups, and chairperson of the SkillsUSA Foundation Inc, and Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation for the University of Arizona for a candid discussion on the future of work, moderated by Pima Community College’s Vice President of Workforce Development, Dr. Ian Roark.

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell leads the UA Office of Research, Innovation and Impact, which includes the Corporate Engagement Program, Tech Launch Arizona, the Forge and the UA research parks.

She is responsible for expanding the university’s capacity for knowledge creation and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the UA’s connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding.

Dr. Cantwell joined the University of Arizona after successfully serving as the CEO of Arizona State University Research Enterprise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the university’s applied research and development. Previously she served as ASU’s vice president for research development. During her tenure in that role, annual research expenditures grew by more than $150 million to a total of $610 million.

Prior to ASU, Cantwell worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where she was director for economic development. Prior to working at LLNL, she served in strategic leadership roles at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

She has a long career in space systems engineering, from satellite development to life support systems, and sits on the National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley