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.
The increased speed of doing business, accelerated changes in technology, and constant disruption of established markets, are challenging organizations to change their business models. This panel will discuss how innovation is a critical response to these pressures and will share their strategies for changing organizational culture and processes for promoting innovative practices across their organizations.
As the Vice President of Workforce Development for Pima Community College since 2015, Ian serves to increase PCC’s responsiveness to the needs of businesses and industry and align the college’s programs to the workforce and economic development priorities of the region. In this role, Ian is the single point of contact at Pima Community College for workforce and economic development initiatives and works with internal and external stakeholders to develop, revitalize and reform technical programs, serving over 20,000 students annually.