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Strengthening Small and Medium Business through Tech Apprenticeships
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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) play an essential role in the economy and innovation but often face scarce human resources that can keep them from reaching their potential. Registered apprenticeships can help level the playing field for SMBs by enabling them to recruit local talent for promising careers in the digital economy.

Join the Urban Institute as we explore the role of tech apprenticeships as a talent development strategy for SMBs to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry and the importance of recruiting diverse tech talent. This hybrid event will include remarks from the US Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and a lively panel discussion among tech leaders and their apprentices.

 

Welcome Remarks: 

  • Kimberlyn Leary, Senior Vice President, Urban Institute
  • Martin J. Walsh, Secretary, Department of Labor
  • Karan Bhatia, Global Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google

  • Zach Boren, Senior Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute

 

Panel Discussion: 

  • Tal Frankfurt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cloud for Good
  • Courtney Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Cyber Solutions
  • Odette Nemes, Head of Growth, Onramp
  • Jomarie Polanco,  Software Engineer II, Twitch, Former Apprentice

  • Winellia Rivera, Information Security Specialist Apprentice, Paragon Cyber Solutions

  • Bhavani Arabandi, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute (moderator)

 

This event is available for in-person or virtual participation. Please be sure to register correctly. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster shot, is required to attend this event in-person. Please be prepared to show proof of your vaccinations upon arrival. In-person check-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. and a reception will follow the event. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Support for this event is provided by Google.org. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to urban.org/fundingprinciples.

Register for this hybrid event Date & Time Wednesday, December 14, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
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Urban Institute Speakers
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Senior Policy Program Manager
  • Senior Vice President