Talent Development for the Workplace: A Roundtable Discussion with Leaders in Education and Business
Leaders in education and business are committed to closing equity gaps and fostering economic prosperity for everyone in Florida. By developing industry-specific curriculum, outlining innovative education pathways, and opening communication between education and business, Florida will meet its current and future workforce needs.
“Helios Education Foundation was proud to convene statewide leaders to elaborate on the way education and business currently address workplace talent needs and explore opportunities that proactively prepare more individuals for success,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation.
Luna moderated the diverse panel which consisted of Dr. Tonjua Williams, President, St. Petersburg College; Ms. Charleita Richardson, Executive Director, Florida College Access Network; Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University, and Mr. Bill Geode, President, Tampa Bay, Bank of America. The panel discussion informed a special section on education which published by Business Journals in Tampa Bay, Central Florida, and South Florida.
Addressing education equity gaps that perpetuate a lack of degree attainment among minority students is critical to ensuring a balanced and richly diverse workforce, and is foundational to economic growth. Aligning curriculum to immediate employment solidifies the value of postsecondary education, provides talent ready to engage in the workforce, and builds a pipeline of qualified individuals attractive to new employers.