Untapped: Redefining Hiring in the New Economy


4 Copley Place
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
United States

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - 8:30am to 10:30am

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In 2016, Massachusetts became the first state where 50 percent of the workforce holds a four‐year college degree. In general, states with better-educated workforces have stronger economies with robust job growth and high wages. Yet, this prosperity has not been shared equally across all workers in the Commonwealth. This disparity is even greater in Boston. What accounts for this continued growth in inequality across educational groups?

Untapped: Redefining Hiring in the New Economy” seeks to examine this matter at its core. The report has been conducted by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and Burning Glass Technologies, and commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and the Office of Economic Development. Through an extensive analysis of worker resumes, job postings, and other data points, a new lens is applied to non‐BA workers in Greater Boston and the degree to which they align with employer demand.

Please join us as we hear from the report’s author and a panel of employers, each who’ve taken a specific approach to hiring non-BA workers in Boston. The panel will explore what actions city leaders, employers, and community institutions can take to support a more inclusive and productive workforce.

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Event Agenda:

  • 8:30AM - 8:40AM - Arrival & General Networking
  • 8:40AM - 8:45AM - Welcome Remarks
  • John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston

  • 8:45AM - 9:00AM - Report Briefing: “Untapped: Redefining Hiring in the New Economy”

    • Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Urban Affairs & Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center, Northeastern University

  • 9:00AM - 10:00AM - Employer Panel Discussion

  • John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston, Moderator
  • Sean Gallagher, Founder & Executive Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education & Talent Strategy & Professor of Educational Policy, Northeastern University
  • Trinh Nguyen, Director, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, City of Boston
  • Jennie Peterson, Director of Employment, Encore Boston Harbor
  • Joanne Pokaski, Senior Director of Workforce Development & Community Relations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Deborah Poole, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Wayfair
  • Natalie Van Kleef Conley, Senior Program Manager, Google
  • 10:00AM - 10:15AM - Audience Q&A

  • 10:15AM - 10:20AM - Closing Remarks

  • 10:20AM - 10:30AM - Departure & General Networking


We designed the Economic Development Center to directly engage with residents and businesses. We want to build pathways to wealth building and connect you with opportunities to grow and thrive. All workshops are free and open to the public but require registration.

All Workshops Include:

  • Food
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Interpretive Services (Upon Request)
  • A Child-Friendly Environment