NYU School of Professional Studies to Host “Industry Through the Lens of Education: Changing Perceptions of Career and College Readiness” at The Pierre on December 3

Event will Feature Millennial Workplace Expert Lindsey Pollak; New York Times Deputy Managing Editor Lawrence Ingrassia as Moderator; and Panelists From Government, Media, Industry, and Higher Education, Who Will Explore the Skills and Generation Gaps in the Workforce and the Ways in Which They Can be Addressed

NEW YORK, November 25, 2014 – The NYU School of Professional Studies will host a major thought leadership event, “Industry Through the Lens of Education: Changing Perceptions of Career and College Readiness,” on Wednesday, December 3, at The Pierre in New York City.

The event will provide a forum for provocative discussions that explore the relationship of higher education to industry and the workforce. Panelists will: delve into the reasons why higher education and industry are not on the same page and how they can collaborate more effectively; explore the ways in which higher education must evolve for a 21st century global job market; uncover the reasons why, even though the economy is recovering, recent college graduates are having a difficult time securing jobs; and gain a deeper understanding of the role that government can play in bridging the skills, education, and generation gaps.

The event will be comprised of two panels, both moderated by Lawrence Ingrassia, deputy managing editor of The New York Times. The first panel, “The Accountability Factor: Who’s in Charge of Workforce Readiness?,” will feature Anthony P. Abbatiello, managing director, Accenture Strategy - global human resources consulting lead; Alphonso David, deputy secretary and counsel for civil rights, Office of the New York State Governor; Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources, CareerBuilder; Lauren Weber, reporter, Careers and Workplace Issues, The Wall Street Journal; and Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO, Partnership for New York City.

The second panel, “The Generation Gap: What Educators are Doing to Evolve Professional Education and Career Readiness,” will feature Jay Bhatt, president and CEO, Blackboard Inc.; Jordan Goldman, founder, Unigo, and vice president of business development, Unigo Group; Matthew Philips, associate editor, Bloomberg Businessweek; Deborah Santiago, cofounder, chief operating officer, and vice president for policy, Excelencia in Education; Peter Stokes, managing director, Huron Education, Huron Consulting Group Inc.; and Paul Taylor, senior fellow, Pew Research Center.

“We have gathered together highly respected authorities in their fields to explore issues such as the evolving demands of the marketplace and the increasing need for institutions of higher learning and employers to accommodate new modes of learning,” said Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies. “This is a very necessary and timely discussion as we seek to prepare our graduates for future careers in a continually evolving marketplace.”

Lindsey Pollak, an expert on Millennials in the workplace and best-selling author of “Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders” and “Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World,” will be the keynote luncheon speaker.

The event will take place on Wednesday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street (at the corner of 5th Avenue). Breakfast and lunch will be served. Seats are limited for this free event. To register, please click here.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Graphic Communications Management and Technology; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Resource Management and Development; Liberal and Allied Arts; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; and Sports Management, Media, and Business.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.