Future-Proofing Human Capital STEM Strategy: A Global STEM Talent Initiative Deep Dive November 14

by William Broman


The Global STEM Talent Initiative (GSTS) is the world’s largest private-sector leadership forum marking a watershed moment in transitioning from STEM theory into action. With a unique sequence of strategically connected events, GSTS has become the authority in STEM talent development supporting a large coalition of strong, impactful partners with progressive strategies that drives efficiency, business performance and sustainable enterprise growth.

On November 14, 2017, GSTS will host a deep dive session focused on Future-Proofing Human Capital STEM Strategy with exemplary leadership capabilities delivering short term results and long-term sustainability. This interactive discussion will provide guidance on advanced proficiencies needed to address today’s most pressing STEM talent development leadership challenges including:

  • Gain real-time insights into dynamic real-world business environments
  • Access an unparalleled forum with candid, peer-to-peer discussions and thought-provoking analysis
  • Pressure test your companies STEM strategies that create best practices leadership through times of opportunity and innovation
  • Identify new and nascent trends in STEM talent development
  • Learn from seasoned executives with unique skills, business knowledge and leadership capabilities that help you navigate expanding requirements in the STEM skills gap

The 2018 Annual Summit on May 3-4, hosted by Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, DC will gain insights on scalable STEM strategies turbocharging digital excellence in business which can be applied in the US and globally.

November 14 Agenda

  • 8:00-8:15 am: Arrival
  • 8:15-8:30 am: Welcome Remarks – Edie, Leslie and Michael
  • 8:30-9:00 am: GSTS Update – Balaji Ganapathy, Head – Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services and Kathleen Martinez, Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships

  • 9:00-10:00 am: London Town Hall
    • Andrew Reynolds Smith, CEO, Smiths Group (via video)
    • Rakesh Sharma, CEO, Ultra Electronics (dialing in)
    • Sir John Parker, Director, Airbus and Carnival Corporation, Chairman, Anglo American and Ombu Group, Former President, Royal Academy of Engineering (dialing in)
    • Keith Hutchison, SVP, US Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, National Grid (in person)
  • 10:00-10:15 am – Networking Break

  • 10:15-11:00 am: Jessi Gordon, Senior Consultant, Gallup – The Coming Disruption in Higher Education
    • Many judge the value of a college degree using measures such as graduates’ employment and starting salaries. As it turns out, having a job and making money doesn’t tell us much about graduates’ success in their lives. The ultimate outcome of an education is not just about grades or money — it is about having a great job and living a great life.
  • 11:00-12:00 pm: Elizabeth Lipscomb, VP, Strategic Alliances and Robin Porter, Director of Instructional Design, Discovery Education – How Experiential Learning Fosters STEM Skills Development
    • STEMconnector and their partner organizations understand the business imperative for a skilled STEM workforce – but how do we connect those skills to the classroom?  By engaging students with real-world, first-hand experiences, Experiential Learning models provide a critical opportunity for students to roll up their sleeves and put tangible STEM skills into practice.  In this session, Discovery Education’s Director of Instructional Design, Robin Porter, will help us understand how the business community’s need for STEM talent development translates into real-world experiential learning for students.  Drawing from her experience building impact-driven partnerships, Robin will walk attendees through the curriculum design process and share select case studies illuminating the power of experiential learning to provide today’s students with future-proof STEM skills for tomorrow’s jobs.
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: Networking Lunch

  • 1:00-2:00 pm: – Landon Taylor, CEO, Base 11 – Scalable STEM Talent Development Strategies to Accelerate the Pipeline: What’s the ROI?
    • In this interactive discussion, we will focus in on establishing and clearly communicating the business case for corporations and academic institutions to invest in proactive and scalable STEM talent development strategies.  At Base 11, we’ve found that without a clear and measurable ROI model, it is difficult to get firm buy in from the C-suite and across the organization in a manner that shifts STEM Talent Development from a nice to have to an organization wide strategic priority with sustainable budget and alignment to the organizations long term strategic plan.  During the session we will review sample ROI driven models that are working, and explore how STEMconnector can help empower GSTS members with the data and resources needed to design scalable STEM talent development strategies which are rooted in a defensible business case.
  • 2:00-2:45 pm – Sari Gerb, Academic Ambassador for Higher Education, Dassault – Overcoming Challenges in Manufacturing with a STEM-trained Workforce
    • Today’s manufacturers are subject to different paradigms than we had just a few years ago, and the rate of change is accelerating.  Many processes that were manual-intensive and difficult to prototype can now be simulated in software and 3D Printing. This creates 2 unique problems for management.  How do we deal with the aging workforce that has all the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective while reducing the learning curve and required skills for new hires and recent graduates?  Do future employees require engineering degrees AND software programming skills to be leaders in manufacturing?  What other skills will be essential to this new world? This interactive session will discuss the challenges and misconceptions seen by parents, teachers and students and the need for continuous learning both hands-on and through digital worlds (VR is just one type). The session will highlight what leading organizations are doing to address this challenge.
  • 2:453:00 pm – Closing Remarks