2018 Innovation Lab Events


September 19, 2019
Hosted by Walmart 
Dallas, TX 

 Communities are increasingly taking a holistic approach to regional workforce development, using cross-sector, cradle-to-career efforts to improve outcomes for both students and employers. This Lab will explore how employers can catalyze and engage in these regional approaches to workforce development by creating connected pathways for students through K-12, postsecondary education and to the STEM workforce. 

 Why take a cradle to career approach to workforce development? 

 The K-12 years are critical in establishing the fundamental skills required to pursue STEM majors and careers, as well as sparking interest and excitement in STEM. The majority of those students who pursue STEM education after high school had their interest sparked before middle school. 

 Cross-sector, cradle-to-career efforts are designed to create opportunities for students to gain and sustain interest in STEM careers and fluency in STEM skills, helping to plug some of the holes in the leaky STEM talent pipeline. For employers, these efforts can amplify the impact of their work around STEM talent development in target geographies. 

About the K-12 STEM Innovation Lab

 The discussion during the lab will help inform a future STEMconnector white paper, Cradle-to- Career Efforts & STEM: Case Studies on Effective Employer Participation. This white paper will provide case studies on cradle-to-career, regional approaches to STEM talent development and best practices employers can implement to enhance and expand both their community impact and STEM talent pipeline. 

Innovation Lab Objectives

Participants will hear from subject matter experts, discuss topical research and data from STEMconnector and the field, and engage in hands-on activities. The Lab will enable participants to enrich their own understanding of the issues and develop a framework for supporting cradle to career efforts in their own regions.

The Lab will connect non-profit, industry, and education leaders interested in learning from one another and focus on better aligning cradle to career efforts with STEM talent development. Participants of the Lab will gain:

  • Strategic positioning as a STEM thought leader by sharing their own successes and challenges faced with participating in cradle to career initiatives
  • Best practices for employers interested in engaging with such initiatives
  • Connections to other leading executives in the field to whom they can turn for future collaboration

Previous Innovation Lab Participants

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Citizen Schools
  • CME Group
  • Covestro
  • Discovery Education
  • DLR Group
  • IEEE
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Klutz
  • MIND Research Institute
  • Museum of Science
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
  • Overdeck Family Foundation
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Regeneron
  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Smithsonian
  • SRI International
  • STEM Next
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tiger Woods Foundation
  • United Technologies
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival
  • Verizon
  • Walmart