Preparing New York State’s Workforce for Automation

Event - February 2019

Preparing New York State’s Workforce for Automation

On March 4th, the Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP will hold a forum, "Preparing New York State’s Workforce for Automation," featuring keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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“Preparing New York State’s Workforce for Automation”
A Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP Policy Symposium

Monday, March 4, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

@ Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany 
Hudson Ballroom


A recent Center for an Urban Future study revealed that more than 1.2 million jobs across the state are highly automatable. Although most of these jobs will not completely disappear, hundreds of thousands of positions from Albany to Buffalo will likely be fundamentally transformed in the years ahead, with many requiring a higher degree of technology fluency.

This symposium, generously supported by Workforce Development Institute and Fisher Brothers Foundation, will explore what state and local government officials, workforce development organizations, education leaders, and business executives should be doing now to plan for these changes. The solutions-oriented discussion will delve into questions such as: What are effective strategies for reskilling and upskilling New Yorkers who currently work in occupations that are at risk of automation? How can policymakers, educators, workforce organizations, and employers collaborate to ensure that more New Yorkers have access to skills-building programs aligned with the needs of a fast-changing economy? How can policymakers incentivize opportunities for lifelong learning? 

Keynote Speaker:

  • Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Confirmed panelists include: 

  • Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo, Chair, Committee on Labor
  • Lois Johnson, Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute
  • Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO, Albany Can Code
  • Melinda Mack, Executive Director, NYATEP
  • Todd M. Oldham, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, Monroe Community College

Attendance is free, but space is very limited. RSVP is required via email to events@nycfuture.org.

Buffet lunch and refreshments will be served. 


11:30     Registration + Buffet Lunch 
11:50     Welcome + Introductory Remarks 
12:00     Keynote Address
12:10     Panel Discussion 
1:20       Audience Questions + Ideas 
1:50       Closing

This symposium is made possible thanks to generous support from Workforce Development Institute and Fisher Brothers Foundation. The Center for an Urban Future receives general operating support from The Clark Foundation, the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, and Altman Foundation.

Photo Credit: Franck V./Unsplash