Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Executive Director

“Upwardly Mobile”

Nisha Patel is executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership is a nonpartisan group of leaders, experts, and practitioners working to identify promising interventions to make real, lasting progress against persistent poverty in America.

Patel has nearly two decades of experience leading, developing, and implementing initiatives to increase economic opportunities for low-income families. She served in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Family Assistance within the US Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing a $17 billion annual portfolio of federal grants, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Patel was previously deputy director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, where she led national efforts to expand two-generation approaches to improve outcomes for children and their parents. Before that, Patel was a program officer in the US Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed a portfolio focused on increasing postsecondary success through community partnerships and policy development, as well as special initiatives.

Patel previously held positions as director of programs at Washington Area Women’s Foundation and senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. She has also been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University.

Patel is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MSW with a concentration in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis.

“My goal is to generate great ideas and move them into action, with a focus on solutions that create economic opportunity in the United States.”  To contact; or connect with her on social media below.

Leila Janah

Leila Janah

Founder/ CEO, Samasource and LXMI

“Give Work”

Leila Janah creates companies that share a common social mission…to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. Leila is a pioneer in the field of impact sourcing, the practice of hiring people from the bottom of the pyramid to complete digital work. Born out of the belief that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not, Leila create services to help businesses achieve their goals, while radically altering the life trajectory of their workers. One of her companies, Samasource, has helped over 34,000 people lift themselves out of poverty by sourcing data projects from some of the world’s largest companies, including Google, Glassdoor, and Microsoft.

Leila will be available to sign her soon to be released book, Give Work, after the plenary session.

***This is part 1 of the Policy Plenary Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Policy Plenary Panel

Policy Plenary Panel

“On Point: System Viability on the Line”


Ron Painter, President/CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards


Chris Andresen, Public Affairs Consultant, CWA; Senior VP, Dutko GR

Virginia Hamilton, ETA Regional Administrator, Region 6,

U.S. Department of Labor

Eric Seleznow, Senior Advisor, Jobs for the Future

Jason Tyszko, Executive Director, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

What’s the future of workforce development in this country? With the dynamics of the Congress, how do we build an effective coalition that supports a workforce system that can respond to the skill shortages and skill requirements needed in healthcare, manufacturing, construction and other major industries essential to America’s future?  Panelists will discuss legislative challenges within the current political environment, current and future funding scenarios, as well as wider support issues that persist around the public workforce system.

***This is part 2 of the Policy Plenary Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel

Apprenticeship in America

Eric M. Seleznow, Senior Advisor, Jobs for the Future

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U. S. Department of Labor

Reimagining Apprenticeships


Vinz Koller, Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Social Policy Research Associates


John Dunn, Special Consultant for Apprenticeships

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Dr. Katherine Caves, Centre for Comparative Education Systems,

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

Doreen S. Moreno, Director, Government & Community Relations

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Edward DeJesus, National Director, Workforce Development Programs & Policy, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.

John Brauer, Executive Director, California Labor Federation

Apprenticeships are experiencing a renaissance. No wonder. They blend classroom and work based learning, they cultivate the talent businesses need, and they offer people opportunities to build great careers. But if they are such a panacea, why do they have such a stodgy image? Why do they seem so old-school — and hard to work with? What if we thought about them differently and built a new ecosystem to support them?

Each of our panelists brings a unique perspective to California’s effort to make full use of the ‘Apprenticeship Advantage’. Come reimagine with us what the future of apprenticeship could be, and how we could be a part of making it happen.

Michael Karl

Michael Karl

Speaker | Mentalist | Entrepreneur

“Thinking Outside the Box: Seeing What’s Possible”

Everyone wants us to think outside the box, but very few people show us how. As a magician and mentalist, Michael Karl makes his living by thinking differently and making the impossible possible.

Michael will both demonstrate his magic and reverse engineer his tricks to help you rethink your everyday problem solving. This session will enhance your thinking, shift your perspective, and shed new light on problem solving, all helping you to actually think outside the box.

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