Due to the breadth of certain topics, three program tracks will offer conversations across both Fest 1 and Fest 2. Additionally, focused attention will be given to four different subjects during each half of the Festival. Spotlight: Health kicks off the week as a focused, two-and-a-half day forum.
Given the remarkable pace of change in innovation and technology, experts have a hard time envisioning the job market in five years — let alone a decade from now. Work is being redefined in virtually every sector and industry, from manufacturing and service industries to health care, data management, product design, tech, and information services. What does all this change mean for the American worker? Will our young people be prepared? What will happen to the working wage?
Significant questions arise regarding manufacturing and our ability to simply "make things." Does manufacturing have a robust future in the U.S.? Who will be offered the jobs in that sector? Will the workforce get the training it needs to be productive? Which sectors will be generating the jobs of the future… and where? Will workers beyond our borders have the edge?
Given the prevalence of a short-term mindset in corporate board rooms and on Wall Street, there is great concern for our capacity to look far enough ahead, especially when it comes to the kinds of R&D required to jump-start whole new industries. How do we encourage the longer view? Will the United States still be considered the land of opportunity by 2024? Or will this mantle shift elsewhere?