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America is at a crossroads. According to research by the Brookings Institution, many of our young people are struggling to find work in our US labor force. Simultaneously, many open positions remain unoccupied as employers are unable to locate workers with the required skill set. Many of these unfilled jobs are in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – the industries that propel innovation, competition and economic growth.

What are we doing to address this skills gap and prepare our students to enter and excel in these competitive industries? Microsoft, in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and the Detroit Regional Chamber, is exploring this urgent condition in an exclusive event series called Microsoft YouthSpark Connections. Join us as we examine the most current research on youth, education, and the opportunities to better meet the requirements of the labor market through education.
We invite you to participate in a discussion with prominent leaders from Detroit education, government, and the civic community as they share their insights and perspectives to address this youth opportunity divide:
  • Moderator: Tom Walsh, Business Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Tonya Allen, CEO, The Skillman Foundation 
  • Penny Bailer, Executive Director, City Year Detroit
  • John Fikany, General Manager, Heartland District, Microsoft
  • Byron Garrett, Director, Innovative Schools, Microsoft
  • Shelley Stern Grach, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Central Region, Microsoft
  • Link Howard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Powerlink
  • Martha Ross, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Fellow
  • And other key influencers in education and workforce development
Through stimulating presentations and a panel conversation, we’ll address key issues such as:
  • What is the role of education in preparing students for careers?
  • How can we guarantee the education we deliver creates tangible benefits for our students?
  • How can students position themselves through education to meet the demands of the labor market?
  • How will higher education be affected by growth and evolution in the STEM fields over the coming decade?
  • How can we equip educators with innovative teaching tools?
While at the event please be sure to participate in a hands-on Windows 8 demonstration on the latest devices. And as an added bonus, we encourage all attendees, especially educators, to attend the special 30-minute session at 9:30am with a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Fellow. This supplemental session will explore the tools, technologies and learning techniques used to inspire students and help develop students 21st century skills.
Space is limited for this private, one-day only event. RSVP today to join our distinguished speakers and panelists to help ensure a better future for our students.
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YouthSpark Connections
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

In Partnership with:

Detroit Regional Chamber


Registration and Breakfast
Welcome to YouthSpark Connections
Brookings Research Presentation
Microsoft Response: YouthSpark
Panel Discussion / Q&A
Optional for educators:
21st Century Learning: How to Utilize
Windows in the Classroom


Lawrence Technological University
Building 9, Architecture Auditorium (A200)
21000 W. Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Parking: Guests may park in Lot A at Lawrence Technical University. Enter through Building 17: University Technology & Learning Center and proceed down the hall to Building 9: Architecture Building. The event will take place in the Architecture Auditorium (A200). Campus map available here.
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