Making the Business Case for Business:
Why Should Business Be Invested in Increasing Educational Attainment?

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2010—Are the workforce needs of employers being met by higher education? If not, where is the skills “gap,” and what role could/should the business community play in developing a job-ready workforce that includes helping workers achieve a high-quality degree or credential?  

National Journal and guest panelists will explore whether companies can afford not to take a vested interest in improving educational attainment to remain competitive in today’s global economy.

The event will take place on November 17, 2010 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Newseum Broadcast Studio, will be hosted by National Journal, and will be underwritten by Lumina Foundation for Education.


  • Keynote: Melody Barnes, director, The White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Moderator: Michael Hirsh, chief correspondent, National Journal
  • Panelists:
    Dane Linn, director of the education division, National Governors Association
    William H. Gary, Sr., senior vice president for workforce development, Northern Virginia Community College
    Andy Van Kleunen, executive director, National Skills Coalition
    Elizabeth H. Shuler, secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO
    Susan Traiman, director, education, innovation and workforce policy, Business Roundtable


    The Newseum Knight Broadcast Studio
    555 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.,
    Washington, DC 20001


    Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    8:30—10:30 a.m.

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