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Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. He previously served as co-founder and president...Read bio »

America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating and Deploying the 21st Century Workforce

May 15, 2016

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis shares his thoughts on building a stronger nation and better lives for all Americans through talent development. This keynote speech outlines key concepts in his book America Needs Talent, and includes powerpoint slides from the event detailing Merisotis' personal reflections on talent as it relates to his own family story.

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America’s Talent Gap: Five Areas of Focus

May 09, 2016

Talent is something we should focus on in America these days. Sure, we have amazing athletes, musicians and the latest YouTube sensations. But, we need the talent- knowledge, skills and abilities, honed by education- to meet the massive gap that exists between the workforce we have and the workforce we need.

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In the talent race, companies are helping pay for employees’ higher education. Is it paying off?

April 25, 2016

As the job market rebounds and Millennials become the dominant generation in the workforce, companies are stepping up their efforts to attract top talent. To do so, many are turning towards a benefit that has been offered to varying degrees over the last decade – covering the cost of employees’ higher education.

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The data problem that perpetuates America’s ongoing college-value debate

April 06, 2016

The March jobs report adds to a pile of conclusive evidence that most of the jobs being created in today’s economy require an education beyond high school. Jobs that demand a post-high school credential have been leading the recovery, with 9 million college jobs added since 2007. Meanwhile, 6.3 million jobs for high-school-educated workers are gone, and they’re not coming back.

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How Obama's new education secretary could build a legacy in less than a year

April 05, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. has just shy of 10 months in his post before the next administration takes over. But that doesn’t mean he’s a caretaker—far from it. Indeed, Secretary King has many opportunities to have a real and lasting influence on the trajectory of education in the country. An ideal opportunity to create an outsized impact is by leveraging his position to advance higher education equity.

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4 Things You Should Know About College Financial Aid

Feb 05, 2016

Jamie Merisotis shares what financial aid recipients need to know about getting the most out of their money.

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LGBT rights important to business

Feb 01, 2016

Indiana has a huge unmet need for workers with the skills and knowledge required to fill 21st century jobs and fuel our state’s economic growth. Consider that by the end of this decade, at least 55 percent of Hoosier jobs will require some form of education beyond high school. And we’re falling woefully behind in meeting that demand. Only 34 percent of adult Hoosiers acquired a two- or four-year degree as of last year. This places us 40th among states in higher education attainment in a nation that, on the whole, faces a looming talent gap.

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Jamie Merisotis: Making Providence a talent hub

Jan 25, 2016

The 21st century is shaping up to be a golden age for cities, with growth in U.S. municipalities projected to create an even stronger urban majority in coming decades. The cities that emerge as exemplars in this era will focus on a common ingredient: talent. Their future successes will be shaped — in large part — by their ability to hone the pool of critical human capital needed to fuel this century’s workforce.

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It’s the Learning, Stupid

Jan 08, 2016

Higher education institutions must redesign and reinvent themselves to reflect the realities of today’s students, today’s economy and today’s highly competitive marketplace.

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