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There's more than one future of work - a discussion series

Tech’s Workforce Impact Across Different Industries

Popular discussions about technology and the Future of Work often reference robots in manufacturing, but the introduction of automation to the manufacturing industry in the 20th century is likely quite different from how new technologies will be introduced into other industries here in the 21st century. This event will focus on how the introduction of AI, automation, and digitization look different between different sectors and ask how Washington stakeholders should respond to these changes, including through industry-specific policies around workforce re-skilling that complement universal approaches to assist workers and firms across industries.  


  • Daniel Bustillo, Director, Healthcare Career Advancement Project (HCAP)
  • Angie Cooper, Senior Director for Global Public Policy, Walmart
  • Portia WuManaging Director, U.S. Public Policy, Microsoft (former Assistant Secretary of Labor: Employment and Training Administration)
  • Robert Chiappetta, Director of Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America
  • Amy Titus, Managing Director, Human Capital, Deloitte
  • Andy Van Kleunen, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition

Uneven Prospects for Different Workers

Technology associated with the Future of Work will impact workers in every sector and at every level in the U.S. economy—but those impacts will not be borne equally. Research indicates the majority of job losses from automation will be borne by workers earning less than $20 / hour with a high school degree or less; many of these will be workers of color. Mid- and late-career workers with less developed digital skills than their younger counterparts are likewise vulnerable, as are a range of other experienced workers if they’re at a workplace that is not willing or able to continually invest in their re-skilling. How should public policy respond to the FOW impacts felt by these different groups of working Americans? What complimentary role can private industry play in these responses, and how can public policy better leverage those investments for workers most vulnerable to these changes?


  • Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO
  • Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Christina FitzPatrick, Policy Integration Director, AARP
  • Andy Van Kleunen, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition
  • Maggie Koziol, Senior Manager, Deloitte

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