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Discussion with Lumina CEO Jamie Merisotis: Philanthropy's Role in Talent & Workforce Development

Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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SCG and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation invite you to a special roundtable discussion with Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, on our nation's talent shortage and what philanthropy can do to change it.

The discussion will feature insights from his new book and thoughts on how philanthropy can take on a leadership role in addressing the shortage of talent in our nation’s workforce by redesigning our higher education system among other innovative ideas.

Jamie Merisotis is one of our nation's foremost experts on higher education reform and a leading voice on the importance of increasing talent to meet our nation's workforce demands.

He is a sought after advisor to U.S. presidents, members of Congress, presidential candidates (including the current cycle), governors, state policymakers, mayors, CEOs and more.

In his newly released book, America Needs Talent, Merisotis shares five ideas for ushering in a new era of innovation and success by arming our nation with significantly more thinkers, makers and risk takers: rethinking and reimagining higher education; unleashing private sector innovation; consolidating and re-purposing the federal role in talent development; developing a new immigration model built around the type of talent we need; and reimagining our cities as hubs of talent.

We hope you can join us for this unique opportunity to engage in an intimate and interactive conversation with a national philanthropic leader.

About the Speaker

Jamie Merisotis (@jamiemerisotis)
President and CEO, Lumina Foundation (@LuminaFound)

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Under his leadership, Lumina has embraced an ambitious and specific goal: to ensure that, by 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials. Merisotis is author of the book, “America Needs Talent,” published by RosettaBooks.

He previously served as co-founder and president of the nonpartisan Institute for Higher Education Policy, and as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability. Merisotis is an expert on a wide range of issues. He is well versed in domestic and international issues, including talent development, higher education financing, minority-serving colleges and universities, learning outcomes, and the social and economic benefits of higher education. His work includes extensive global expertise, with experience in southern Africa, the former Soviet Union, Europe and other parts of the world. A highly regarded analyst and innovator, Merisotis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the leadership council of The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project on national service. Merisotis also helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), serving as an adviser to senior management on issues related to the quality and effectiveness of national service initiatives. He serves as vice chairman and investment committee chair for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest museum for children, and is a member of the board of directors for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the leading voice for regional economic development in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. He also serves on the board of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece, a bicultural institution that includes a college, a high school and an elementary school. He also is special adviser to the executive committee of the London-based European Access Network. His previous board service includes terms as president of the Economic Club of Indiana; as chairman of the board for Scholarship America, the nation’s largest private-sector scholarship and educational-support organization; and as board vice chair for the Washington Internship Institute. He is frequently sought after as a media commentator and contributor. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Politico and other publications.


Who May Attend:
Current SCG members, grantmakers eligible for SCG membership and LA Chamber members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact [email protected].

SCG members and LA Chamber members: No cost to participate
Non-members: $100 per person

Grantmakers eligible for SCG membership: register online. If you do not yet have an SCG account, contact us at [email protected].

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