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Edward E. Gordon Presentations

Presentations by an inspiring job-skills expert who is a professional speaker, author, and researcher and knowledgeable interdisciplinary thought leader who . . .

Edward E. Gordon
  • Offers actions for today and explores the future
    Ed draws on extensive pragmatic business, education and governmental experience with over 300 clients. His latest cutting-edge research helps people think about innovations for today and success strategies for tomorrow.
  • Delivers powerful wake-up call messages with humor
    Ed gives audiences a clear "big picture" reality check as well as specific actions for solving complex talent issues

Audiences:

  • Businesses
  • Educators
  • Government Officials
  • Workforce Organizations
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Trade/Professional Associations
  • Parent Groups
  • Non-Profits

Presentation Modes:

  • Keynotes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Speeches
  • Workshops
  • Executive Briefings
  • Commencements
  • Skype and Other Remote Delivery Options

Hear or Watch an Ed Gordon Presentation

  • View a May 2014 presentation to the Watertown SD Economic Summit
  • View a segment of a 2013 speech at the Wayne County Ohio Workforce Summit
  • View his keynote presentation at the 2010 IEEE-USA annual meeting
  • Hear his keynote address to the New North Summit in Sheboygan, WI
Note:

All of the programs below are specifically customized for each audience based on the occupations represented, geographic region, pertinent issues and our current research. Program titles can be changed to reflect client needs. We will gladly consider client requests for other specialized program topics.

Program Descriptions:

Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis

A jobs and skills disconnect continues to widen across the United States and around the world. Technology and global business practices have continuously raised the employee knowledge bar for most jobs, yet the education-to-employment system remains unchanged. Why are so many Americans sitting on the job sidelines, while over seven million jobs are vacant across the United States? How can we create more skilled talent urgently needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow? Ed Gordon will help participants consider the choices that will need to be made along the journey through this major employment crossroad. Drawing upon his research for his latest book, Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis, Gordon will focus on how community cross-sector initiatives, for which he has coined the term RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks), are restructuring regional talent-creation systems. He will include examples of promising RETAINs in which businesses, educators, non-profits and other community groups have formed partnerships to equip students with the education and skills needed for 21st-century careers and to retrain workers with the specific skills needed by regional employers.

People without Jobs -- Jobs without People: Solving the Job-Skills Disconnect

Today's job-skills disconnect has led to underemployment and workers leaving the job market at a time when more employers cannot find qualified workers to fill vacant jobs. The United States is at a critical employment tipping point -- trillions of  dollares in economic growth as well as the survival of millions of businesses and careers are at stake. Ed Gordon will help participants consider the choices that will need to be made along the journey through this major employment crossroad.  In these hightly volatile times greater cooperation among businesses, educators, union leaders, career development professionals, government agencies, and community groups is needed to rebuild the jobs pipeline. Gordon will focus on how community cross-sector initiatives that he calls RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks) are creating new career and employment systems that are responsive to local/regional economic needs. Their short-term focus is to retrain workers and the unemployed with the skills currently needed by regional employers. Long-term they seek to rebuild the workforce pipeline through comprehensive K-12 and post-secondary career-education programs.

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Mobilizing Regional Public-Private Partnerships: The Promise of RETAINs

Across America dynamic regional public-private partnerships are investing in new education-to-employment systems. Acting as umbrella organizations, these RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks) use teamwork to build broader, interconnected networks of partners that bridge the talent gap between current educational preparation and the rising skill needs of local/regional businesses. Today across the United States there over 1,000 RETAINs which have a wide variety of local "brand" names. In this program Ed Gordon will show how these broad alliances of businesses, educators, government agencies, and community groups are organzing successful regional collaborations. He will provide several model case studies and analyze how they can be adapted to meet local business needs and community aspirations. Gordon offers audiences an optimistic message based on years of research and consulting experience. He shows how these “Gateways to the Future†are now making current businesses more competitive, attracting new start-ups for regional economic growth over the next decade, and preparing more people for better paying jobs.

Solving the STEM Worker Shortage

Skill gaps in computer science, engineering, and other STEM fields continue to widen across the United States and around the world. Technology and global business practices are raising STEM job requirements for white-collar and blue-collar workers, yet the nation's education-to-employment system largely remains unchanged. What are the dimensions and causes of these disconnects? What are their implications for U.S. economic and technological leadership? What can be done to increase the availablity of people with the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow? Ed Gordon will draw upon the research for his latest book, Future Jobs Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis. His presentation will focus on job-skill disconnects in high-tech industries and spotlight how innovative public-private partnerships, for which he has coined the term RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks), are successfully building regional talent-delivery systems across the United States.

Understanding the Global War for Talent

The U.S. and world economies now face a universal shortage of skilled talent. Increasingly complex technologies have established a new labor market. Ed Gordon shows why the use of H-1B visas and foreign direct investment (FDI) will no longer be sufficient for closing a widening skills-jobs gap. In these highly volatile times greater cooperation among businesses, educators, human resource professionals, government agencies, and community groups is needed to craft new education-to-employment systems for 21st-century technology-based economies. Gordon relates what businesses can do internally to master these issues. Externally he shows how businesses can participate in Regional Talent Innovation Networks (RETAINs) that are forming broader alliances of community partners to create new career and employment preparation systems that are responsive to local business needs. Gordon offers audiences an optimistic message based on years of research and international consulting experience through providing case studies of how RETAINs are serving as America's “Gateways to the Futureâ€.

Science Friction: Rethinking STEM Career Education

How do we prepare more students for meaningful lives and careers? This is a major question confronting teachers, administrators, and school boards. Too often student and parent career expectations are out-of-sync with the rapidly changing job requirements of a high-tech economy. Ed Gordon shares with educators the latest information on the future of jobs over the next decade. He gives case studies from the United States and around the world on how schools are meeting this challenge. Educational institutions are forming business-education partnerships through Regional Talent Innovation Networks (RETAINs). This helps build broader alliances that can offer financial support, career information for students and parents, and strengthen both liberal arts and career education programs that are better aligned to meet individual student aptitudes and interests.

Expanding Apprenticeship Programs through RETAINs

As baby boomers retire in increasing numbers, the demand for skilled technicians is escalating in all areas of the United States. In these highly volatile times dynamic regional public-private partnerships are needed to expand apprenticeship programs and craft new education-to-employment systems. Drawing upon his research for his latest book, Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis, Ed Gordon will focus on how community cross-sector initiatives, for which he has coined the term RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks), are restructuring regional talent-creation systems. He will include examples of promising RETAINs in which businesses, educators, union leaders, government agencies, non-profits, and other community groups have formed partnerships to inform students and workers about in-demand jobs and careers and to provide regional programs that develop the skills needed in today's workplaces.


Here's what people say about his programs:

"Thank you for your inspiring presentation. . . . Everyone we spoke with expressed appreciation for your insight regarding our "Future Jobs" and solving the employment skills crisis we are now facing. . . . Thank you again for bringing a proven program and process for us to advance our work with new perspective."

Susan M. Smith, Executive Director
Economic Development Partnership of Hilldale County (MI)

"The presentations were great and we received some very positive feedback. . . . Thanks for spending time with us here in Wayne County. You have planed the seed of workforce development in another community now and I hope you will be pleased to see what grows from it."

Rodney A. Crider, President
Wayne Economic Development Council

"You did a tremendous job pulling the groups together. I sensed a great amount of energy that we must now continue while there's still a buzz."

Richard A. Owens, Director
Wayne County Employment & Training Connection

"Thank you again for your direct and passionate presentation here Tuesday -- it was perfect."

Robert C. Sherer, Manufacturing Talent Director
Michigan Workforce Development Agency

"Your talk was informative and relatable and helped put the issue into perspective, not only for our board, but for the numerous business leaders, government officials, and educators who were in attendance. Your plan to change the way future workers are educated and your illustrations of how other cities are heading in that direction were thought-provoking. . . .  We would and have recommended your presentation."

Darcy Bucholz, Executive Director
Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance

"Thank you again for leading a great group discussion. . . . It was exciting to see the enthusiasm and passion in a room that was a nice cross-section of our community."

Roger Curtis
South Central Michigan Works (WIB)

"Many thanks for your outstanding presentation. . . It was powerful, informative, immensely interesting, and more than slightly daunting. . . The way our folks remained glued to thier seats tells me they shared my enthusiasm for your message."

A. Bingham Seibold III, President
Fort Dearborn Chicago Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution

"Your keynote address at our State of the Workforce: 2010 event hit the mark. Your presentation was timely, relevant and held the interest of our diverse audience of business, education, and government leaders. Our board members in particular were engaged and lively follow up discussion continues."

Judy Begland, CEO
Opportunity Inc. of Hampton Roads

"Your presentation was superb, dynamic, engaging and drew enormous positive feedback from the members, their guest and staff."

Madlyn Daniel
Chair, Civic Affairs Society
University Club of Chicago

"Ed Gordon, President of Imperial Consulting, was a dynamic speaker on strategic workforce planning for a rapidly changing global economy."

South African Delegation
International Visitor Leadership Program


"The conference was a huge success thanks in large part to the session you presented; this is what the CEO's came to hear. . . You did your homework and customized your message."

Everett T. Shupe II
Learning Events Manager
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

"Thank you for challenging us with a call to action at the IEEE_USA Annual Meeting. I really appreciated your enthusiasm and passion for this subject."

Nita Patel
2010 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting Chair


"Extraordinary delivery of information relevant to workforce development issues."

Patty Shortt, Coordinator
Waccamau South Carolina

Business-Economic Development Forum

"Your dinner speech was superb!"

Steve Leahy, President & CEO
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce

 "Thank you again for leading a great group discussion for South Central Michigan Works last week. It was exciting to see the enthusiasm and passion in a room that was a nice cross-section of our community."

Roger Curtis, Board Member
South Central Michigan Works

"Reviews from guests at the luncheon indicate it was a very successful event. One of our long-time members and constant event attendees declared, "This was the best event JCCI has ever presented." This is truly high praise, given that JCCI audiences are not prone to displays of ebullience. . . . Your message and style of delivery worked wonderfully with the audience we had present. I can honestly say, "Don't change a thing."

Charles R. Cramer, Executive Director
Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.

Imperial Consulting Corporation

"Your remarkable presentation provided the information, hope, and motivation that will enable us to battle our way to a winning position."

Robert Zettler, Vice President
Workforce & Community Development
North Central College
Mansfield, Ohio

"We were highly impressed with your innovative ideas, researched knowledge, much needed wisdom and style of your presentation. . . The quality and delivery were great."

Jim McShane/President/CEO
Lake County (Indiana) Integrated Delivery Services

"Very insightful, very thought provoking - we need more of this"

Member
Minnesota Professional Association of Computer Training

"The attendees were very impressed with your presentation...are still commenting about your excellent and enthusiastic presentation style."

Jane A. Kerlagon
St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association

"The entire team was very pleased with your presentation. The audience was receptive. Thank you for your passion, insight, and artful delivery."

Norman W. Gregory, Chairman
First Coast Real Estate Outlook Conference & Expo
Jacksonville, Florida

"Your presentation prepared and encouraged industry leaders to take their organizations to the next level and motivated them to maximize their potential in the face of a changing 21st century workforce. Feedback received from attendees was quite positive and comments indicated that your presentation 'hit the mark.'"

Linda Halliburton
Department Director
College of Continuing Education
University of Minnesota

Imperial Consulting Corporation

 "I would like to extend my personal thanks for your enlightening, energetic, and informative keynote. I have received so many positive comments, 'exceptional, remarkable,' and 'surpassed all expectations.' "

Patricia L. Rickard, Executive Director
CASAS

"Ed Gordon's superior facilitating skills at our annual Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting kept us on track to formulate some terrific new ideas and future action items."

Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO
Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois

"Ed is a visionary speaker. He is always slightly ahead of the times."

Peggy Luce, Vice President
Education & Workforce Training
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

"His presentation gives audiences a definite reality check"

Harry Perdew, President
Contract Training International


 "Your presentation was a testament to your professionalism and great gift as an orator."

Greg Kenny, Program Coordinator
Palm Springs Air Museum


"Pragmatic, dynamic, exceptional!"

Daniel E. Bassill, President
Tutor-Mentor Connection

"Ed Gordon is a visionary!

Marlore D. Derby
Delaware Association of Adult and Continuing Education

"Great Speaker - great ideas!"
"Very inspirational and thought provoking!"
"Perhaps the best keynote address I've attended."

Adult Learners Conference Attendees
Penn State University


"Everyone felt your warmth and sincere interest in adult education.

Carol Grell
Nebraska Department of Education


Dr. Gordon

"Thank you for offering such a motivating and interesting keynote address. You have the right formula for working with business and industry."

Linda Ray Tracy, Specialist
North Carolina Community College Systems

"Your remarkable presentation provided hope and motivation. We enjoyed every second of the experience."

Bob Zettler, Vice President
North Central College, Ohio

"Your opening presentation provided the energy and enthusiasm to enable attendees to begin the conference on a high note. We in Kansas feel fortunate that you are willing to give us your time and expertise."

Carolyn Olson
Associate Director for Technical Education
Kansas Board of Regents

"Your presentation was wonderful."

Elizabeth Isler, Associate Vice President
North Carolina Community College System

"Your outstanding programs are exciting, informative, and extremely well received by our visitors."

Sharon Maguire, President/Museum Director
Palm Springs Air Museum

Dr. Gordon

"Your presentation was well prepared, well delivered, and stimulating. What else could we ask for?"

Jean Varnum
University of Maine

"I have received many positive comments regarding your energetic and informative keynote, and your candid emphasis on literacy as the most important issue facing our nation today. "

Patricia L. Rickard, Executive Director
CASAS

"The attendees were very impressed with your presentation....are still commenting about your excellent and enthusiastic presentation style."

Jane A. Kerlagon
St Louis, Missouri Public Schools


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Ed Gordon's Presentation Clients in Business & Govenment Include:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
American Management Association (AMA)
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated General Contractors of America
Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
Association of General Contractors of Minnesota
Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois
Cable Television Human Resources Association
California Apprenticeship Council
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Conference Board (U.S.)
The Conference Board of Canada
Crossroad Workforce Investment Board
Delaware Department of Labor
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Eugene (OR) Area Chamber of Commerce
Federal Reserve Board (Chicago)
First Coast Real Estate Association
Fort Worth (TX) Rotary
Gary (IN) Chamber of Commerce
Gateway Workforce Board (IL)
Goodwill International
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Halton Industry Education Council (Ontario, Canada)
High School Inc. Foundation (Santa Ana, CA)
Hillsdale County (MI) Economic Development Partnership
Household International
Human Capital Institute
IEEE-USA
Institute for International Research
International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans
International Order of the Golden Rule
International Society for Performance Improvement
Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.
The Kaiser Group
Kentuckiana Works
Lake County Indiana Integrated Service Board
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
Mansfield/Richland OH Community Development Group
Microsoft
Metra
Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership
Minnesota Professional Association of Computer Training
Missouri Governor's Conference
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
National Conference of State Legislators
National Council for Workforce Education
NiCor
North American Die Casting Association
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance
Palm Beach County Workforce Alliance
Pennsylvania Partners
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
Softbanks Technology Forum
St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association
South Central Michigan Works
Swiss Business Hub
Training Magazine Conference & Expo
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Valve Manufacturers Association of America
Vancouver Board of Trade
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Workforce Institute of Lorain County
Workforce Plus
World Future Society

Ed Gordon's Presentation Education Clients Include:

Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada
American Education Research Association (AERA)
American Association of Adult and Continuing Education
Association of Tutoring Professionals
California Adult Education Administrators Association
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)
Dawson College, Montreal, Canada
Delaware Association of Adult & Continuing Education
DePaul University
Delaware Department of Labor
DeVry Institute of Technology
Education Industry Association
Florida Reading Association
Georgia Tech University
History of Education Society
Indiana Department of Education
International Reading Association (IRA)
International Society for Educational Biography
Kansas Board of Regents
Kaskaskia College
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
League for Innovation in the Community College
Lewis University
Los Angeles Unified School District
Loyola University Chicago
Midwest History of Education Society
National Council for Urban Literacy
National Council for Workforce Education
National Institute for Literacy
National Tech Prep System Network (CORD)
Nebraska Department of Education
The Network
New York University
North Carolina Community College System
North Carolina College Tech Prep
North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Ohio Association for Adult & Continuing Education
Palm Springs Air Museum
Partnerships in Learning, Vancouver, Canada
Penn State University
Pennsylvania Association for Adult & Continuing Education
Phi Delta Kappa Education Foundation
Practical Parenting Partnerships
Robert Morris College
State Directors of Adult Education & GED Administrators
State of Kansas, Department of Education
State of New York, Office of Workforce Preparation
State of North Carolina, Department of Education
State of South Carolina, Department of Education
Sultan School District - Everett, Washington
Triton College
Tutor-Mentor Connection
University of Akron, Ohio
University of Arkansas
University College of Cape Breton, Canada
University of Maine
University of Minnesota
University of Oregon
U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Secretary of Education
U.S. Department of Labor
World Future Society
Workplace Learning Conference

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