Reimagining Job Skills, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Readiness
to Meet the Opportunities Created by the Future of Work

Early Bird Pricing Now Open

The New Collar Workforce Summit Features Interactive Ideation Labs Generating Strategies for Winning in the Future of Work  

Many “blue collar” jobs across a wide range of industries have become digital “New Collar” jobs that demand 21st century skills.  The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2023 almost 133 million New Collar jobs will be created utilizing disruptive technologies like AI, robotics, CAD design, AR/VR, and 3D Printing. 

The question then is:
“how do we prepare current and future workers for this new work reality?”

The  “Future Workforce Now” initiative developed by the National Governors Association, the Fab Foundation and FHI360 lays out a series of policy recommendations to help states prepare current and future workers for these New Collar jobs and local implementation will be imperative for success.

At the summit you can join thought leaders in the Future of Work, employers from a wide range of industries, federal, state and local policy makers, innovative educators, and alternative education providers, as we reimagine and enable lifelong learning opportunities to create opportunities for workers in our communities based on the Future Workforce Now’s year-long efforts.

New Collar Workforce Summit Goals:
  • Learn about the Future Workforce Now policy recommendations
  • Educate communities on the urgency facing employers to find skilled workers for digital “New Collar” jobs
  • Raise awareness of the paradigm shift that has happened in education
      • rise of alternative education models
      • wide access to free, online education tools
      • move by major universities such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT to online learning & micro-certifications
      • student debt crisis
      • declining enrollments
  • Explore innovative programs to deliver lifelong learning and education pathways for diverse populations
  • Create dialogue between employers and educators
  • Explore how to implement the Future Workforce Now policy recommendations on a State and Local level
  • Create a New Collar task force to continue the work started in the Summit


Monday November 4: 6 p.m. opening evening Reception with special guest New Mexico Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley.
Start off the event meeting with colleagues and networking.  Also possible, to separately attend the reception as a fundraiser for the New Collar Network 

Tuesday November 5: Keynotes and Fireside Chats set the stage for interactive, challenging Ideation Labs that will culminate in a white paper, video record of the program and continuation of dialogue with colleagues. 

Wednesday November 6: 1/2 day Ideation, summation & task force formation

The La Fonda has extended conference rates for the weekend, giving
participants the opportunity to arrive early and engage in interactive tours and events
with the community, sightsee with your family, or chill at a Spa.



Bill McCamley

New Mexico Department
  of Workforce Solutions

Katherine Keegan

Future of Work Office
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment


Alan Webber


City of Santa Fe
New Mexico

Summit Introduction

Based upon the Future Workforce Now project on which the National Governors Association [NGA], Fab Foundation, and
FHI360 have partnered over the past year, Rachael Stephens, Program Director for Workforce in the NGA Economic Opportunity Division, will lead us in exploring how to best implement policy and programs that increase access to lifelong learning.

Sarah Boisvert, Author of The New Collar Workforce, and a member of the Fab Foundation team that worked on the Future Workforce Now project will set the stage with data from her nationwide research with employers on the New Collar skills needed to be successful in the workplace of today and into the future.


Betsy Brand

Executive Director

American Youth Policy Forum


Former Assistant Secretary
Office of Vocational and
Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education



Re-imagining Education Panel

Stephanie Couch

Executive Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program

Tim B. Castillo
University of New Mexico Special Advisor to the Provost for Santa Fe Initiatives; Associate Dean Student Engagement + 
Academic Innovation;
Associate Professor
School of Architecture + Planning

Debbie Mayer Hughes, Senior Advisor, Walmart and workforce, education, and public policy consultant.

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.  President of Metropolitan State University of Denver

Chris Bonnell 
Western Governors University

Hearing the Voice 
Of the Employer Panel


Robert E Brown VP,
Future of Work Center at Cognizant




Sarah Brin
Strategic Partnerships
Manager at
Meow Wolf

Bill Kipnis, Senior Project Developer for Siemens New Mexico Smart Infrastructure Division

John-Mark Collins
Electric Playhouse

 Ideation Lab Leaders

Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer, DAOM,  Executive Director of Stagecoach Foundation


Gwen Parea-Warniment Ph.D
NM Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Dr. Erica Barreiro, Dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, Central New Mexico Community College

Host Organizations

Sponsorship Opportunities

To find out how your organization can be one of our summit sponsors, please contact Scott Fackert at 916-765-1875.

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