America’s Skills Gap: A Panel Discussion

SHRM 2012 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
Experts will highlight possible solutions for employers looking to fill the skills gaps.
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Even in the current economic downturn and a high unemployment rate throughout the U.S., employers struggle to hire individuals with the necessary skill sets. Hear from Dr. Mark Schmit, SHRM’s vice president of Research, and a panel of experts interpret SHRM’s most recent skills gap research. You will leave this session with practical solutions on how to best address this issue in your organization and fill in the gaps.

The panel includes:

  • Sandy Boyd, senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Achieve
  • Karen Elzey, director, Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute
  • Colonel David W. Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior & Family Support
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Schmit, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. In this capacity he leads the Foundation’s efforts to advance the strategic direction and impact of the HR profession. Dr. Schmit was previously the Vice President of Research for SHRM. Dr. Schmit has more than 25 years of experience in the field of human resources and has also been an academic, applied researcher, HR generalist, and internal and external consultant to both public and private organizations. Dr. Schmit earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1994. He has published more than 25 professional journal articles and book chapters and delivered more than 75 presentations at professional meetings on HR and Industrial/Organizational Psychology topics. Dr. Schmit is a Fellow in both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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