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The Augmented Workforce

We are at a pivotal point in the history of technology, society, and security. As automation revolutionizes output and develops incredible new efficiencies, advances in robotics and artificial intelligence could reshape multiple parts of society, and profoundly reshape the path to income mobility and growth.

To navigate these changes, it is imperative to better understand these forces, and plan and build systems that prepare American youth, employers, entrepreneurs, and workers to participate in the future economy.

The Augmented Workforce: Michigan Designing for the Future is a national convening designed to chart a path forward by elevating the bold experiments and collaborations present in Michigan regarding these workforce changes. This half-day event will bring together stakeholders from the defense, transportation, government, and education sectors, and will feature three engaging tiers of discussion, punctuated by networking breaks.

This program is part of the New America National Network, an organization-wide effort to speed the process of sharing innovation by piloting higher connectivity across and within places by lifting up local organizations and leaders though testing, iterating, and scaling their creative solutions.

This convening will also serve as a guidepost for the Detroit-based Shiftlab, an initiative of the Work, Workers, and Technology program, which brings a cross-sectoral, data-driven and human-centered approach to supporting communities as they prepare their workforces for automation. 

Schedule at a Glance:

Friday, May 11th

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.    Breakfast and Registration
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.    Opening Remarks 
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.     Panel One: Defining the Need
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.     Networking Break
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.   Panel Two: Demand Driven Training: Designing for the Future
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Networking Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  Panel Three: Staying on Track: Current Innovators in Action
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.   Closing Remarks

Speakers to Include:

  • Carol Cain – CBS Detroit Journalist, Detroit Free Press Columnist
  • Louay Chamra Ph.D. – Dean, Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Kristin Dziczek – Vice President, Industry, Labor and Economics Group at the Center for Automotive Research
  • Mark Hackel – Macomb County Executive
  • Dr. Jennifer A. Hitchcock, SES – Executive Director, Research, Technology & Integration, U.S Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
  • Andy Hove  – President & CEO, AM General LLC
  • John Katona – Throughput Analysis & Simulation Engineer, General Motors
  • Tom Kelly – Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
  • Ed Koledo – Senior Deputy Director for Talent and Development,  Michigan Talent and Economic Development
  • Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr. – Commanding General, U. S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command
  • Mary Alice McCarthy – Director, The Center on Education & Skills at New America
  • Sonya Sepahban– Co-founder and CEO, OurOffice, Inc.
  • Kristin Sharp – Executive Director, SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology
  • Ivy Simmons– Executive Vice President, National Business League, Inc. 
  • Michele Economou Ureste – Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)
  • Taylor Van Dyke – Digital Manufacturing Engineer- Manufacturing Engineering [ME-FCA] Fiat Chrysler Automobiles LLC

Sponsoring Partners:


With the additional support of:

am and madc and esd


 Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow the conversation online using #AugmentedWorkforce and by following @NewAmerica

This event is free and open to the public.