One Detroit Presents Inaugural Future of Work Town Hall:
Building Michigan’s Future Workforce

What does the future hold in store for Michigan’s workforce? And how does our state compete with others when attracting and retaining talent? One Detroit’s inaugural Future of Work Town Hall, “Building Michigan’s Future Workforce,” highlights the current and future prospects of Michigan’s workforce.
 
Future of Work host Will Glover and guest host Chad Livengood, senior editor at Crain’s Detroit Business, talk with panelists Britany Affolter-Caine from the University Research Corridor and Jennifer Llewellyn from Oakland County Michigan Works! about where we are now, where we’re heading, and what we’ll need to get there.
 
 
The panelists explore current job figures and wages, future amenities and needs, and how to stay competitive while raising Michiganders’ overall quality of life. Plus, the town hall features a short video exploring more about the Oakland County Michigan Works! and the University Research Corridor’s work, featuring URC Program Manager Amber Shinn and Oakland80 Administrator Rana Al-Igoe.

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Future of Work Town Hall Participants:

Future of Work Town Hall Host | Will Glover, Associate Producer, One Detroit

For Detroit Public TV’s Future of Work initiative, One Detroit news and current events producer Will Glover leads conversations with business, economic, education, human resources, and policy experts to dive deep into Michigan’s workplace, workforce and the work itself to understand how we could create, retain and attract the talent needed to innovate and make Michigan a competitive top ten state across multiple industries.

Glover studied film at Eastern Michigan University and received his Associate Degree in Digital Video Production & Documentary Film from Washtenaw Community College. Whether it’s underwriting voice-overs or producing stories for One Detroit, you’ll hear his voice throughout Detroit Public TV programming. Glover’s focus is on his craft: finding the stories and voices that capture the truth.

Guest Host | Chad Livengood, Senior Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business

Chad Livengood - Future of WorkAs senior editor and journalist for one of Michigan’s leading business news publications, Crain’s Detroit Business, Chad Livengood covers the intersection between Michigan business, politics, public policy and the revitalization of Detroit after decades of economic, social and political decline. His writing covers the people, institutions and ideas that will be vital to returning the middle class to the poorest big city in America: Detroit.
 
Livengood graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science in 2005 and has previously worked as a Capitol Reporter for The Detroit News, a Political Reporter for The News Journal in Deleware, and more. Livengood joined Crain’s in 2017.
 

Panelist | Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director, University Research Corridor 

Britany Affolter-Caine - URCDr. Britany Affolter-Caine is the executive director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. As one of the nation’s top university innovation clusters, the URC is a leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Prior to the URC, Britany was the talent director for Ann Arbor SPARK, director of Intern In Michigan at the Detroit Regional Chamber and a senior research associate for the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution on the Great Lakes Economic Initiative.

Britany serves as a director on the Michigan Strategic Fund board, board member of Global Ties Detroit and member of the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She earned her Ph.D. in higher education policy from the University of Michigan, a M.Ed. in secondary education from Wright State University and a BA in political science from Wittenberg University.
 

Panelist | Jennifer Llewellyn, Director, Oakland County Michigan Works! and Manager, Oakland County Workforce Development

Jennifer Llewellyn - Future of WorkJennifer Llewellyn is the Director of Oakland County Michigan Works! and the Manager of Workforce Development at Oakland County. Known for her innovative and inclusive approach to workforce development, she has over 20 years of experience in workforce development programs, career management and business workforce solutions. She is responsible for over 40 federal, state, and local job training programs totaling $18 million annually.

Llewellyn is the Board Co-Chair of the Workforce Intelligence Network, a member of the Automation Alley Fund Board, and a member of the Pontiac Funders Collaborative and the OU-Pontiac Initiative. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Oakland University, is a Certified Career Development Facilitator and is a Certified Business Solutions Professional.

 

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