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Power Forward Summit to Focus on Stronger Connection Between Education and Careers

Mayor joins national experts, universities, employers at Ali Center on Dec. 9

Registration is now open for Power Forward, a workforce and education summit that brings together national and local experts, schools, universities and employers to collaborate on a more productive transition between education and career – helping create a stronger pipeline of  talent for Louisville-area employers.

The event is Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center. Registration is free at

Power Forward is presented by KentuckianaWorks, 55,000 Degrees and Greater Louisville Inc. and funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Mayor Greg Fischer, who has set goals for talent attraction and raising the education attainment and skills level in Louisville, will present at the start of the summit, and close with a challenge to the community.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania,
  • Dr. Kate Ziemer, Vice Provost of Curriculum of Northeastern University, which has transformed from an urban commuter university into a top-50 national university partly on the strength of a comprehensive co-op program.

Additional breakout sessions and lightning and TED-style talks will feature an eclectic lineup of presenters and topics.

Light refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided.

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