01 November, 2010 | (01 hr)

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Educational achievement in the US remains a critical issue.  It affects the ability of workers to get jobs and American business to remain competitive. The American military faces a shortage of American talent as disturbing as any other employer. Nationally the US has a 70- percent high school graduation rate. The military has not lowered its standards for incoming recruits, but the goals from the Office of the Secretary of defense are that 90 percent of those who come in the all-volunteer force have graduated from high school. In 2009, 83 percent of Army recruits were high school graduates.

Key Points to be covered:

  • Why the educational achievement crisis is affecting our national security – from both a military and economic standpoint
  • What American companies should be considering when they decide how much of their resources should be contributed to improving education
  • What America’s military can tell us about the workforce readiness of America’s youth.

Audience:  This webcast will be of interest to:

  • Talent managers and recruiters concerned about their talent pool and the skill level of new entrants as key workers reach retirement age.
  • Training and Development officers responsible for increasing the skill level and productivity of their workers
  • Head of Human Resources in charge of maintaining the balance between bottom line costs and benefits of their employees.
  • Heads of corporate giving and foundations who make decisions on education-related funding.

Speakers

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley
U.S. Army

General Benjamin Freekley assumed command of U.S. Army Accessions Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia, on 18 May 2007.  He is responsible for meeting accessions goals for officer and enlisted personnel, managing and conducting recruiting operation... Full Bio

Edward B. Rust Jr.

Edward B. Rust Jr.
Chairman and CEO
State Farm Insurance Companies

Edward B. Rust Jr. is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of State Farm Insurance Companies.

He joined State Farm in 1975 at the company’s Dallas, Texas, regional office. He became president and chief executive in 1985 ... Full Bio

Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board, Inc.

Jonathan Spector is president and chief executive officer of The Conference Board, Inc., the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. The Conference Board convenes thousands of executives annually in council, conference, and meet... Full Bio

Mary Wright

Mary Wright
Director, Workforce Readiness
The Conference Board

Mary Wright is director of The Conference Board Workforce Readiness Initiative and program director for the Business and Education Council. Her work focuses on how business engages in preparing the twenty-first-century workforce, including how to ... Full Bio

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