May 6, 2014 - The Crisis of Long Term Unemployment: What Can be Done?
April 14, 2014

The Crisis of Long Term Unemployment: What Can be Done? 

The mini-conference will take place on May 6 from 9am to 3:30pm.  It is meant to build bridges among scholars, policymakers, career counsellors/coaches, and leaders of organizations who are committed to making a difference on the issue of long term unemployment.  It will  provide an opportunity for all of us who deeply care about long-term unemployment to engage in a substantive discussion with others who share this commitment, and to consider how to make progress on this issue.    Space is limited.  If you would like to attend please RSVP by email to Michelle Rosin  Once you RSVP, we will let you know if space is still available. 

Preliminary program subject to change: 

 9am-9:15am:  Introduction

 9:15am-9:45am  The Institute for Career Transitions project:  Supporting the   long term unemployed (Ofer Sharone and ICT)

 9:45am-11:15am:   Support Organizations on the Frontlines 

 Platforms to Employment:  Joe Carbone (Founder and President)

 MA One Stop System's New Initiative:  Jennifer James, MA Undersecretary for  Workforce Development

 Neighbors-helping-Neighbors:  John Fugazzie (Founder and President)

 Operation Able Boston:  Joan Cirillo (President & CEO) 

Jewish Vocational Services of Boston:  Jerry Rubin (President and CEO)

 11:30am-1pm:   Lunch:  Policymakers,  Policy Directions and Key Actors

 U.S. Department of Labor (TBA) 

 MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development:  Rachel Kaprielian

 National Employment Law Project:  George Wentworth

 A National Employer:  Leading by Example on LTU Hiring (TBA)

 AARP-Foundation: Emily Allen (Vice President, Income Impact)

 1pm-2:30pm Research on Long Term Unemployment

 Carl Vanhorn  (Rutgers):  [Research on Policies for Supporting the Long Term  Unemployed]

 Rand Ghayad  (Boston Federal Reserve/Northeastern University): [The Jobless Trap]

 Mary Gatta    (Wider Opportunities for Women).  All I Want is a Job: Unemployed  Women Navigating the Public Workforce System 

 David Blustein   (Boston College): The Challenges of Long-Term Unemployment: The Promise of an Inclusive Psychology-of-Working

 Perspective for Counseling Practice and Public Policy

 2:30pm-3:30pm:  Conclusion and reception with hors d'oeuvres

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