Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility: A Jobs for the Future Summit

It was our distinct honor to host over 650 educators, employers, funders, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners in New Orleans for our national summit, Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility. Please help us to keep the conversation about economic mobility going in your communities and on social media (#jffsummit).

Watch the compelling and highly talked-about opening panel discussion on economic mobility from the JFF summit:
Identifying the Barriers to Economic Mobility.

   Dodson of MDC, Inc. explains economic mobility via his "mobility story." View his presentation slides.

   Pennington of the Ford Foundation shares three lessons about how far we have come and where we still need to go.


Panel moderator, MIT professor, and JFF board member Osterman provides a summary of the three panelists' remarks.

Reeves of the Brookings Institution presents eye-opening data about the nature of economic mobility in the United States. View his presentation slides.
Bob Schwartz of the Harvard Graduate School of Education moderates a panel on The Dignity and the Power of Work with Nick Pinchuk, CEO of Snap-on Inc. and Joseph Fuller, professor at Harvard Business School. Shawnice Jackson of the National Council of Young Leaders tells her compelling story and gives a call to action for those working with youth.
Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, gives an inspiring talk about how "fleas can move elephants," and implications for adult education in the United States. Adam Strong of the National Council of Young Leaders describe growing up in rural poverty and the importance of educational opportunity for economic mobility.