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District Dialogues Kicks Off With Voices from the Field

The Richmond Fed’s District Dialogues speaker series returns on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET with a focus on how the future of work is changing human capital decisions and what skills will be needed in the economy of tomorrow.

Moderated by Richmond Fed Regional Executive Renee Haltom, District Dialogues: Human Capital Decisions and the Future of Work will feature a panel of experts that includes Kristen Broady, a Brookings Institution fellow; Anne Kress, president of Northern Virginia Community College; and Jeff Strohl, director of Research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

“This event will continue the District Dialogues mission to give participants an opportunity to engage with leading experts about economic and societal issues impacting the Fifth District and beyond,” said Sarah Gunn, Richmond Fed director of Economic Education. “We’re excited to explore on Feb. 8 what the changing workforce landscape means for the region and the country.”

The Feb. 8 event is the first in a series of four District Dialogues forums scheduled for 2022. In this first installment, the Bank will offer limited in-person capacity and a simultaneous livestream option. Registration is required for both.

Digital Resources for Further Learning

Leading up to Feb. 8, the Bank will launch a “Voices From the Field” digital video series in which leaders in business, workforce development, education and economics answer some of the most pressing questions about the evolving workforce landscape and offer insight on how human capital decision-making is evolving in their respective industries. Tune in each Tuesday this month to the Bank’s social media channels to hear the leaders’ thoughts on that week’s topic, then visit to discover a list of related resources for continued learning.

Watch the first video in the series below.

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“District Dialogues will allow us to share insights while also engaging with stakeholders to gain insight,” Gunn said. “This is an exciting time to help foster conversations about important issues of the day and the economic impact of how they are resolved.”

In support of the “Voices From the Field” series, the Bank will also host two live Twitter Chats in January in which economists will field questions from community members about the topics addressed in that week’s video. The first chat will take place Thursday, Jan. 13, at 3:30 p.m. ET with Richmond Fed economist John O’Trakoun. To participate, submit your questions in advance on Twitter using the #DistrictDialogues hashtag, then visit the Bank’s Twitter channel at the time of the live chat to see the conversation as it happens.

Register now to view the livestream on Feb. 8 or contact us if you are interested attending in-person at the Bank’s Richmond office. In-person attendees will be required to follow the Richmond Fed’s COVID-19 protocols.

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