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America’s Highly Skilled Workforce, the Talent Pipeline, and H-1B Visas

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Jul. 23, 2019
10:00am – 12:00pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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America’s Highly Skilled Workforce, the Talent Pipeline, and H-1B Visas

Shortages of highly skilled professionals are one of the most significant challenges for industries across the United States. Many observers believe that government and industry-led training initiatives, access to high-skilled foreign nationals, and robust STEM education programs can and should be part of the solution.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Asia Program and NASSCOM, along with the Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program, for a discussion on current talent challenges and how best to address them. The event will launch new reports produced by IHS Markit on H-1B visas and the global IT services industry; include expert analysis of the issues that companies are experiencing with the visa program; and feature exploration of industry and government workforce and STEM education initiatives.


10 am:

Welcome/Introductory Comments
     Jane Harman
     Director, President, and CEO, The Wilson Center

10:05-10:25 am:

Opening Remarks
     Ambassador Harsh Shringla
     Indian Ambassador to the United States

10:25 -10:45 am:

Session 1: Presentation of IHS research findings
     Karen Campbell
     Associate Director—Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit
     Michael Kugelman
     Asia Program Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia,
     The Wilson Center (moderator)

10:45-11:15 am:

Session 2: The H-1B Visa Program and Implications for the U.S. Economy
     Stuart Anderson
     Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy
     Jon Baselice
     Executive Director, Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
     Spencer Abraham
     Former U.S. Energy Secretary and Senator (moderator)

11:15-11:50 am:

Session 3: Industry and Government Training and STEM Education
     Robin Fernkas
     Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment,
     Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
     Kapil Sharma
     Vice President for Government and Public Affairs North America, Wipro
     Elizabeth Newbury
     Director, Serious Games Initiative, Science and Technology
     Innovation Program, The Wilson Center (moderator)

11:50 am-12 pm:

Closing Remarks
     Debjani Ghosh
     President, NASSCOM

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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Science and Technology Innovation Program

Our science and technology policy experts translate compelxity, and explore converging and emerging technologies to maximize benefits and minimize risks.   Read more

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