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Walshok to Speak on America’s Changing Job Landscape

by henry on October 4, 2011

  2011 – 2012 Social Sciences Supper Club Series presents:

 “America’s Changing Job Landscape:

How Regions Are Reinventing Themselves”

Featuring Mary L. Walshok, PhD

Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Extension at UC San Diego

Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, Dean of University Extension

Adjunct Professor of Sociology

UC San Diego

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

5:30 pm, UC San Diego Faculty Club

Where will America’s employment growth come from and how can we stimulate the growth our economy needs? Mary Walshok has many answers after visiting communities all across America in her current research, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF and private foundations. Walshok, an industrial sociologist, has been inspired by the way regions are reinventing themselves: creating pockets of innovation and economic transformation, often in unexpected places. From next generation robotics in Pittsburgh to pond-scum-into-energy technology developed in San Diego, she has witnessed firsthand how communities are reorganizing at the regional level to re-purpose their existing industrial and commercial capabilities, re-skill their workforce, and restore their previously significant entrepreneurial know-how.

Mary Walshok is associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at the UC San Diego as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. She has been studying workforce trends and the dynamics of regional economic growth for forty years. She oversees a $37 million division that educates 56,000 enrollees annually, plus UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reach 22 million households and millions more through the Web. A thought leader on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth, she is the author of Blue Collar Women (Doubleday), Knowledge Without Boundaries (Jossey-Bass Publishers), Closing America’s Job Gap (W Business Books), and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy (forthcoming, Stanford University Press). Walshok is active on numerous community and national boards and is co-founder of CONNECT, one of the most admired innovation cluster development organizations in the world.

Supper Club events include a wine reception, full dinner, and Faculty Club parking in addition to the lecture. To Register; please send $65/person or $450/table of 8 and the completed form below to: Social Sciences Supper Club, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0502, La Jolla, California 92093-0502. Please make checks payable to UC Regents.

Reservations or additional information may be obtained by calling Marcie Marsh at 858-246-0372 or by emailing: mmarsh@ucsd.edu

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