Exploring job creation: High-powered panel one of many focused on economy during RNC in Tampa
I'm back after a summer break...
Wake up and good morning. There's a ton of interesting and overlapping events happening during Tampa's Republican National Convention and a lot of them have to do with the economy. As in how to fix it. How to generate more and/or better jobs. How to become a more efficiently run country. A lot of those events are the usual political pap. But we'll start focusing on some of the events that may have some compelling content and, because the RNC is in town, will definitely have some fresh voices with stature.
One event that caught my eye is the Aug. 29 luncheon at Ybor City's Cuban Club with a panel hosted by Tom Brokaw on job creation. This panel, which includes a "job creation exhibition," will also be held later in Charlotte, N.C., during the Democratic National Convention. Among the panelists are:
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Why? Because the governor will be speaking at the RNC about the Ohio economy, a perennial basket case in recent times but now boasting a state unemployment rate lower than the national rate. Read more about his economic optimism here.
* Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin (photo, above, left). Why? Because the foundation is a global heavyweight and Rodin's all over the topic of finding ways to create forward thinking jobs. Read more here.
* Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson. Why? Because the Aspen Institute, like the Rockefeller Foundation, is all over this topic. Besides, Isaacson wrote the well received 2011 book on Steve Jobs.
* LinkedIn cofounder Allen Blue. Why? Because LinkedIn -- the "adult Facebook" -- just went public and so far is faring far better than Facebook among investors. Read more here.
* Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. Why? Because he's a heavyweight in tech, where the future of jobs is so critical. Here's one example.
* Year Up CEO Gerald Chertavian. Why? Because he's training urban youths and getting them internships in businesses. Talk about filling a key gap in the economy. Read more here.
* Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang. Why? Because he's matching promising college grads with equally promising start-ups. Read more here.
* Valencia College President Sanford Shugart. Why? Because the head of this Orlando-based community college is among those leading a state charge to double graduation rates by 2020. Read more here.
* Encore CEO Marc Freedman. Why? Because Freedman (whose organization used to be called Civic Ventures) has written about about "encore" careers for older workers called The Big Shift: Navigating The New Stage Beyond Midlife.
* Purpose CEO Jeremy Heimans (photo, right). Why? Because he's one of those young big thinkers who received the Ford Foundation's Visionaries Award last year.
* Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post. Why? Because she's behind the creation of these panels at the RNC and DNC and because the Huffington Post recently created a special online Opportunity section focused on what's working to help create jobs. She explains the point of these panels on job creation more in detail in this article.
Remember, this is one of many events that will take place during the RNC in Tampa. We'll explore more in the coming days. For more information on this Aug. 29 event, click here.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times