The Moran Center for Global Leadership co-sponsored the Global Interdependence Center conference on “The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity” on October 9. Representatives from academia, government and industry discussed how higher education can facilitate growth in US competitiveness and global workforce preparation. Patrick Harker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, delivered the keynote address on “The Importance of Higher Education in the US Economy.” The conference examined economic outlook and workforce trends, what higher education needs from business and government, what business and government need from higher education, and organic changes and new initiatives in higher education.
Presenters featured leaders from business and academe and included remarks from Aramark; Citigroup; Philadelphia International Airport; Penn Mutual Asset Management; John Anderson Fry, president of Drexel University; Ali A. Houshmand, president of Rowan University; Arizona State University; University of Nebraska; the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania; and others.
Moran Center Advisory Council member Anthony Abbatiello '97 VSB served as a panelist and gave an industry perspective on the economic outlook and workforce trends. MCGL Director Kim Cahill and Co-Faculty Director Michelle Casario, PhD, along with representatives from the MBA office, also participated in the conference held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The Global Interdependence Center has posted video of the conference and presentation materials on its website.