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2018 Community College Symposium

November 14-15, 2018

The Friday Conference Center

15 PDCH offered

Signature Sponsor: IBM

Organizations today are thinking differently about what it means to work. The global economy has greatly influenced this change in thought because exchanges by air, by sea and through technology serve to eliminate barriers that once existed. Physical location, language, culture and currency are all starting to become less difficult to navigate, yet their unique qualities remain important to acknowledge. As such, it is essential that educators explore the future of work so they can better prepare students to thrive in our more interconnected workforce.

This symposium will bring community college educators together with business and academic leaders to learn about the future of work within the context of the global economy. Through engaging interactive breakout sessions, educators will gain knowledge and skills on how to incorporate global teaching and learning that will prepare students to thrive in a global workforce post-graduation. This program is designed for community college instructors of all disciplines, as well as administrators and staff.

$175 per person; $600 per team of four


Online registration is closed. Educators can register on-site at the Friday Conference Center from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14.

Schedule  |  Speakers  | Concurrent Sessions | Exhibitors |  Pre-Program Materials  |  Lodging & Directions


8:00 a.m. Check-In, Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome

Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Raymond Farrow, Associate Provost for Global Affairs, UNC-Chapel Hill
Timothy Humphrey, Vice President, Chief Data Office, IBM
9:00 a.m. Plenary I: Three Trends Impacting the Future of Work: Automation, Immigration and Education

Pamela Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College
10:00 a.m. Break and Exhibits
10:15 a.m. Plenary II: The New Age of Precarious Work and the Challenges and Opportunities for Community Colleges

Arne L. Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill
11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
2:30 p.m. Break and Exhibits
2:45 p.m. Plenary III: Trade, Technology and the Future of Work in North Carolina

Daniel Gitterman, Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor and Chair of Public Policy, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – Graduates of NC Global Distinction Programs

Moderator: Hazael Andrew, Associate Director, World View
Parker Tilley, Davidson County Community College
Allison Hires, Davidson County Community College
Elizabeth Allan, Davidson County Community College
J. T. Hinson, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Daphne Moore, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Timothy Walsh, Central Piedmont Community College
5:00 p.m. Reception
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Plenary IV: How Can Companies Create Better Work in the Future?

Carol Hee, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
9:30 a.m. Break, Exhibits and Networking
9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion – The Future of Work in the Global Economy

Moderator: J. Ryan Nance, Director of Business Development, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Dan Mayo, Vice President, Pitt Community College
Kelli Jordan, Talent Leader, New Collar Initiatives, IBM
Sylvia Walters, Faculty, Davidson County Community College
10:45 a.m. Plenary V: The Value of Diversity in the Workplace

Thomas Easley, Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
11:45 a.m. Next Steps and Closing

Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill



Plenary Speakers, Honored Guests and Panelists

Thomas RaShad Easley has spent most of his career as a diversity professional who focuses on the recruitment and retention of diverse talent in natural resource disciplines. He earned his undergraduate degree in forest science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University, his master’s degree in forest genetics is from Iowa State University and his doctorate in adult education is from NC State University. He is currently the assistant dean of community and inclusion in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. In this role, he assists with enhancing diversity by promoting access to education for all people, and developing scholarly and relevant programming around workplace equity. Before his role at Yale, he served as the diversity director of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University for 13 years. As a diversity professional, he leverages his background to teach community workshops, course lectures, and provide diversity facilitation to his place of employment as well as to others that he mentors.
Raymond Farrow is the associate provost for global strategy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has served in several senior administrative and development roles at Carolina during the past 20 years, including as director of development and strategic initiatives at Carolina Performing Arts and as executive director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at Kenan-Flagler Business School. He was also instrumental in the design and building of the FedEx Global Education Center, as well as a number of major programmatic initiatives across campus. Recently, he has facilitated the work of the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Taskforce, a group of Carolina leaders and distinguished alumni who have been responsible for developing UNC’s next global roadmap.
Daniel Gitterman is Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor and Chair of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also serves as director of the Honors Seminar in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Washington, D.C.) and interim director of EPIC. He has received fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Global Research Institute, as well as the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Service at Carolina. His research interests include the American presidency and public policy; education and labor markets; American welfare state and politics of social and health policy; and globalization and labor standards. He received a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from Brown University.
Carol Hee is an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. She teaches courses in sustainable enterprise and environmental strategy. Her research interests concern how companies can reduce costs, minimize risk and gain competitive advantage by implementing strategies guided by environmental and social concerns. She joined UNC Kenan-Flagler after working at the US Environmental Protection Agency as a science writer and systems analyst. She earned her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, her MBA from Kenan-Flagler and her B.S. in biology from the University of Scranton.
Timothy L. Humphrey is currently the vice president of the Chief Data Office at IBM, as well as the Senior Location Executive for IBM Research Triangle Park and the Senior State Executive for North Carolina. Previously, Tim held various supply chain and operational executive roles spanning analytics, acquisitions, software sales transaction support, strategy and metrics. Prior to joining IBM’s supply chain organization in 2011, Tim led the design, development and launch of several products and technologies for Lenovo and the former Personal Computer Division of IBM. Tim has over 20 years of global experience and has earned numerous awards and patents for his contributions to the computing industry. Tim is an active volunteer and mentor in the community, and he currently serves on the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors and the UNC-Chapel Hill World View Advisory Board. He graduated from NC State University in 1996 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.
Arne L. Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He studies labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics and psychology. He has written extensively on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements and his work has been captured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Australian Financial Review. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was previously a professor of sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington. He served as the secretary of the American Sociological Association from 2001 to 2004 and as its president from 2007 to 2008. He is currently the editor of Social Forces, An International Journal of Social Research.
Pamela Gibson Senegal is the current president of Piedmont Community College. She previously served as the vice president of economic and community development at Central Carolina Community College. She brings more than 20 years of higher education leadership, business experience and community service to her position. She has traveled to 29 countries, first as the child of a military officer, then as a study abroad participant and most recently as a professional looking at migration patterns and apprenticeship programs. Pamela served as dean of career and technical programs, assistant to the president for Hispanic community outreach and enjoyed teaching at Durham Technical Community College. She holds undergraduate degrees in political science and Spanish, a master’s in public administration and a doctorate in adult and community college education, all from N.C. State University. She also completed a training and development certificate from UNC Charlotte and the American Society for Training and Development.

Concurrent Sessions

Getting the Global Distinction Program Started on Your Campus

Katherine Clyde, Pitt Community College
Laura Brannon, Forsyth Technical Community College
Carol Hayes, Forsyth Technical Community College
Are you interested in starting a Global Distinction program on your campus? Global Distinction campuses commit to developing and offering globally intensive courses and activities through which students can earn a global distinction credential. Hear how this program started on two campuses, lessons learned along the way and how to globalize a course. Participants will make connections on how students, business and industry all benefit from more globally aware students and college campuses.
Preparing Community College Students for the Workforce

Phaedra Boinodiris, Developer Advocate and Global Lead for Serious Games and Gamification, IBM
The future of work is one of the most talked about topics at industries today. Organizations today are thinking differently about what it means to work, and they are making strategic investments in their workforce that aligns with the future of work. Come learn from an industry expert about ways community college educators can tailor their curriculum to prepare students for the future in North Carolina.
Global Financial Markets and Preparing Students for Managing Their Finances

Shawn Edwards, Regional Financial Crime Controls Testing and Assurance Analyst, Credit Suisse Bank
This presentation will center on the topic of financial literacy for college-level students and young adults entering the workforce. Through a global lens and through his own experience as well as the experiences of his peers, this session will underscore the need for educators to present the needed tools and knowledge to their students as they strive to meet their financial needs and goals. Presentation topics will include financial planning for the future, setting goals, budgeting, building credit, investing and utilizing resources.
Shifting Industries: Employment and Poverty in North Carolina

Larry Chavis, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
North Carolina’s economy has many strengths, but it faces many challenges. This session will focus on historical industry trends and the landscape of income and poverty in North Carolina. The state economy has shown that there are strong connections among jobs, poverty and family well-being. With a focus on the future of work, this session provides an overview of issues facing North Carolina as it relates to these dynamics and will highlight the importance of education. Participants of this session will learn about the roles and opportunities for community colleges in addressing these social issues.
Building 21st Century Skills: Preparing Students for Jobs in the Future

Kelli Jordan, Talent Leader, New Collar Initiatives, IBM
Industries everywhere are facing a skills challenge, and the collaboration between industry and academia will be critical in helping to solve it. What can you do to help ensure your students are ready to succeed? We’ll explore innovative partnerships and ideas, such as jointly designed curricula, the use of digital credentials and work-based learning programs, and evaluate the impact of these programs in helping to build a highly skilled workforce of the future.
Developing Globally Competent Students: Creating a Space for Courageous Dialogues in the Gen Z Generation

Dana Griffin, Associate Professor, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
Bringing the world into the classroom through a critical lens is an innovative teaching strategy as it deviates from traditional classroom practice. As global educators, we must understand and act on issues of global and local significance and we must also teach students how to understand and act on these issues. Often times, our students are numb to the events that take place in the world around us and lack the empathy necessary to understand and act, or we as educators may be unprepared on how to address these issues in a classroom environment, especially when the classroom consists of Generation Z students. Loosely defined as those born after 1995, Gen Z students may be more accustomed to having conversations using social media platforms than face to face. In this session, we collectively gather as global educators to discuss the importance of courageous conversations and share strategies for engaging Gen Z students on issues of global significance.
What’s Bias Got to Do with It?

Rumay Alexander, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, UNC-Chapel Hill
Shifting demographics in the United States suggest that the future American workforce is getting more diverse and more educated than ever. As inclusion in the workplace becomes a significant goal of many organizations, unconscious bias remains a fact of life. Unconscious bias permeates the workplace at all levels because we all have prejudices. Looking into the future, this session will address navigating bias in the workplace and will share ways institutions can develop inclusive environments as the workforce becomes more diverse.
Global Value Chains and the Changing Worlds of Work

John Pickles, Distinguished Professor of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill

As the world of work changes with the shifting forces of globalization and nationalism, new patterns of outsourcing of production have changed the kinds of jobs American workers can find, and the types of skills employers seek. This presentation will outline the history of these changing patterns and processes, discuss some of the shifts in the conditions and types of work we are finding and can expect in the future and focus on some consequences for skills and training in different kinds of places and regions. The presenter will give examples of global value chains in textiles and apparel, new technologies in logistics and the prospects of emerging forms of smart specialization, digital infrastructures and regional hubbing to illustrate the differential effect these processes are having on specific kinds of local economies.







Pre-Program Materials

Fifteen (15) Professional Development Contact Hours will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the symposium. This includes completing the reading assignment and the accompanying study guide, attending all sessions and turning in the study guide. If participants do not need the professional development contact hours, they are not required to turn in the study guide.

Lodging & Directions

Download and print your parking pass here.

Courtyard by Marriott
(919) 883-0700 / 100 Marriott Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $134.00, guaranteed until October 14, 2018. Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the Community College Symposium room block or by following this link
Holiday Inn Express
(919) 489-7555 / 6119 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $99.00, guaranteed until October 13, 2018. Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the group code “CCS” or by following this link
Hampton Inn & Suites
(919) 403-8700 / 6121 Farrington Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $109.00, guaranteed until October 13, 2018. Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the group code “CCS” or by following this link