Literacy Action's Annual Breakfast, The Evolving Workforce, will take place on Tuesday, April 24, from 7:30-9:00 am at The Commerce Club.
 
The Annual Breakfast audience consists of corporate leaders and local government representatives with interests in an educated workforce and regional economic development. It will be a valuable conversation about Georgia’s commitment to the future of a literate, educated workforce. 
 
Location: Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Why Is This Issue Important?
 
Close to 24 million U.S. adults in the current workforce population lack the basic literacy and numeracy skills to enter middle-skill training and obtain higher paying jobs. In Georgia, over 1.3 million adults over 25 do not have a high school diploma. Advancing literacy leads to higher employment rates, lowering incarceration, higher post-secondary enrollment, reduced healthcare costs, and increased economic mobility. Of Georgia’s adults living with low literacy, 58 percent are employed in construction, manufacturing, restaurant and retail industries. As these jobs continue to be replaced by robotics and automation, fewer positions will be available to adults with low literacy who will struggle to develop new, marketable skills.

Keynote Speakers

Keith T. Parker

CEO & President, Goodwill of North Georgia

Keith's Bio

Keith T. Parker is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Goodwill of North Georgia. One of the largest nonprofit organizations in the southeast, Goodwill spans a 45-county territory, operating 60 stores, 58 donation centers and 13 career centers. Goodwill employs nearly 3,000 people, each of whom play a direct or supporting role in the organization’s donated goods retail operations and its career services. Annually, Goodwill collects upwards of 2.5 million donations and serves more than 7 million shoppers. Through the revenue generated in its stores, the organization is able to connect tens of thousands of North Georgians to jobs each year. Parker took the helm at Goodwill of North Georgia in October 2017. Prior to transitioning into his leadership role at Goodwill, Parker has served as CEO of the largest transit systems in several cities, including San Antonio, Charlotte and most recently, Atlanta.

Wendy Stewart

Atlanta Market President & Co-Head Southeast Region at Bank of America

Wendy's Bio

As the Atlanta Market President, Wendy is responsible for advancing Bank of America’s strategy across Metro Atlanta by delivering the firm’s resources and expertise to customers and clients. Wendy connects with local business leaders and community stakeholders to deliver the company to customers and clients. Wendy is also responsible for ensuring Bank of America’s Environmental, Social, and Governance strategy, including philanthropy and community development efforts have a positive impact on metro Atlanta.

As co-head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Commercial Banking practice for the Southeast region, Wendy leads the firm’s efforts, working with mid cap and middle market companies. This includes public and private companies with annual revenues of $50 million to over $2 billion in a variety of industries. Wendy partners closely with teammates across the firm to provide the expertise and consultation necessary to deliver the best solution for the client. Wendy holds Series 7, 63, and 24 securities licenses.

Sponsorship & Tickets

Presenting Sponsor - $10,000

Premier Sponsor - $7,500

Community Builder Sponsor - $5,000

Partner Sponsor - $3,000

Table Sponsor - $1,000