Literacy Action’s 5th Annual Breakfast, Digital Trends in the Workforce, will take place on Tuesday, May 7, from 7:30-9:00 am at The Gathering Spot.
Join us for a panel conversation with industry leaders about digital trends in the workforce, and to learn about how Literacy Action is serving both individuals and Atlanta through traditional and digital literacy programs.
Why is this topic important?
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. For the job opportunities that remain and the new ones that are created, digital literacy has become as vital as traditional reading skills, and adults who struggle with low literacy also tend to lack the digital skills needed to compete.
Michael D. Alexander, AICP
Mike Alexander is the Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Center for Livable Communities which includes the Community Development, Community Partnerships, Natural Resources, Research & Analytics, Transportation Accessibility & Mobility, and Mobility Services Groups of the ARC. Mike has over 20 years of Public policy experience focused on regional and local community planning. As the Director, he leads this multidisciplinary, professional staff in the fields of transportation planning, environmental planning, community development, economics and demographic forecasting.
He is a graduate of the ARC Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership DeKalb, and Leadership Atlanta. Originally from South Carolina, Mike attended Auburn University where he received a dual masters degree in Public Administration and Community Planning. He served as a Marine Infantryman in Desert Storm. Mike, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, live in Decatur.
Jim Link, Randstad North America
Jim Link is the chief human resources officer for Randstad North America. In his role, he is responsible for more than 7,500 Randstad employees around the world, who collectively place more than 100,000 qualified candidates in client locations weekly.
Jim’s most recent work focuses on enabling a better connection between the capabilities of workers and the growing demands of the labor market. Working with advanced technologies, progressive companies and a new generation of employees, he and his team are helping companies reimagine where, when and how work gets done.
As a recognized thought leader in human capability and the future or work, Jim is a sought-after commentator with the national and international press, features widely on the lecture and speaker circuit, and consults with leaders, companies and boards of directors around the world on matters related to the workplace.
In addition to serving on boards of advisers for several organizations, Jim is a board member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) National Foundation. He is also active with a number of charitable organizations in his community.
Fabiola Charles-Stokes, Google
Fabiola Charles Stokes leads community and government affairs for Google Fiber. In addition to managing relationships with government officials, she is responsible for developing and funding programs that help more people gain access to the Internet, receive the training they need to leverage online tools and resources, and confidently become creators – not just consumers – of the digital experience.
She leads the company’s community impact and government relations strategy execution approach across brand/business integration, community outreach/investments and employee engagement. During her tenure with Google, Fabiola and her team have been responsible for the development of several key digital inclusion programs, including the White House ConnectHome Initiative, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship and the Digital Coaches Program.
Fabiola is passionate about digital literacy and education, and is active with a number of civic and charitable organizations focused on these areas. She resides in Smyrna with her husband and daughter.