Jamie Merisotis Talks Talent Development with ACCT

Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis discusses talent development and other issues covered in his book, "America Needs Talent."

BookTalk Jamie Merisotis from ACCT on Vimeo.

The majority of new jobs that have cropped up since the Great Recession require some postsecondary education, and community colleges are a vitally important provider of the workforce training and higher education opportunities our economy needs. While institutions work to meet local workforce needs, consider what our economy might look like in the future, and how we can optimize our workforce development system as a nation. Recently, we were fortunate to have Jamie Merisotis, CEO and President of Lumina Foundation, pay us a visit for an ACCT Book Talk discussing these issues and his book, America Needs Talent.

In this video, Merisotis delves into his vision for the future of talent development in the United States and the role of postsecondary education in that vision. Furthermore, he discusses how he imagines the federal role in developing talent for the betterment of the economy and society, with thoughts specifically directed to college trustees and leaders. 

As we conceptualize the future role of community colleges in serving their communities and states, it’s helpful to think broadly about what a cohesive, national talent development strategy would look like. Take a look at the Book Talk above to discover one expert’s perspective as we look toward the future.


You can view more ACCT Book Talks with authors working on community college issues here.

Jamie Merisotis is President and CEO of Lumina Foundation.

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