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The Technology Skills Gap – September First Friday

September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Gary Beach

As emerging technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, robotics, block chain and cyber security continue to create millions of new, well-paying jobs, market researcher International Data Corporation ominously forecasts by 2023 – just four years from now – the U.S. economy, and national security, will be handicapped by a dire situation where there will be a shortage of 900,000 individuals to fill jobs in those emerging market sectors.


Thanks to our event sponsor – Cape Cod Young Professionals

Long-term solutions to this labor enigma require strong public/private partnerships. But there is no consensus on who should lead this structural reinvention of preparing individuals for lifetime learnings. K-12 institutions, politicians, educators, higher education institutions, for profit education companies, reskilling programs embraced by corporations all show interest in solving the problem but how is the effort being led?  Join columnist and subject matter expert Gary Beach for a fascinating discussion of how we bridge the skills gap.

About the Speaker

Gary Beach’s career spans over three decades in the information technology media business. He has held executive posts at McGraw-Hill on Data Communications, the world’s first digital networking magazine, and at International Data Group where  he was publisher of Network World (1987), Computerworld (1991) and CIO Magazine (1997). In 1999, he founded of CIO India Magazine.

Mr.Beach contributed technology commentaries to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” programs for four years and appeared regularly for a decade on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, “Squawk on the Street” and “The Closing Bell” programs where he spoke about technology investment and acquisition trends.

In August 2013 John Wiley and Sons published Mr.Beach’s best-selling book “The U.S.Technology Skills Gap” which critics acclaim the “best contextual history of STEM education written”. In 2014 he began an assignment as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal where he writes regularly on the topic of technology talent.

In 1994, from the Oval Office of the White House, he launched Tech Corps, a non-profit that enlists IT executives to introduce the excitement of  technology to young Americans. He remains chairman of the board for Tech Corps. Mr. Beach also serves as a board member for the Massachusetts High Technology Council,  where he helped build the “Massachusetts Technology Talent and Economic Reporting System”, the nation’s most comprehensive, real time database of economic, skills and workforce data.

Beach also advises ReacHire, a non-profit focused on second-career opportunities for women and Year-Up, a non-profit dedicated to creating IT job opportunities for inner city young people. In addition, he advises the World Information Technology and Services Alliance on the organization’s World Congress on Information Technology global event.

Members: $15
Guests: $20

After September 4 and at the door:

Everyone: $25



September 6, 2019
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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