More than 100 leaders from business, public policy, nonprofit and research gathered to discuss issues critical to the future competitiveness of American business, including workplace flexibility and the role of businesses in helping workers complete their college degrees and helping disadvantaged youth integrate into the workforce.
The corporate voice on those issues is needed now as much as ever. "We have an environment where cutting spending is the order of the day," Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said during a bipartisan congressional briefing held in conjunction with the celebration. "We need business to make its voice heard on key issues like early education, K-12 and higher education."
Forum CEO Karen Pittman used the celebration to note Corporate Voices' critical role in the Ready by 21 National Partnership: "Engaging the business community nationally and locally is a key aspect of ensuring that the nation's young people are prepared for college, work and life - and we couldn't have a better partner working with us to move that idea forward. For all you do to champion youth readiness as workforce readiness, and for helping the business community recognize and grow family-friendly practices and policies, we thank you."
Read highlights and additional speaker quotes, access new Learn and Earn micro case studies published in conjunction with the annual meeting and view photos on Corporate Voices' blog.