Watch Live – The Business of Education: Avoding a Skills Gap

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The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE) Presents:

The Business of Education: Avoiding a Skills Gap

Rick Stephens, Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration for The Boeing Company

and Founding Member, Business Industry STEM Education Coalition

Moderated by: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy,

Woodrow Wilson Center

Future U.S. competitiveness will depend on whether our students are given the proper skills to be college and career-ready.  Businesses, maybe now more than ever, are investing in education and forming partnerships with schools to help ensure that our students are ready to join and compete in a 21st century global workforce.  Boeing is no exception.  Project-based learning and an emphasis on STEM subjects will be key to winning the future.


Rick Stephens is Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company, and member of the Boeing Executive Council. Stephens, a 31-year Boeing veteran, oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, Global Corporate Citizenship, and diversity initiatives at the Chicago-based aerospace company. During his career with Boeing, Stephens, 58, has led a number of business areas at sites across the U.S. and around the world that have been as large as 30,000 and $10B. Passionate about improving education both inside and outside of the classroom, he works directly with community and education leaders to prepare future workers to meet the challenges necessary to succeed in an ever-changing and competitive business environment. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Stephens is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association Workforce Steering Committee; a member of the Business Higher Education Forum; founding member of the Business Industry STEM Education Coalition (BISEC); member of the Illinois P-20 Council; chair of the Global Midwest Alliance; and chair of the Illinois Business Roundtable. He has served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities and on the National Science Resource Center Advisory Board. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1974 from the University of Southern California, where he is the Boeing executive focal, and his Master of Science degree in computer science in 1984 from California State University, Fullerton. A former US Marine Corps officer, Stephens is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and served as tribal chairman from 1988-89.

Monday, July 18, 2011 ~ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium, 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center. 

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