Sudip Roy
2020 MILR Alum 
Human Resources Management Associate, Citi

The MILR cohort is incredibly tight-knit. Students in the program are highly supportive of each other – in an academic, professional, and social context. The MILR program is a well renowned and internationally recognized premium degree that promised to introduce me to, and strengthen my foundation in the field of Human Resources. I can safely say that the program has not just met my expectations, but delivered significantly beyond it.

The ILR School of Cornell University is the leading college of the applied social sciences focusing on work, employment, and labor policy issues and practices of national and international significance.

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Lydia Varon
2019 MILR Alumus 
Specialist, HR Business Partner, L3Harris Technologies

When I decided to go back to school, I had three goals. One, gain knowledge that was directly applicable to my career path. Two, walk away with a job. Three, leave with as many doors open as possible. I can definitely say that all 3 of my goals were achieved. There is no program that will expand your horizons, and set you up for success the way the MILR program does. Everything they advertise is true: the academics, the network, the experiences, and the friendships!

Dhara Puvar
2021 MILR Alum 
HR Consultant United Nations Women

From the wide array of companies that come to campus seeking MILR graduates to join their organizations to the alumni in leadership roles that return to Cornell to pass on their knowledge and experiences, the caliber of the program speaks for itself. I can't imagine being anywhere else!

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Vice President, US Programs, Ford Foundation (Book Author)

Sarita Gupta is vice president of U.S. programs, overseeing the foundation’s domestic work including Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Future of Work(ers), Technology and Society, Disability Rights, and Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice.

Gupta joined the foundation in 2019 as director of the Future of Work(ers) program, bringing more than two decades of experience working to expand people’s ability to take collective action to improve their workplaces, communities, and lives by creating meaningful solutions. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic, labor, and political issues affecting workers, and is widely acknowledged as a key leader and strategist for building coalitions and policies that protect, and advance the rights of workers.
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What can you expect from Discover MILR? This is a pre-event session where you can hear from Darrie O’Connell, the Recruiting and Outreach Coordinator for the MILR program, about the event and logistics of Discover and why she feels attending Discover is such an important part of their decision process.

Monday, May 2 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST


Conversation with Erica Smiley, Sarita Gupta,  Liz Shuler and Dr. Sheri Davis

Welcome Remarks Dean Colvin

Remarks by Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director for the Worker Institute

Advancing worker justice through trade. 

Early findings and parameters of pilot project on the International Trade Commission.

Remarks by Dr. Russel Weaver, Director of Research,Buffalo Co-Lab, Cornell ILR

Remarks by Professor Chantal Thomas 

Identifying the preliminary findings and noting gaps in the current data concerning marginalized workers

Moderated by Desirée LeClercq, Proskauer Employment and Labor Law Assistant Professor, ILR School

Join us on May 2nd at 11 AM EST for an in-person and virtual book launch of The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, written by Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta that will be livestreamed. The book brings a novel perspective to building worker power and what labor organizing could look like in the future, suggesting ways to evolve collective bargaining to match the needs of modern people—not only changing their wages and working conditions, but being able to govern over more aspects of their lives.

Weaving together stories of real working people, Smiley and Gupta position the struggle to build collective bargaining power as a central element in the effort to build a healthy democracy and explore both existing levers of power and new ones we must build for workers to have the ability to negotiate in today and tomorrow's contexts. The Future We Need illustrates the necessity of centralizing the fight against white supremacy and gender discrimination, while offering paths forward to harness the power of collective bargaining in every area for a new era.

Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta will be joined by AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler and Dr. Sheri Davis for the discussion at our New York City office, 570 Lexington Ave 12th floor, New York, NY 10022.

Register to attend in person at our New York City Office


Elizabeth H. Shuler is president of the 57 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is the single most powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. She is committed to busting myths about labor, leveraging the labor movement’s diversity for innovative approaches to social justice and making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere.

Shuler is the first woman to hold the office of president in the history of the labor federation. She was elected by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Aug. 20, 2021, after the unexpected and untimely passing of her predecessor, Richard Trumka. In 2009, Shuler became the first woman elected to the position of secretary-treasurer at an AFL-CIO convention and the youngest woman ever on the federation’s Executive Council.
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Dean, ILR School, Cornell University.

Alexander Colvin, Ph.D. '99, is the Kenneth F. Kahn '69 Dean and the Martin F. Scheinman '75, 'MS '76 Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is an associate member of the Cornell Law Faculty. His research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in nonunion workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. His current research projects include empirical investigations of employment arbitration and a cross-national study of labor and employment law change in the Anglo-American countries. He has published articles in journals such as Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Personnel Psychology, Relations Industrielles, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also co-author (with Harry C. Katz and Thomas A. Kochan) of the textbook An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations, 4th edition (Irwin-McGraw-Hill).

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Executive Director, Jobs With Justice (Book Author)

Erica Smiley is the executive director of Jobs With Justice. A long-time organizer and movement leader, Smiley has been spearheading strategic organizing and policy interventions for Jobs With Justice for nearly 15 years. Prior to taking up her current position with the organization, Smiley served as organizing director for Jobs With Justice developing campaigns that resulted in transformative changes to how working people organize and are civically engaged at their workplaces and in their communities. During her tenure at Jobs With Justice, Smiley has served in numerous leadership capacities including as campaigns director and as senior field organizer for the southern region.

Serving as one of the lead architects, Smiley has been instrumental in developing the strategic vision of Jobs With Justice to build power for impacted working people through expanding their collective bargaining power as one way to redefine and claim their democracy, while addressing issues of inequality and poverty. She has authored several related articles in the New Labor Forum, Dissent Magazine, the Journal on Class, Race and Corporate Power, and other publications lifting strategic organizing, movement building, direct action, and discourse as core strategies for advancing work in this arena.
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Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. She teaches in the areas of Law and Development and International Economic Law.

Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Thomas chaired the Law Department of the American University in Cairo, and also served on the University of Minnesota and Fordham University law faculties. She has been a Visiting Professor teaching international economic law at institutions such as Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and Soochow University in China.
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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Radice Family Professor of Law, Cornell Law School 



With time for Q & A 

A Book Launch Discussion with Authors Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta with Dr. Sheri Davis and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler


Associate Director with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers

Dr. Sheri Davis is the Associate Director with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers SMLRShe is also Assistant Professor of Professional Practice with the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She co-directs the WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) program, a joint initiative with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. As Co-director for WILL Empower, Davis hosts two Cohorts of Learning and Mentoring, one for women emerging leaders as well as one for women in executive leadership roles. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was the Director for the Westside Communities Alliance in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. Read More.

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Monday, May 2 | 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM EST

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Event sponsored by the Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative.


The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Published by Cornell University Press, The Future We Need explores and suggests ways to evolve collective bargaining to match the needs of modern people.