EQUITY

IN FOCUS 

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Our first webinar will explore how equity in job creation is defined – with a focus on job growth through the current expansion of infrastructure investment. Central to any definition are questions about identifying the policy outcomes and how to measure these.

On February 24th, 12:30 - 2 pm, join us as Andrea Flynn, Senior Director, Insight Center, discusses current research on equity in job creation in the construction industry with Raahi Reddy, Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, and Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, who will present on how they have successfully positioned equity at the center of job creation initiatives in the building trades in Oregon. Labor Leader, Leah Rambo, will round out the discussion with insights from the building trades.

NYS Department of Labor Commissioner, Roberta Reardon, and U.S. Department of Labor Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, Katelyn Walker Mooney will discuss the critical role state and federal leaders can play in driving equity in job creation in the construction industry forward. The webinar will close with a discussion between panelists and participants on how local and state innovations can be adapted and replicated at a larger scale to ensure a just economic recovery for everyone. 



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This webinar series will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, unions, philanthropy, and advocates to share current research and praxis that address the need for a just economic recovery that reverses long-existent inequalities in job creation and access. The current crisis of inequality, made worse by the intersecting crisis of the pandemic and its impact on women and people of color, accelerates the need to envision job creation through the perspective of an equity lens.

Unprecedented levels of public investment to spur economic recovery after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic creates an historic opportunity to dismantle structural barriers and achieve equity and inclusion in economic development through high-quality jobs access for women and people of color. The question this webinar series will explore is how best to achieve equity goals. Drawing on existing models of practice from around the United States, this series will show how local and state actors have successfully implemented equity and job creation.

The goal of this series is to showcase current research on equity and its application to spur the upscaling of effective policy innovation at the state and local level at a time of record levels of economic investment by the federal government.  

February 24th, 2022 
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

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A Webinar Series Co-Hosted by the US Department of Labor–Women’s Bureau & The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR 

Program overview

  • Four webinars focusing on different sectors of the economy, bridging theory with practice in discussing how best to advance an equity lens in job creation.


  •  February 2022 - September 2022

Program Overview

Speakers

ALEXANDER COLVIN

Dean, ILR School, Cornell University 

IAlexander 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. Read more. 

WENDY CHUN-HOON

Director, Women's Bureau, Department of Labor 

Wendy Chun-Hoon serves as the 20th director of the Women’s Bureau, appointed by President Biden on February 1, 2021. Wendy is skilled at coalition building, bridging strategy across grassroots community organizing, and public sector policy making at state and national levels. She has held senior positions in Maryland state government and private philanthropy, overseeing large-scale, results-driven initiatives for worker and family economic justice. Read more.

A Webinar Series Co-Hosted by US Department of Labor–Women’s Bureau & The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR

This webinar series will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, unions, philanthropy, and advocates to share current research and praxis that address the need for a just economic recovery that reverses long-existent inequalities in job creation and access. The current crisis of inequality, made worse by the intersecting crisis of the pandemic and its impact on women and people of color, accelerates the need to envision job creation through the perspective of an equity lens.

Unprecedented levels of public investment to spur economic recovery after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic creates an historic opportunity to dismantle structural barriers and achieve equity and inclusion in economic development through high-quality jobs access for women and people of color. The question this webinar series will explore is how best to achieve equity goals. Drawing on existing models of practice from around the United States, this series will show how local and state actors have successfully implemented equity and job creation.

The goal of this series is to showcase current research on equity and its application to spur the upscaling of effective policy innovation at the state and local level at a time of record levels of economic investment by the federal government.  

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.

Hear from Experts
 in the field

Researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and advocates will discuss a just recovery.

Online / 
In-Person

Three virtual webinars culminating with an in-person reception on Labor Day 2022.

Grow Your 
Network

This series will allow attendees to share what they are working on in the field of equity and connect with others.

FIRST WEBINAR: What is Equity? 

FUTURE WEBINARS:

Job creation for a just society

Register for Equity in Focus


ANNE MARIE 
BRADY

Senior Extension Associate - Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity, The Worker Institute 

Anne Marie Brady is the Senior Extension Associate - Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity effective Dec 1st, 2021. Anne Marie holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics. She is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods of social and labor market policy research and has a 10 -year record of designing research projects with a variety of stakeholders in the policy-making process. Read more.

Raahi Reddy is the Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Her team is responsible for ensuring Metro’s programs, investments and internal practices lead with a racial equity lens to effectively advance equity in the region. This work includes launching and leading the groundbreaking Construction Careers Pathways Project that is bringing together numerous public agencies and stakeholders in the Portland metro region to jointly plan, invest and support a new generation of diverse workers in the construction sector.  Read more.


RAAHI 
REDDY


LEAH 
RAMBO

Director of Training, Smart SM, Local Union 28 

Leah Rambo began her career as a sheet metal apprentice in 1988. In 2011 she was appointed as first woman to serve as Director of Training for SMART Local 28 and continues to work in this capacity. Her high energy and dedication have helped to attract and retain an increasing number of women. Local 28 has increased their percentage of female from 3% in 2011 to 13% in 2019. As Director of Training, Ms. Rambo has been responsible for the training of over 3,000 Local 28’s apprentices and active members.. Read more.


KELLY 
KUPCAK

Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen


ANDREA 
FLYNN

Senior Director, Insight Center

Andrea Flynn is Senior Director at the Insight Center. Prior to joining Insight, she spent eight years at the Roosevelt Institute, where she was most recently the Director of Health Equity. She is the co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She frequently writes and speaks about the race and gender dimensions of economic inequality, reproductive health and justice, and health equity.. Read more.

Kelly grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where early on she realized the critical importance of speaking out against injustice and wrote her first letter to the editor of the local newspaper in the third grade. After raising her sons as a single mom, working as a union heavy equipment operator, and working as an advocate for women for almost two decades, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest to serve as Oregon Tradeswomen’s Executive Director in 2017.  Read more.

Agenda

  • Welcoming Remarks:

  • Research Presentations 

  • Discussion

  • Audience Q&A


ROBERTA 
REARDON

New York State Secretary of Labor

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon was appointed in October 2015 to oversee the Department’s more than 3,300 employees. On June 15, 2016, Commissioner Reardon was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate. Commissioner Reardon graduated from the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School’s New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming. She is a Worker Institute Fellow at Cornell University and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Actors Fund of America. Read more.

Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

  • Webinar Two: April 2022  
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      Climate/Green Jobs Creation

    Webinar Three: June 2022
    ·  Care Economy Jobs
     
    Webinar Four with In-Person Reception

     Labor Day, September 2022
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Speakers

ALEXANDER COLVIN

Dean, ILR School, Cornell University 

IAlexander 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. Read more. 

WENDY CHUN-HOON

Director, Women's Bureau, Department of Labor 

Wendy Chun-Hoon serves as the 20th director of the Women’s Bureau, appointed by President Biden on February 1, 2021. Wendy is skilled at coalition building, bridging strategy across grassroots community organizing, and public sector policy making at state and national levels. She has held senior positions in Maryland state government and private philanthropy, overseeing large-scale, results-driven initiatives for worker and family economic justice. Read more.


ANNE MARIE 
BRADY

Senior Extension Associate - Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity, The Worker Institute 

Anne Marie Brady is the Senior Extension Associate - Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity effective Dec 1st, 2021. Anne Marie holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics. She is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods of social and labor market policy research and has a 10 -year record of designing research projects with a variety of stakeholders in the policy-making process. Read more.

Raahi Reddy is the Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Her team is responsible for ensuring Metro’s programs, investments and internal practices lead with a racial equity lens to effectively advance equity in the region. This work includes launching and leading the groundbreaking Construction Careers Pathways Project that is bringing together numerous public agencies and stakeholders in the Portland metro region to jointly plan, invest and support a new generation of diverse workers in the construction sector.  Read more.


RAAHI 
REDDY


LEAH 
RAMBO

Director of Training, Smart SM, Local Union 28 

Leah Rambo began her career as a sheet metal apprentice in 1988. In 2011 she was appointed as first woman to serve as Director of Training for SMART Local 28 and continues to work in this capacity. Her high energy and dedication have helped to attract and retain an increasing number of women. Local 28 has increased their percentage of female from 3% in 2011 to 13% in 2019. As Director of Training, Ms. Rambo has been responsible for the training of over 3,000 Local 28’s apprentices and active members.. Read more.


ANDREA 
FLYNN

Senior Director, Insight Center

Andrea Flynn is Senior Director at the Insight Center. Prior to joining Insight, she spent eight years at the Roosevelt Institute, where she was most recently the Director of Health Equity. She is the co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She frequently writes and speaks about the race and gender dimensions of economic inequality, reproductive health and justice, and health equity.. Read more.

Kelly grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where early on she realized the critical importance of speaking out against injustice and wrote her first letter to the editor of the local newspaper in the third grade. After raising her sons as a single mom, working as a union heavy equipment operator, and working as an advocate for women for almost two decades, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest to serve as Oregon Tradeswomen’s Executive Director in 2017.  Read more.


ROBERTA 
REARDON

New York State Secretary of Labor

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon was appointed in October 2015 to oversee the Department’s more than 3,300 employees. On June 15, 2016, Commissioner Reardon was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate. Commissioner Reardon graduated from the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School’s New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming. She is a Worker Institute Fellow at Cornell University and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Actors Fund of America. Read more.

Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

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KELLY 
KUPCAK

Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen

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Speakers

ALEXANDER COLVIN

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. Read more. 

WENDY CHUN-HOON

Director, Women's Bureau, Department of Labor 

Wendy Chun-Hoon serves as the 20th director of the Women’s Bureau, appointed by President Biden on February 1, 2021. Ms. Chun-Hoon is skilled at coalition building, bridging strategy across grassroots community organizing, and public sector policy making at state and national levels. She has held senior positions in Maryland state government and private philanthropy, overseeing large-scale, results-driven initiatives for worker and family economic justice. Read more. 


ANNE MARIE 
BRADY

Senior Extension Associate - Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity, The Worker Institute 

Anne Marie Brady is the Senior Extension Associate - Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity for the Worker Institute. Dr. Brady holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics. She is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods of social and labor market policy research and has a 10 -year record of designing research projects with a variety of stakeholders in the policy-making process. Read more.

Raahi Reddy is the Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Her team is responsible for ensuring Metro’s programs, investments and internal practices lead with a racial equity lens to effectively advance equity in the region. This work includes launching and leading the groundbreaking Construction Careers Pathways Project that is bringing together numerous public agencies and stakeholders in the Portland metro region to jointly plan, invest and support a new generation of diverse workers in the construction sector.  Read more.


RAAHI 
REDDY


LEAH 
RAMBO

Director of Training, Smart SM, Local Union 28 

Leah Rambo began her career as a sheet metal apprentice in 1988. In 2011 she was appointed as first woman to serve as Director of Training for SMART Local 28 and continues to work in this capacity. Her high energy and dedication have helped to attract and retain an increasing number of women. Local 28 has increased their percentage of female from 3% in 2011 to 13% in 2019. As Director of Training, Ms. Rambo has been responsible for the training of over 3,000 Local 28’s apprentices and active members. Read more.


ANDREA 
FLYNN

Senior Director, Insight Center

Andrea Flynn is Senior Director at the Insight Center. Prior to joining Insight, she spent eight years at the Roosevelt Institute, where she was most recently the Director of Health Equity. She is the co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She frequently writes and speaks about the race and gender dimensions of economic inequality, reproductive health and justice, and health equity. Read more.


ROBERTA 
REARDON

New York State Secretary of Labor

Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

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KELLY 
KUPCAK

Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen

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Kelly Kupcak grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where early on she realized the critical importance of speaking out against injustice and wrote her first letter to the editor of the local newspaper in the third grade. After raising her sons as a single mom, working as a union heavy equipment operator, and working as an advocate for women for almost two decades, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest to serve as Oregon Tradeswomen’s Executive Director in 2017.  Read more.

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon was appointed in October 2015 to oversee the Department’s more than 3,300 employees. On June 15, 2016, Commissioner Reardon was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate. Commissioner Reardon graduated from the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School’s New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming. She is a Worker Institute Fellow at Cornell University and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Actors Fund of America. Read more.

The Equity in Focus webinar series will capture innovation in job creation and a final report sponsored by the Lois Gray Innovation Fund will be released in Fall 2022.

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KATELYN 
WALKER MOONEY

Policy Advisor at the Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary

Katelyn Walker Mooney is a Policy Advisor at the Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary. Walker Mooney is leading the Department’s Good Jobs Initiative, which is focused on providing critical information to workers, employers, and government agencies as they work to improve job quality. She recently served as the Associate General Counsel for the Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more.

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KATELYN WALKER MOONEY

Policy Advisor at the Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary

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