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Engage! Seminar

April 7, 2012 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
APU, Atwood Building, 2nd Floor
4200 University Dr
Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK 99508
$20 for the general public, free for students
Katie Kelley

Engage Seminar LogoSponsored by Alaska Pacific University’s Business Administration and Liberal Studies Departments

“The Future of Work” &
“2nd Generation Leadership in Alaska Native Corporations—Our Future”

When: April 7, 2012, 10:00am – 3:00pm (doors open at 9:30am)
Where: APU, Atwood Building, 2nd Floor

Registration: $20 for the general public (cash or check); free for students.
Payment for admission due at the event. Registration includes a light lunch.
To pre-register or for more information: contact Katie Kelley in the APU Business Administration Department, 564-8234,

10:00am- 12:00pm: “The Future of Work”
Dale Lehman, Professor of Economics (Facilitator), Alaska Pacific University
Neal Fried, Economist, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Bill Popp, President & CEO, AEDC
Patty Hickok, Director of HR Process Improvement, NANA Development Corporation

Recent economic events (the Financial Meltdown, the Great Recession, the Eurozone crisis) have stirred people’s thinking about the future economy and how it will serve people’s needs to make a living, have a fulfilling life, and create opportunities for future generations. Stagnating wages for the middle class is being seen as more than a transient phenomenon. The rise of the wealthy class, combined with growing globalization, is causing people to reexamine their choices of education and career. This seminar is focused on the emerging question: what is the future of work?

Central themes include impact of technology advances on jobs, income inequality, and the future world prosperity. The panel will explore these issues and suggest whether job, career, and education need to be approached differently than in the past. No answers are expected, but meaningful questions can be raised. Should/Can the government improve the lot of the working class? Is government the answer or the problem? How does debt (personal and national) influence our future prospects?

12:-00- 1:00pm: Lunch & Q&A with presenters and participants

1:00-3:00pm: “2nd Generation Leadership in Alaska Native Corporations—Our Future”
Jason Metrokin, President & CE0, Bristol Bay Native Corp
Gail Schubert, President & CEO, Bering Strait Regional Corporation
Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation
Jeff Kinneeveauk, President & CEO, ASRC Energy Services
Andrew Guy, CEO & President, Calista Corporation

As Alaska Native Corporations grow and promote workforce development in the State of Alaska, many questions arise for a “second generation” of leaders. What are the challenges and opportunities facing ANCs today, and what educational skills are needed for shareholders to fill the jobs being created? How should Alaska Native college students prepare to be the next generation of leaders? What does the best possible future for Alaska Native people look like? How can APU help Native people flourish in the next 10 years? 20 years? 50 years? What are the best ways of taking new technologies—whether they be alternative energy, high tech fabrics, or green building strategies—to rebuild our villages so they are once again economically viable for those who wish to remain in those communities? Alaska Native traditional ways have a lot to teach us about living a meaningful life. In a technologically driven world where communication is instant but isolation is rampant, what insights from Native traditional ways could help all Alaskans live meaningful lives?

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