Virtual event

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 2 pm to 3 pm EDT

In New York City, as elsewhere across the US, the economy that emerges in the wake of the pandemic is likely to look very different than the one that shut down in early spring. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers will need new skills to keep their jobs or reenter the labor market. And few institutions are better positioned to provide the training that’s needed – short, targeted programs offered in partnership with employers – than the City University of New York.

CUNY chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez was among the speakers at an Opportunity America virtual event discussing New York’s shifting workforce needs and what CUNY can do to address them. A policy brief from Opportunity America explores the challenges and opportunity facing the CUNY system.


  • Kenneth Adams, dean of workforce & economic development, Bronx Community College
  • Dave Clayton, senior vice president of consumer insights, Strada Education Network
  • Thomas Isekenegbe, president, Bronx Community College
  • Tamar Jacoby, president, Opportunity America
  • Errol Louis, political anchor, Spectrum News NY1
  • Melinda Mack, executive director, New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals
  • Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, chancellor, City University of New York
  • Rick Smith, president, The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Kathryn Wylde, president & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 2 pm to 3 pm EDT