New America bringing technology planning event to OU

OU hosting The Augmented Workforce: Michigan Designing for the Future
The Augmented Workforce: Michigan Designing for the Future is designed to help employers, entrepreneurs, and workers participate in the future economy.

New America, a national non-partisan, non-profit think tank, in partnership with Oakland University, the Michigan Talent and Economic Development (TED), and Automation Alley is convening a half-day event on Friday, May 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at OU's Engineering Center titled, The Augmented Workforce: Michigan Designing for the Future.

It is designed to help employers, entrepreneurs, and workers participate in the future economy and will bring together stakeholders from the defense, transportation, government, and education sectors in three engaging tiers of discussion, punctuated by networking breaks.

The Augmented Workforce: Michigan Designing for the Future will help chart a path forward by elevating the bold experiments and collaborations present in Michigan regarding automation and looming workforce changes.


This program is part of the New America National Network, an organization-wide effort to speed the process of sharing innovation by piloting higher connectivity across and within places by lifting up local organizations and leaders though testing, iterating, and scaling their creative solutions.


The event  is free and open to the public, but registration is required – RSVP link
The event will also be live streamed on the Event Website.


The event will begin with opening remarks from Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and a recorded welcome from Senator Debbie Stabenow. It will feature three panels, moderated by New America experts Kristin Sharp, and Mary Alice McCarthy, with the third discussion facilitated by CBS-TV62 and Detroit Free Press journalist Carol Cain, respectively.


Other event speakers include:


Kristin Dziczek – Director, Industry, Labor, and Economics Group at the Center for Automotive



Louay Chamra, Ph.D. – Dean, Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer



Mark Hackel - County Executive, Macomb County


Jennifer Hitchcock, SES – Executive Director, Research, Technology & Integration, TARDEC


Ed Koledo – Senior Deputy Director for Talent Development, Michigan Talent and Economic



Andy Hove – President & CEO, AM General


John Katona - Throughput Analysis & Simulation Engineer, General Motors (OU Class of



Tom Kelly – Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley


Jason Lee – Executive Director, Grow Detroit's Young Talent


Brigadier General David A. Lesperance – Armor School Commandant, US Army Maneuver

Center of Excellence


Mary Alice McCarthy – Director, The Center on Education & Skills at New America


Sonya Sepahban – Co-founder and CEO, OurOffice, Inc.


Kristin Sharp – Executive Director, SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and



Ivy Simmons – Executive Vice President, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce (invited)


Michele Economou Ursete – Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)


Taylor Van Dyke Digital Manufacturing Engineer- Manufacturing Engineering [ME-FCA] Fiat

Chrysler Automobiles LLC (OU Class of 2015)


About New America:

New America is pioneering a new kind of think and action tank: a civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum. Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and public intellectuals.