Future of Work, Future of Schools: A Critical Conversation with World Savvy

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Thomas Friedman, columnist and author, and Hamse Warfa, Senior Advisor, Biden Administration and Former Deputy Commissioner of Workforce for Minnesota, will join Dana Mortenson, CEO and Co-founder of World Savvy, as our guests for an engaging panel discussion about what we can expect in the future of work, and how K-12 education holds a unique opportunity to prepare our youth.

Megatrends are transforming the nature of work, including globalization and rapid technological progress. How jobs will be carried out and who carries them out are shifting, creating an increase in demand for competencies like critical thinking and problem-solving. What will be the future of work? What can K-12 education do to best prepare youth for this future?

About the panelists:

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist for the New York Times. Thomas is a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work on international reporting and commentary along with seven bestselling books including, The World is Flat. Friedman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in St. Louis Park.

Hamse Warfa serves as a Presidential appointee, Senior Advisor at the U.S. State Department on civilian security, democracy, and human rights. Hamse formerly served as Minnesota DEED Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development where he successfully advocated for the largest job bill in state history that helps supply workforce training to youth and adults. Hamse came to the U.S. as a refugee teenager and today serves as the most senior Somali American official in the Federal government.

Dana Mortenson is the CEO and Co-founder of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. Dana is an Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and Women We Admire’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Minnesota for 2022.

About the moderator:

William Gaudelli is the Dean of the College of Education and Vice Provost for Innovation in Education at Lehigh University. With a career spanning 35 years as a classroom teacher, researcher, professor, and administrator, he is a prominent international scholar with research areas focusing on global citizenship education and teacher education. He has published over 85 scholarly pieces and four books, the most recent entitled, Pedagogy of the Global Event (Routledge, 2023).

Event Details


May 4, 2023 - May 4, 2023


Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414, United States