The 2019 season of the EchoChamber is underway with three recent conversations. Two address the ever-present workforce challenge from different angles, with the third a national perspective (with more to come) on the leading issues of the day.

  • Sue Ellspermann and Chris Lowery of Ivy Tech Community College are at the center of aligning student and employer needs. It’s largely a different student population than what higher education is used to and it’s requiring new methods and approaches.

Ellspermannn says the majority of open jobs in the state falls into Ivy Tech’s space. Lowery describes the ongoing mission this way: “We’d like to be pleased as often as possible, but let’s be rarely satisfied.”

Learn about the move toward eight-week classes, tremendous growth in credentials and more.

  • Salvador Espinoza is a senior at Purdue University Fort Wayne preparing to graduate in May and get married one month later. He is already working a full-time job in marketing. He owes much of his success to a series of internships at Garrett-based Dekko that began in his sophomore year of high school.

Espinoza is a five-time nominee for Indiana INTERNnet’s IMPACT Awards, earning the high school intern of the year honor in 2016. He offers guidance for future interns and identifies some things employers can do to make the internship experience meaningful for all.

  • Arthur Brooks is one of the leading voices in America today. He is wrapping up a decade-long stint as president of the American Enterprise Institute, preparing to move to the Harvard Kennedy School this summer.

Brooks believes the 93% of Americans who hate how divided our country has become are about to turn on the 7% who are fostering polarization. He discusses extreme viewpoints, the impacts of social media, his assessment of Indiana and much more.

Attendees at the March 12 Chamber Day Dinner will hear from Brooks and receive a copy of his new book, Love Your Enemies, scheduled for release that day.

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