Discovery Education, TGR Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and University of Maryland Changemakers Discuss the Future Workforce and Talent Pipeline at ‘Brands Taking Stands’ 3BL Forum

By Charmion N. Kinder
Oct 26, 2018 4:00 PM ET
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Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and University of Maryland panelists yesterday joined 3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands - The Long View to discuss The Future Workforce and a Pipeline of Talent. Technology has drastically changed the technical skills needed to hold the jobs of today and greater job specializations are the driving force behind the need for a STEM talent pipeline.

Discovery Education’s Vice President of Corporate Education Partnerships Stacie Kronthal, joined President and CEO of TGR Foundation Rick Singer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach Rick Wade, and University of Maryland Associate Director of Professional Preparation Allynn Powell to discuss intersecting pipelines that will advance our United States workforce and the next generation. Below, find key insights from the panel’s proceedings:

Rick Singer, President and CEO, TGR Foundation

"There’s a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of underserved kids and impact our economy at the same time. TGR Foundation and Discovery Education work together to ensure that kids take advantage of the workforce, not only of tomorrow, but of today."

Stacie Kronthal, Vice President, Corporate Education Partnerships, Discovery Education

“Digital scale is powerful. Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with multidisciplinary content and an immersive approach. In partnership with bold innovators like TGR Foundation, it excites me that companies are investing in the CSR space.”

Rick Wade, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"If we provide students with meaningful internship experiences, they can visualize themselves in the positions. They will become empowered and maximize their potential. We must not just think about best practices, but next practices to building a diverse workforce if our companies are to remain competitive.”

Allynn Powell, Associate Director, Professional Preparation, University of Maryland

“It’s important to work with industry partners to connect with students early. Success stories make all the difference and influence future students to seek out challenging opportunities. To address the skills and talent needed for the future workforce, we must continue to collaborate by providing students with the resources they need to make a smooth transition into it.”

Launched in a collaboration between TGR Foundation and Discovery Education in 2017, TGR EDU: Explore was created to make possible Tiger Woods' vision to motivate students across the world through innovative education in STEM and college access. Through Discovery Education’s partnership with TGR Foundation, TGR EDU: Explore has provided teachers, students and families with valuable access to digital experiences, lessons, and trainings designed to support college preparation in high-quality STEM career paths. TGR EDU: Explore curriculum and professional development resources are made available to students and teachers at no-cost. Together with the TGR Foundation, Discovery Education seeks to educate students nationwide on how to prepare for a career in STEM, while equipping them with the tools they need to attend college.

TGR EDU: Explore resources are available at no cost at tgreduexplore.org and are also available through Discovery Education Streaming. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.