Ashley Putnam on re-framing the conversation

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres at the virtual JFF Horizons conference as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

Ashley Putnam is the director of the Economic Growth & Mobility Project (EGMP) for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Putnam says COVID-19 and civil unrest have put inequity into sharper focus. “They have been amplified even greater by the attention that the protests have drawn to the economic disparities that have existed for a long time.”

She says workers without college degrees should be strongly considered by employers. “One of the things we’re finding is there are a lot of skills that are transferable across occupational groups.” Putnam says people should not be left behind because they did not have access to a baccalaureate degree.

WorkingNation interviewed Putnam for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with the JFF Horizons 2020 conference. You can watch all the interviews on our YouTube channel.

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