‘The Future Is Now: Closing the Data Analytics Skills Gap’ Town Hall Preview

On Feb. 26, 2019, WorkingNation and The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) will host a Town Hall with leaders in business, academia, government, and the non-profit sectors on their talent needs in the area of data analytics and their innovative solutions.

The future is now, we need more data scientists.
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As technology continues to transform current jobs and create new jobs, there is one industry that is taking center stage in this new world of work — data science. For the past three years, Data Scientist has been named the Top Job In America by Glassdoor. And while the three professions that make up the industry (machine learning, statistics, and analytics) are all considered “hot jobs,” it’s data analytics (or data-mining or business intelligence) that is growing by leaps and bounds across all industries and is revolutionizing the workplace.

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In 2015, 2.35 million jobs demanded Data Science and Analytic (DSA) skills. By 2020, the demand for DSA jobs is projected to grow 15%, according to research from Burning Glass Technologies, with the fastest-growing roles of Data Scientists and Advanced Analysts projected to see demand spike by 28%.

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This boom has driven the demand for skilled professionals and the need for educators to incorporate data analytics in secondary and postsecondary curriculums. Right now, fewer than one-third of U.S. News & World Report‘s Top 100 Global Universities offer degrees in data science. And of the 29 that offer data science programs, only six make them available to undergraduates, according to the University of California, Riverside.

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For WorkingNation’s sixth town hall event, we are partnering with The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI), the world’s preeminent academic research center focusing on the development and application of customer analytics methods, to highlight the power of data analytics in business. Moderator Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC contributor and former CNBC chief international correspondent and co-anchor of “Power Lunch,” will lead the discussion with leaders in business, academia, government, and the non-profit sectors on their talent needs in the area of data analytics as well as their innovative solutions. In addition, we will explore how education systems, both traditional and non-traditional pathways, are responding to this demand and educating students for the changing job landscape.

List of Panelists:

Scheduled to appear: (lineup is subject to change):

  • Allen Blue (Keynote Speaker), Co-founder, LinkedIn
  • Eric Bradlow, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School
  • H. Patrick Clancy, President and CEO, Philadelphia Works
  • Tsvi Gal, CTO, Morgan Stanley
  • Guy Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Melanie S. Harris, Chief Information Officer, School District of Philadelphia
  • Ravi Kandikonda, Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Planning, Comcast
  • Steven Kern, Deputy Director, Quantitative Sciences, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kevin Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Penn Health
  • Jake Schwartz, Co-founder & CEO, General Assembly
  • Bhushan Sethi, Partner, Joint Global Leader, People & Organization, PwC
  • Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies


WHAT: The Future Is Now: Closing the Data Analytics Skills Gap | The Wharton School & WorkingNation Town Hall
WHEN: Tuesday, February 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Harold L. Zellerbach Theatre
University of Pennsylvania Campus
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot for this event

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Annenberg Center (Credit: Mark Garvin)
Zellerbach Theatre (Credit: Mark Garvin)


About our Moderator:

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

A trailblazer in her own right, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera illuminates the path to becoming a hard-hitter in her industry. “Every single show has a female anchor now,” she says, “and that was not true when I started.”

When Caruso-Cabrera first broke into the world of journalism, Hispanic women were a rarity on television — particularly in the field of economics and finance reporting. Beginning her broadcasting career as a producer at Univision, she forged a unique path in an ever-changing industry. She later gravitated to a role at CNBC, at a time when the industry was dominated by men.

In her 20 years at the network, Caruso-Cabrera established herself as a savvy and pointed authority. The sweet spot of her expertise, however, resides at the intersection of economics, policy, and politics — where she can dissect major world events and translate the impact on global markets. In her plain-spoken and authoritative style, Caruso-Cabrera provides audiences with an instant and deep analysis of the interplay between global markets and world affairs, and how companies can best prepare themselves.

About Our Panelists:

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Allen Blue

Allen Blue, Co-founder, LinkedIn (*keynote speaker)

Allen is one of the Co-founders of LinkedIn and Vice President of Product Management. Currently, he manages the Content and Communities division, covering LinkedIn’s Groups, News, Influencer, Stream and Communication products.

Before joining LinkedIn, Allen designed exploratory products and marketing programs at PayPal. And he was an early employee, Director of Product Design, at SocialNet.com, a first-generation social site supporting dating, recreational and professional activities.

Before entering technology, Allen lectured on Theatrical Design at Stanford University.

Eric Bradlow

Eric Bradlow, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Professor Eric T. Bradlow is the K.P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing, Statistics, Education and Economics and Faculty Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative. An applied statistician, Professor Bradlow uses high-powered statistical models to solve problems on everything from Internet search engines to product assortment issues. Specifically, his research interests include Bayesian modeling, statistical computing, and developing new methodology for unique data structures with application to business problems.

Eric was recently named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Educational Research Association, is past chair of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Marketing, past Editor-in-Chief of Marketing Science, is a past statistical fellow of Bell Labs, and worked at DuPont Corporation’s Corporate Marketing and Business Research Division and the Educational Testing Service.

Professor Bradlow has won numerous teaching awards at Wharton, including the Anvil Award, MBA Core Curriculum teaching award, the Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching award and the Excellence in Teaching Award. His teaching interests include courses in Statistics, Marketing Research, Marketing Management and PhD Data Analysis, as well as any material related to customer analytics.

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H. Patrick Clancy

H. Patrick Clancy, President and CEO, Philadelphia Works

H. Patrick Clancy possesses more than 20 years senior level experience developing and managing Career and Workforce Development programs. As President and CEO of Philadelphia Works, the City’s Workforce Development Board, he directs all aspects of the organization, providing strategic guidance for investments in solutions and services to grow Philadelphia’s economy.

Prior to his time leading Philadelphia Works, Clancy served as Special Advisor on Employment and Training Programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, where he oversaw the implementation of an $80 million Welfare to Work program across the Commonwealth and helped to draft the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan for the US Department of Labor. He also advised the PA Secretary of Human Services on all employment and training issues regarding TANF recipients.

Clancy’s experience is rooted at Philadelphia Works, having spent nearly 15 years in various roles—including seven years as Vice President of Training Programs—with the former Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC). After his time with PWDC, Clancy led strategic planning and development of 16 Industry-Sector Partnerships across Southeastern Pennsylvania, connecting employers, unions and community colleges in order to create cost-effective training programs.

He currently serves as a board member of the Wanamaker Institute of Industries, a Trustees of the Board for Community College of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Organization, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, the Society for Human Resource Management and membership on the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors.

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Tsvi Gal

Tsvi Gal, CTO Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley

Tsvi Gal is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Tsvi has over 25 years of technology and operations experience mostly in financial services global corporations.

Tsvi’s career included work as CTO and CIO in several banks including Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and Wells Fargo as well as in non-banks including general partner of a private equity firm, president of AT&T.com and CIO of Time Warner Music.

Dr. Donald Guy Generals

Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia

Dr. Donald Guy Generals became the sixth president of Community College of Philadelphia on July 1, 2014. As the chief executive officer, he guides Philadelphia’s only public institution of higher learning, which serves more than 35,000 credit and noncredit students from diverse social, cultural and educational backgrounds.

Dr. Generals serves on numerous boards in Philadelphia including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works, Campus Philly, the Urban Affairs Coalition, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Friends Select School. He served on numerous professional organizations, including the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group (chair); the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (Board member since 2010); the College Board, Middle States Regional Council; and the Paterson Board of Education (commissioner). Dr. Generals writes and speaks on a range of educational issues. His book, Booker T. Washington, The Architect of Progressive Education, was published in 2013.

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Melanie S. Harris

Melanie S. Harris, Chief Information Officer, School District of Philadelphia

Melanie S. Harris is the Chief Information Officer for the School District of Philadelphia. As the CIO, she oversees the team responsible for all aspects of technology delivery and support for schools and administrative offices. Ms. Harris believes that her primary role and the role of her office is to improve the lives and futures of students in Philadelphia, and seeks to create a technology infrastructure that fosters technology-rich learning environments in classrooms, and improves administrative systems for the optimal management of the School District. Collectively, these actions show a District-wide commitment that Philadelphia’s public school students gain the technical, digital citizenship, and Internet safety skills necessary to compete and innovate in a constantly changing and technology immersed global world.

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Ravi Kandikonda

Ravi Kandikonda, Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Planning, Comcast

Ravi Kandikonda is the Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Planning for Comcast’s consumer business lines. In this role, Ravi leads strategic planning, media mix optimization, customer insights and campaign execution for the $50bn annual revenue business. Previously, Ravi was the Managing Director of CRM and Analytics team at the storied marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather. While at Ogilvy, Ravi was based out of North America and Asia leading engagements for several well-known brands in Retail, Technology, CPG and Telecom verticals.

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Steven Kern

Steven Kern, Deputy Director, Quantitative Sciences, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Steven E. Kern, PhD is Deputy Director of Quantitative Sciences at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Quantitative Sciences group is focused on quantitative data analysis to support program strategies for therapeutic projects that the foundation funds. This effort extends across all therapeutic areas in which the foundation is involved including maternal & child health, family planning, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, HIV, and pandemic preparedness. He and his team are strong advocates of making research data “always FAIR and sometimes OPEN” to improve the impact data can have towards the problem it was collected to address, and beyond.

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Kevin Mahoney

Kevin Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Penn Health

Kevin Mahoney is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), executive vice dean for integrative services for the Perelman School of Medicine, and a co-director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, Kevin is actively involved in many community activities. He serves on the board of directors at Community Volunteers in Medicine and the Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council. He is also on the campaign cabinet at United Way and served as an elected member of the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District School Board for 10 years.

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Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz, Co-Founder & CEO, General Assembly

Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly, a global company advancing the future of work. Schwartz leads GA’s growth, creating sustainable talent pipelines for businesses and building transparent career pathways to the most transformational work. GA offers employer-driven, practitioner-taught training in high-demand fields like data, technology, design, and business, and the company’s global reach, massive community, and leading outcomes have created an international community of professionals nearly 1 million strong.

GA was named the No. 1 most innovative company in education by Fast Company in 2015 and was in the top 100 on Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™ rankings. Schwartz was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and one of Crain’s “40 under 40” in 2015. He earned a B.A. in American studies from Yale in 2000 and an MBA in entrepreneurial management from Wharton in 2008.

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Sethi Bhushan

Bhushan Sethi, Partner, Joint Global Leader, People & Organization, PwC

Bhushan Sethi is the joint leader of PwC’s Global People & Organization practice, where he shapes and drives the firm’s global network strategy across its 11000+ practitioners in 150+ countries delivering standalone and integrated solutions across people strategy, technology, process and risk & compliance.

In his US Financial Services People & Organization practice lead role, he works with Bank, Asset Manager, Insurer & Fintech executives to define and operationalize targeted People & Organization strategies which enable strategy execution, build capabilities, embed culture and behavior change, integrated client and employee experience, regulatory compliance and sustainable business value. 

Recent client experiences include enterprise and functional (front office and control functions) workforce strategy & planning, building digital workforce capabilities, post-merger integration, operating model design, talent strategy, compensation process redesign, large scale transformation and regulatory driven change. 

Experience gained from living and working in the US, Europe and Asia, has made Bhushan a highly sought after advisor to global leaders from developed and emerging markets.  He is a leading thinker and spokesperson on topics including “future of work”, risk culture, workforce strategy, employee experience and diversity & inclusion evidenced by his external speaking events, published research, media interviews and active social media profile. 

He co-authored PwC’s Workforce of Future 2030 research and is currently part of the T20 “Future of work task force” where he works with leading global think tanks, business and academic leaders to influence future public policy.

Matt Sigelman

Matthew Sigelman, Chief Executive Officer, Burning Glass Technologies

Matt Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence technologies that have cracked the genetic code of the job market.

Powered by the world’s largest and most sophisticated database of jobs and talent, Burning Glass delivers real-time data and breakthrough planning tools that inform careers, define academic programs, and shape workforces. Burning Glass has helped to fill millions of jobs and its data drive initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments.

Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and industry leaders. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.

About WorkingNation’s Town Hall Series

“The Future Is Now: Closing the Data Analytics Skills Gap | The Wharton School & WorkingNation Town Hall” will be WorkingNation’s sixth Town Hall event. This series brings together local leaders, educators, businesses and workforce development organizations for solutions-driven conversations.

Previous Town Halls include:

“Re-Skilling the Mid-Career Workforce,” held in conjunction with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, was about the importance of training programs helping older individuals and the long-term unemployed to re-enter the workforce.

“Keeping America’s Promise,” produced in partnership with the syndicated television show Hiring America and filmed at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, was aimed at assisting veterans’ transition to the civilian workforce.

“Shaping the Future of Work,” was held at the Dreamline Aviation hangar at Van Nuys Airport with YPO Los Angeles and focused on the workforce shortage in the aviation and aerospace industries.

“Cracking the Code,” was an in-depth discussion with leading experts on the topic of cybercrime and how to develop a skilled workforce to confront the scale of this global problem. It was held at the campus of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Watch highlights from the event.

“Work-Based Learning: A WorkingNation Town Hall,” brought together experts from the organizations engaged in redefining worker training for our fifth Town Hall at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston last October.

You can view all of our Town Hall discussions on the WorkingNation YouTube channel.

About The Wharton School

For more than 135 years, Wharton has been the place where visionaries, inventors, and trailblazers get their start. In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania — a radical idea that revolutionized both business practice and higher education. Since then, the Wharton School has continued innovating to meet mounting global demand for new ideas, deeper insights, and transformative leadership. We blaze trails, from the nation’s first collegiate center for entrepreneurship in 1973 to our latest research centers in alternative investments and neuroscience. For more information, visit wharton.upenn.edu.

About Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI)

The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) is the world’s preeminent academic research center focusing on the development and application of customer analytics methods. Through our innovative Research Opportunity program and R&D “crowdsourcing” approach, WCAI enables academic researchers from around the world to help companies understand how to better monetize the individual-level data they collect about customers through the development and application of new predictive models. We marry our work with companies and researchers around the world with a range of co-curricular student programs that foster talent development and recruitment.

Launched with a generous gift from Wharton alumnus Art Bilger and his wife, Dahlia, and an executive partnership with Omnicom Group, Inc., WCAI has a broad impact on the practice of data-driven business decision-making, and the dissemination of relevant insights to managers, students, and policymakers. For more information, visit wcai.wharton.upenn.edu.

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