Former Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner are joining forces to elevate bipartisan policy solutions that can break through partisan gridlock, forge pathways to the middle class and help deliver a sustainable 21st Century workforce across the United States. The two leaders will headline a public forum in Las Vegas focused on a constructive bipartisan dialogue and policy proposals to address the economic, education and demographic divides which threaten to further deteriorate America’s middle class.
Co-chaired by Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner, the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV will hold a Symposium, Investing in America: The Future of Work, April 23 at Las Vegas’s iconic Bellagio Hotel. Bringing together leaders from across the public, private and education sectors, the symposium will address ways to provide workers with the skills needed to adapt in today’s job market and prepare them for the jobs of the future.
Chuck Todd, Moderator of Meet the Press on NBC and host of Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event will feature a live, joint interview moderated by Todd with Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner on their personal pathways to work and leadership. Panel discussions will explore the roles and responsibilities of the education system and companies to support continuous learning, and spotlight promising efforts aimed at broadening access to the labor market. The symposium keynote speaker is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Visit the Institute website at unlv.edu/mgmppi for an event agenda and list of panelists and speakers.
General tickets are not available for this event, but it will be open to media with advanced registration. Members of the media may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (702) 895-3102.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:15am – 12:30pm
Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
About the Symposium
Over the past several decades, the United States has shifted from a manufacturing-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, triggering disruptions for many occupations, industries and geographies. This has brought change to society. “New in-demand skills and well-paying jobs have risen, others have faded or disappeared, and many more are changing in important and unprecedented ways,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International. “Innovative, targeted strategies are needed to efficiently re-align the workforce with today’s economy.”
“The Institute and this Symposium are addressing one of the preeminent challenges facing our country,” said Institute Co-Chairs Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner. “We must collectively ask: as the American economy continues to transition, how can the private sector, government, and academia work together to address the future of work?”
“It is our role as educators to rethink the way education is delivered – at every level – to equip students to enter dynamic industries, bridge the skills gap, and build successful careers," said UNLV President Marta Meana. “UNLV and Las Vegas offer an ideal environment to examine the future of work because we exist in a space suited to invent, adapt, and re-invent, and we do so on a strong foundation, with great ambition and steadfast determination.”
About the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV
The MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV identifies and elevates bipartisan solutions that address the evolving future of work and the challenges and opportunities facing the American workforce. Our mission is to help advance innovative approaches that will create jobs, empower workers and revive sustainable communities. The Institute is housed within the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and is co-chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 83,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at mgmresorts.com.
About UNLV and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 30,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. The university is recognized among the top three percent of the nation’s research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNLV offers a broad range of respected bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees and certificate programs across 16 major academic units, including the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. The College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. The college prepares undergraduate and graduate students to lead, collaborate and innovate through research, a cutting-edge curriculum and public-private partnerships. Learn more at unlv.edu.