WorkingNation moderates future of work panels at SXSW EDU

WorkingNation looks at reskilling older workers and at how data analytics is changing sports jobs.

More than 7,000 people were in attendance when the ninth annual SXSW EDU conference kicked off in Austin on Monday. The four-day live event focused on the future of learning and included hundreds of events, workshops, and sessions — and two panels moderated by WorkingNation.

WorkingNation brought together an impressive group of leaders to discuss two important issues at the intersection of the future of education and the future of work — helping older workers reskill for the changing nature of work and filling the demand for workers able to mine and analyze massive amounts of data in sports.

Sports is so much more than what’s happening on the field, on the court, or on the ice. From player performance to safety to marketing, behind nearly every decision is someone analyzing the numbers to determine the best outcome.

On Wednesday, March 6, WorkingNation’s Chief Content and Programming Officer Joan Lynch moderated How Data Analytics is Changing Sports. Data analytics is one of the most in-demand jobs in our economy and these women and men are using their STEM skills to change the game.

Panelists sit at table on stage for panel discussion at SXSW EDU.
WorkingNation’s Joan Lynch leads SXSW EDU panel discussion, How Data Analytics Is Changing Sports, with panelists Brett O’Brien, Caryn Rosoff and Trent Dilfer.

Joining Joan in this discussion was Trent Dilfer, a former Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback and current head football coach at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville; Brett O’Brien, the senior vice president and general manager for Gatorade; and Caryn Rosoff, vice president of Endeavor Analytics. They discussed how data analytics is helping young players stay safe, how businesses are changing their products based on analysis of player performance, and how numbers are even driving your experience at the ballpark. Joan and the panel also looked at how STEM education in school will help fill the new roles being created in sports.

RECAP: How data analytics is changing sports

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There are now more people in the U.S. over 50 than there are under 18. Sixty-three percent of adults 60–64 still work, as do 40 percent of adults 65–69. On Thursday, March 7, WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief Ramona Schindelheim led a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of the greying of the American workforce, Rethinking Education as We Live Longer and Work Longer.

As the skills needed for new jobs being created by new technology evolve, we need to think about how we prepare older workers to take advantage of the changes. How do we tap into this talent pool and educate them for meaningful, purpose-driven jobs — for their benefit and the benefit of society?

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Ramona explored these questions with Jane Oates, a former Labor Department official and current president of WorkingNation; Trent Stamp, the CEO of The Eisner Foundation; and Gary A. Officer, president and CEO of Senior Service America.

RECAP: We’re living longer and working longer 

Rethinking Education as We Live & Work Longer panel at SXSW EDU.
Rethinking Education as We Live & Work Longer panel at SXSW EDU.

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The Eisner Foundation is dedicated to creating a thriving society in which all generations work together. Senior Service America’s mission is building new pathways into employment for older workers. WorkingNation is a nonprofit media organization that reports on the future of work and solutions that are closing the skills gap caused by rapid advances in technology.