19 Aug Episode 15 – How Will the Pandemic Affect Gen Z in the Workplace?
The school year is starting and the pandemic is not ending and Generation Z will have to deal with that. In fact, they will probably have to deal with the impact of the pandemic for years as the effects of it shape the way that they approach their lives and careers. But never mind the future: right now their parents are trying to figure out how to configure their own work with the educational needs of their children. It is a work in progress.
Our guest today is Rebecca Holmes, who is the President of the Colorado Educaiton Initiative. Even before the pandemic she led that states’ work on finding areas for innovation aimed at preparing students for learning, work, and life in the 21st century. She has an interesting background – Before had her current job, she was originally a middle school teacher, and She also has been a program officer, committee member and Trustee with several philanthropic foundations as well as being a s private sector Consultant on change management and talent strategies and she is parent. So she has a lot of perspective, and she is going to give us her views on what this reimagined education experiment is going to do for kids longer term, and for parents now.
Rebecca F. Holmes, President & CEO, Colorado Education Initiative
Rebecca has led the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) as President and CEO since 2017. Previously, she was the Associate Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education. There, she led the state’s work on Next Generation Learning initiatives, identifying areas for innovation aimed at preparing students for learning, work, and life in the 21st century while also supporting systems-level innovation activities at the district and state levels. Additionally, she oversaw the state’s work in postsecondary readiness, dropout prevention, student engagement, health and wellness, and adult education.
Rebecca began her career as a middle school teacher and spent many years leading a system of schools serving over 90% low-income students, leading the schools to record levels of student achievement. She has been a program officer, committee member and Trustee with several Colorado philanthropic foundations and also has private sector experience as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, where she worked with a variety of clients on change management and talent strategies. Rebecca is product of Colorado’s public schools who also holds degrees from Yale University and Harvard University.
Rebecca is a trained youth facilitator and is passionate about elevating the role of student voice in education policy discussions. She and her husband try to remain equally passionate about youth voice at home, where they are raising two young children.