Education Event Recap: A Conversation About Growing Los Angeles' Tech Workforce

Our panelists and audience were full of ideas on how to educate the STEM professionals of the future.

Thursday night in Los Angeles, GOOD and University of Phoenix hosted "Now Hiring: A Conversation About Growing Los Angeles' Tech Workforce," a panel discussion about how schools, businesses, and government can work together to ensure that we're educating the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals of the future.

The panel was moderated by GOOD CEO and co-founder Ben Goldhirsh and featured an impressive group of influencers making a difference in Los Angeles—Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman, X PRIZE Foundation; Eric Garcetti, the President of the Los Angeles City Council; Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing; Bernadette Lucas, Principal, Melrose Elementary Math Science Technology Magnet; and Blair Smith, Dean, College of Information Systems & Technology, University of Phoenix.

The panelists shared their perspectives on what it will take to turn Los Angeles into the next Silicon Valley, and engaged with audience members and the online community about what we can all do to help K-12 schools, colleges, businesses and community organizations set up students for success.

For those that couldn't join us, you'll find event photos and a recap of the conversation's highlights on the slides above. We look forward to continuing the conversation.