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August 13, 2019

Pick our panel for SXSW: Futureproofing America’s Tech Workforce

People attending SXSW® in March 2020 are encouraged to vote for a panel discussion sponsored by CompTIA and its workforce charity, Creating IT Futures.


The panel — called Futureproofing America’s Tech Workforce — will examine the changing nature of work and how its growing reliance on technology is forcing companies to rethink how they recruit and train their workforce.


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Far from automating humans out of the workforce, technology is creating never-before-seen jobs that demand constant learning. From large employers to startups, companies must deliver new, on-the-job training that emphasizes real-world learning, transferrable training and soft skills.


Our experts on the panel will dig into the collection of shortcomings that define today’s “skills gap” and provide best practices for companies, nonprofits and job seekers alike.


The discussion will be led by Charles Eaton, who serves dual roles as executive vice president for social innovation at CompTIA, as well as CEO for Creating IT Futures. Joining him on the panel will be:

  • Lisa Tenorio, global head of education and learning at Epic Games, where she leads training, online learning, and academic partnerships for Unreal Engine,
  • Franklin Reed, director of inclusion and diversity at TEKsystems, where he seeks to build a diverse and engaged workforce so the company can achieve its business objectives, and
  • Gayatri Agnew, senior director for corporate philanthropy at Walmart, where she is focused on innovations in workforce education and delivery to better enable learners to gain the skills they need to grow their careers.


People can vote for our panel via PanelPicker®, the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform, which allows the community to select daytime conference programming.


Voting takes place now through Aug. 23.


To vote, visit and sign in or create an account. If you created a SXSW account in 2013 or later, you will be able to use the same login and password.


Once you are signed in, begin the voting process by filtering proposals by conference, programming track, format and level. You can also search by title, description, tags, and speakers in the search field.


You can vote for Futureproofing America’s Tech Workforce by clicking here.


The annual SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn and network while exploring what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology. This year, more than 300,000 people attended SXSW, breaking the conference’s previous record. Next year’s conference is scheduled for March 13-22 in Austin.