WNYC’s “New Tech City” presents TECH + TODAY’S WORKER: Upgrading Your Skills In Every Phase of Life

WNYC’s “New Tech City” presents


Upgrading Your Skills In Every Phase of Life 

A Discussion and Workshop on Staying Relevant and Inspired in Today’s Job Environment

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00PM
At The Greene Space


(New York, NY—November 12, 2013) – In today’s rapidly changing digital marketplace, everyone from recent grads to seasoned professionals need to acquire the tech skills to maintain a competitive edge.

On Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00PM, MANOUSH ZOMORODI, host of “New Tech City,” WNYC’s podcast on how tech is changing the way we live, will moderate a dynamic evening of networking, advice and insight on how to be more attractive to potential employers and to increase personal value at a company through continued education and honing of tech skills.

The first half of the evening will consist of a panel discussion with career development experts who work with distinct age demographics of job seekers. The panel will explore a range of questions, including:

  • How can recent grads break into a tough job market?
  • How can mid-career professionals stay relevant in a constantly changing tech-centered marketplace?
  • What role does technology play for seniors, whether they are retired or looking for work?


The second half will feature an interactive exercise with Zach Lieberman, founder of the new School for Poetic Computation, who will present a performance showing how technology can be used to tap into creativity and outside-the-box thinking.

During the cocktail hour, audience members will have the opportunity to break up into smaller groups by demographic to further converse with the panelists.

The panelists are:

Carmen Scheidel is the VP of Learning + Development at Time, Inc, focusing on professional development. In her previous role as the VP of Education & Events at MediaBistro.com, Scheidel built a multi-million dollar online and offline education and events business.

Tom Kamber is the founder and executive director of OATS, where he has helped over 10,000 senior citizens get online, built more than 30 free technology centers, created the seniorplanet.org digital community, and launched the Senior Planet Exploration Center—the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults.  His work has been covered in major national media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Univision, MSNBC, and the TODAY Show.

Larry Harris is PubMatic’s first Chief Marketing Officer, bringing his deep and diversified marketing experience to the ad technology company. An experienced mobile marketing and advertising executive for more than 20 years, Harris has led integrated marketing and branding programs for Microsoft, Bank of America, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Intel. Harris is the former Chief Executive Officer of Ansible Mobile, an early mobile agency. Before co-founding Ansible, Larry served as Executive Vice President and Director of Integrated Marketing for Draft, (now Draftfcb). In 2000, Harris co-founded the digital division of FCBi – the direct, digital and data arm of Foote, Cone and Belding. Harris directed digital strategy, creative, user interface, e-marketing and web development for clients such as Hewlett-Packard, GSK, Quest, the IRS, Eli Lilly, Chase, Clairol and MetLife.

From disaster relief to the daily commute, the way we live and work is changing with incredible speed. “New Tech City” is WNYC's look at the how our increasingly digitized world is changing how New Yorkers live and work.  The weekly segment airs during Morning Edition every Tuesday. New York is entering a new digital era and New Tech City is your guide to it.


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