Advocating for Skills: The Business Case

WEDNESDAY 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Policy – Fountain Room

Join Business Leaders United (BLU) in an employer-led discussion sharing their efforts to advocate for federal policies that support their businesses by expanding access to skills for their current and future workforce. The discussion will include BLU’s efforts around work-based learning, Pell eligibility for short-term credentials, investments in career and technical education, and system-wide support for sector partnerships.


  • Rob Garcia, Business Leaders United (Moderator)
  • Meridith Berger
  • Alejandro Mendoza, Director, Optimax Systems
  • Mike Tamasi