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Live Interactive Online Session

Improving the Job Search Process for Professionals Over 50

A Conversation between Labor Economists, Policy Experts and Seasoned Job Seekers

Monday, April 12, 3-4 P.M. ET

Please join us for a unique opportunity to participate in a dialogue with economic, policy and workforce development experts about the future of work, the current labor market and policies that impact the job search for professionals over 50.

We are delighted to be joined by Professor Thomas Kochan – MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research Co-Director, and Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director – Rutgers University John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

Join our guests along with Roberto Rodriguez, policy and labor advocate; Deborah Burkholder, Executive Director of ICT, and other job seekers as we engage in an interactive discussion and hear from YOU about your professional journey and job search experiences.


Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research, and the CoDirector of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His work calls attention to the challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor-management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. He is author of Shaping the Future of Work (Business Experts Press, 2016).

Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.

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Kathy Krepcio is the Executive Director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, responsible for executive management and day-to-day oversight of administration, research, technical assistance, client service, and project operations. Krepcio has an exceptional track record in government and nonprofit executive leadership, policy and program development. Prior to joining the Center, she served as chief of staff in the New Jersey State Office of Information Technology managing the key business activities of the state’s central information technology organization, and as the Director for Policy and Planning at the New Jersey Department of Human Services where she was responsible for providing policy research, development and analysis on a wide range of human services areas, including development of state welfare reform efforts.

She is the co-author of several research reports and briefs related to the U.S. workforce system, disability employment, labor market information, dislocated workers and program evaluation. She earned a Master of Arts from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers and a Bachelor of Arts from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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Deborah Burkholder, Executive Director, Institute for Career Transitions. Deborah is the chief architect of the ICT Collaboratory, an experiential research-based initiative exploring new models of work and support during times of transition. Building on her experience and career in human resource management, talent acquisition and development, coaching, and systems design, she is a catalyst for creating continuous learning environments. Her impact is enhancing the use of talent in solving problems driving towards better societal, organizational, and economic outcomes for all. She is active in the human resource, career coaching, technology, financial services, innovation, and entrepreneur communities.

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Roberto A. Rodriguez, CFA, is an Investment and Management Strategist who grows enterprises. He is an influencer of multi-ethnic and multi-lingual individuals and groups. An action-oriented and persuasive mission driven executive, he is driven by positive impact on under-represented communities. Roberto built a 15-year career as an Asset Allocation strategist at Wellington Management Company, LLP. He served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Policy for Secretary of Labor Robert Reich in the Clinton Administration in the mid 1990s. Roberto also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the early 80s. Roberto has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with honors from Harvard University with a Business and Government concentration.