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Keynote Session

Every year at the Summer Institute, attendees hear from informative and thought-provoking speakers including educators, workforce development professionals, and elected officials. Check back soon to learn about the keynote speaker for the 2019 CASAS National Summer Institute.


Summer Institute 2018 Keynote Speaker

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling Policy, National Skills Coalition

Amanda-Bergson-Shilcock-headshot-webAmanda Bergson-Shilcock is Director of Upskilling Policy at the National Skills Coalition (NSC.) She leads the NSC’s work on adult education and workforce policies that support U.S.-born and immigrant adults with foundational skills gaps.

In this role, she analyzes policies, makes recommendations, and coordinates with NSC member organizations to address issues facing adult learners and jobseekers, including immigrant workers.

Amanda has authored numerous publications and policy recommendations on immigrant integration, workforce development, and adult education. She has extensive experience engaging state and federal policymakers. She joined NSC in 2015.

Prior to joining NSC, she was Vice President of Policy and Evaluation at the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians in Philadelphia. In that role, she led the Welcoming Center’s policy and communications work on adult education, workforce, and economic development issues. She also served as Policy and Communications Director for IMPRINT, a national coalition of nonprofit organizations focusing on the integration of immigrant professionals.

Amanda holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied American Civilization with an emphasis on minority populations. She is based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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