Huffington Post‘s National Bi-partisan Job Initiative: Next week Tampa RNC

By Carolyn Winston and Addison Sims Hosts, Let’s Talk Biz

All eyes are on Florida next week. The nation is watching to see if the Republican Convention will be held in Tampa or will it be cancelled because of tropical storm Isaac. No matter what happens Isaac has gained media attention and changed the conversation for the convention. Let’s Talk Biz is watching the weather and the convention because our friends at the Huffington Post are planning to kick-off a job solution initiative. A few weeks ago Let’s Talk Biz’s guests, Daniel Koh, Chief of Staff to Arianna Huffington and Lance Gould, Executive Education Editor of the Huffington Post, told you about the Huffington Post’s national Opportunity: What is Working– A Bipartisan Search for Solutions to the Jobs Crisis initiative.

The initiative will be at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) with partners LinkedIn, Starbucks, Microsoft, NBC News, and many foundations to shine a spotlight on job creation during the RNC, Tampa, Florida, August 27-30, 2012 with a panel/ lunch/expo, Wednesday, August 9th and the DNC, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6, 2012 with a panel/lunch/expo, Wednesday, September 5th. There will be an exhibition showcasing social entrepreneurs, small businesses, and innovative ideas that provide skills and training to create jobs. A Lunch panel discussion, moderated by Tom Brokaw, focusing on concrete job-creation initiatives, as well as big ideas for future job growth will be held. Panelists will include Ohio Governor John Kasich, Laura Ingram, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, Startup America CEO Scott Case, LinkedIn Co-Founder and VP of Product Management Allen Blue, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, Year Up CEO Gerald Chertavian, Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang, Valencia College President Sanford Shugart, Civic Ventures CEO Marc Freedman, Purpose CEO Jeremy Heimans and Arianna Huffington.

Regardless, of what happens in Tampa this week most Americans are focused on unemployment, under employment and housing. The unemployment rate is 8.3%, but that figure is higher if you look at basic definition from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployed people are people who “do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work”. Unemployment does not include those participating in part-time jobs, and it does not include citizens that have stopped looking for a job. A total of 5.59 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits under all programs in the week ending on Aug. 4, down 109,812 from the prior week.

There are about 3 million job openings in the United States. Companies are filling positions with a practice known as up-skilling, the practice of training current employees in skills needed to fill new positions. Let’s Talk Biz will report on the Huffington Post Initiative after the RNC and any employment and small business opportunities.

Listed are career opportunities with the companies that Let’s Talk Biz has recommended their products as Let’s Talk Biz Best Picks.

  1. Trello, (require log-in with email and password)
  2. Schedulicity,
  3. Evernote,
  4. MindManager,
  5. Square,