Houston has the skilled workers necessary for a wide range of industries from professional services to health care and advanced manufacturing to aerospace.
Houston consistently ranks among the nation's leaders when it comes to job growth. A strong economy with expanding businesses, numerous universities and technical schools and a relatively low cost of living that draws new residents combine to make this one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S.
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Between 2015 and 2040, the Texas-based economic forecasting firm the Perryman Group expects population growth averaging 1.6 percent annually in the Houston region. Over the same period, Perryman forecasts wage and salary employment to rise at a 1.7 percent annual rate.
The Houston region is home to more than 20 universities and colleges, including three Tier 1 universities. Houston-area colleges and universities educate nearly 220,000 students annually and graduated nearly 55,000 students.
In addition, another estimated 200,000 students are enrolled annually in local community and technical colleges. There is also a regional focus on developing tomorrow's workforce through educating young people on emerging industries and re-training mid-career professionals for high-demand careers. Houston has developed a strong bridge between the talent needs of various industries and the educational programs being offered through colleges, universities and technical programs.
For Houston to continue moving forward as a great global city, we must further the innovation ecosystem in order to attract tech and start-up companies. This council examines how the greater Houston region can attract high-tech companies and talent and develop physical and financial infrastructure needed to foster a thriving innovative community. Registration for this Council will open three weeks prior to the event date. Speakers and topics to be announced. Councils are designed for members to expand their personal and professional networks and gather information on trending regional topics. These meetings are complimentary for all member company employees.
The Greater Houston Partnership proudly presents the Houston DiverseCity Summit, an inspiring one-day convening to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. This gathering of leading professionals will focus on DEI as a business imperative and practical ways businesses can advance progress, improve outcomes, and move from intention to impact. Join the Houston region's business leaders and Talent and DEI executives who will share actionable insights to help you meet business outcomes and stakeholder expectations. The Summit offers both breakout discussions and keynote speaker content for companies and organizations of all sizes with a focus on successful practices, peer connection, and first-rate resources to help you mature your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies. Concurrent Breakout session topics include: The Evolution and Future of ERGs Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are evolving and have a dual mandate to address complex human capital needs and align with business goals. Join us to discuss the heightened importance of employee networks in advancing inclusion now and in the future. How will ERGs deliver on employee needs, provide a return on investment, and retain business relevance and results? Connecting DEI and ESG: Why Inaction is Not an Option Customers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders expect companies to behave ethically and responsibly. What is the connection between environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and what is the risk of inaction? Join us to learn how a strong DEI strategy that includes inclusive growth, human capital management, and supplier diversity supports both ESG commitments and a company’s strategic direction. Rethinking Talent Retention and Advancement for Underrepresented Groups Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will share their latest insights and offer a fresh perspective on strategies to acquire, retain, and advance BIPOC and other underrepresented groups. BCG will also share the key drivers that influence workplace needs and challenge your organization to rethink support and interventions. A Blueprint for Belonging: How Can We Create Inclusive Culture? In an unpredictable and highly competitive environment, human capital leaders recognize that attracting and retaining the best talent requires concerted action. This robust discussion will highlight both individual and organizational strategies and inspire new ideas about where companies should take bolder action to create inclusive culture, develop inclusive leadership skills, and promote inclusive behavior. Measuring DEI Progress and Sustaining Momentum This session focuses on the need to adopt systematic approaches to DEI. How do leading companies build trust and use accountability, transparency, and DEI analytics to make informed decisions on workforce planning, operating models, business unit goals, and much more? This panel will help you dive deeper into ways to assess the impact of DEI on organizational performance. Over the course of the Summit, we will explore topics including strategic focus, trust and transparency, aligning ERGs to business priorities, inclusive talent recruitment, advancement, and retention, supplier diversity, and much more. Speakers Include: Ruth Simmons, President, Prairie View A&M University Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell USA, Inc. Derek R. Avery, Ph.D., C.T. Bauer Chair of Inclusive Leadership, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston Shea Bible, Director, Corporate Engagement,Catalyst Mary Miranda, US West DE&I Leader and HR Enablement Leader, EY Marty Rogers, Market Unit Lead - South Region, Accenture Shibu Varghese, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, MD Anderson Boston Consulting Group Sponsorship opportunities are now available for companies interested in supporting the event. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are now available.
Join the Greater Houston Partnership at the fourth annual State of Education on Tuesday, November 29th featuring Renu Khator, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston as the keynote speaker. Khator will highlight the following topics: How the University of Houston is working to drive innovative education solutions that are critical to our region's workforce including the UH College of Medicine The state of higher education Education today and what it will look like in the future The State of Education demonstrates the Partnership's efforts to advance high quality education and advance opportunity for all. Through this event, attendees will hear how a strong education system contributes to the long-term success of our young people, increases equity, and is intrinsically tied to Houston’s ability to remain competitive with a talented workforce.