Upwork and Economic Innovation Group to co-host a series of remote work events exploring post-COVID trends


SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Upwork Inc. (Nasdaq: UPWK), the global labor market and the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) announced today that they will co-host a three-part virtual event series exploring the long-term economic, political and geographic impacts of remote working. The series, entitled “Rise of Remote: Exploring Post-COVID Remote Work Trends”, Will begin on June 16, 2021.

“The pandemic is the most compelling event the US workforce has seen in decades, accelerating the adoption of remote working and the potential for a more widely distributed economy,” said John Lettieri, president. and CEO of EIG. “This timely series will explore how emerging labor market trends may reshape the economy and redefine economic development in the years to come.”

“Communities across the United States are on the brink of meaningful change that can only happen with public policies focused on supporting a transformation of how, when and where people are working, ”says Michael McGeary, Upwork’s Global Public Policy Officer. “The communities most effective in harnessing the power of remote and independent working will be those that enact policies that smooth the transition for businesses, workers and the US economy. ”

The lecture series will bring together thought leaders, journalists and subject matter experts to highlight innovative research and data-driven policy solutions to explore the power of remote working.

Scheduled event

  • Session 1: Is the rise of remoteness reshaping America’s economic geography?‘- June 16, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
    • Fireside Conversation: Richard Florida, University Professor, School of Cities, University of Toronto and Rotman School of Management, in Conversation with John Lettieri, President and CEO, EIG

    • Arpit Gupta, Assistant Professor, New York University, Stern School of Business

    • Matthew E. Kahn, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University and Director of the 21st Century Cities Initiative at JHU

    • Adam Ozimek, Chief Economist, Upwork

    • Julia Pollak, Labor Economist, ZipRecruiter

    • Moderator: Rani Molla, Senior Data Reporter, Recode

  • Session 2:Revitalizing the Heartland: Public Policy Planning for the Rise of Remote Areas‘- June 30, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
    • Michael McGeary, Public Policy Officer, Upwork

    • Laurel Farrer, Founder and CEO, Distribute Consulting

    • Kathryn de Wit, Project Director, Broadband Access Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

    • Ben Stewart, Executive Director, Tulsa Remote

    • Moderator: Kim Hart, National Technology Correspondent, Axios

  • Session 3: “Distribute for dynamism: harnessing remote work to stimulate entrepreneurship and the economy‘- July 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
    • Christopher T. Stanton, Marvin Bower Associate Professor of Commerce, Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, Harvard Business School

    • Joe Golden, Co-Founder and Former CEO, Collage.com

    • Gretta Corporaal, British Academy researcher and postdoctoral fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

    • Moderator: Adam Ozimek, Chief Economist, Upwork

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About Upwork

Upwork is the global job market that connects companies with independent talent. We serve everyone from one-person startups to 30% of the Fortune 100 with a powerful, trust-based platform that empowers businesses and freelancers to work together in new ways that unleash their potential. Our talent community earned over $ 2.3 billion on Upwork in 2020 across over 10,000 skills including website and app development, creative and design, customer support, finance and accounting, consulting and operations. Learn more about www.upwork.com and join us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About the Economic Innovation Group (GIE)

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is a think tank and advocacy organization whose mission is to deliver solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more vibrant US economy. Based in Washington, DC and led by an experienced bipartisan team, EIG brings together leading experts from the public and private sectors, develops original policy research, and works to advance creative legislative proposals that will bring new jobs, investment, and a economic growth to communities across the country. For more information, visit eig.org.


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