By MMAC Chair Jonas Prising - Chairman &CEO of ManpowerGroup
History tells us that each time we’ve experienced an industrial revolution, an education revolution needs to follow to provide a more skilled workforce that can take advantage of the new jobs created. We believe the same kind of skills revolution needs to take place now, to bridge the gap between those who have the necessary skills and those who do not, so that everyone can fulfill their potential and thrive in the future of work. And we need to have this happen here in our community, too.
A bright future for work and workers
To the ancient Romans and Greeks, the word “talent” described a unit of currency. Today, talent is very much the currency of economic growth. And skills are the passport to employability. Regions that raise the value of their currency will separate themselves as places to invest capital, create jobs and grow prosperity.
I believe deeply that we have a responsibility to serve the communities in which we do business. ManpowerGroup was established here on Old World Third Street 71 years ago. Today we serve 400,000 clients and find work for more than 2 million people annually in 80 countries. We think globally, but we engage locally, and we are proud to call Milwaukee home.
We need to execute a cohesive and collaborative talent strategy if we are to win as a regional economy. The future for work and the future for workers is bright, and I'm excited about what we can all achieve together for the businesses and communities of Milwaukee. And I'm proud that this is the mission at the heart of our work at MMAC.