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Turning a worker shortage into a globally fluent workforce

Worker shortages and racial gaps in education threaten our economic future.

We can solve both, and surge forward, by valuing and building a culturally fluent workforce. Civil servant, businessperson, activist, writer, and Minnesota Twitter poet R.T. Rybak is the author of Pothole Confidential, a book about his 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis — yet his legacy is just beginning.

He now leads one of the region’s most prominent philanthropies as President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. With his understanding of this city and its people, Rybak is hoping to unlock the power we all bring to the table.

Knowing that we, the people, are the greatest asset, Rybak illustrates how our current environment is the ideal time for incredible progress, including closing the achievement gap in education, reducing disparities across the board, and moving Minneapolis forward.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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