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JVS convenes regular Economic Opportunity Forums, inviting presenters to discuss key topics related to economic opportunity in Greater Boston and the field of workforce development in general. Since 2015, JVS has held an in-person forum in spring and another in the fall, at the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity located at 75 Federal Street in Boston’s Financial District. In 2020 JVS began holding forums virtually as webinars, making it possible for anyone to participate from any location. Check out our upcoming and previous events below, or join our mailing list to be notified as new events are scheduled. 

Previous Forums & Webinars:

Pay for Success: Working Towards Economic Advancement | A JVS Economic Opportunity Forum (11/18/20)

Newly released gold-standard evaluation documents significant employment and wage gains for immigrant workers.

Early results from an on-going randomized control trial show that the English for Advancement project succeeds in helping English-language learners get jobs, increase their wages, and retain employment over two years compared to a control group. Results will be shared by Mark Elliott of Economic Mobility Corporation and discussed by a distinguished panel including MA Education Secretary Jim Peyser, Tracy Palandjian of Social Finance, and moderated by Jerry Rubin of JVS. Also featuring recorded interviews with students, instructors, coaches, and partners.

The Digital Divide: Providing Practical Solutions for Workforce Development (06/25/20)


As COVID-19 shut down in-person services, many of us transitioned to working from home and delivering services online. But this crisis has brought into stark relief the nation’s digital divide, the unequal distribution of digital access by income and by race. Join us for a panel discussion sharing practical solutions for remote learning and service delivery.

JVS Boston will share lessons learned from their rapid transition to remote service delivery, including choosing the right technology, redesigning group and individual service delivery, and addressing client technology needs.

Workforce Development in the Time of COVID-19 | A JVS Economic Opportunity Forum (05/14/20)

Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta and JVS Boston President & CEO Jerry Rubin discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the workforce in Boston, both during the crisis and as we look to restarting the economy. JVS VP of Employer Engagement Mandy Townsend also shared how JVS’s new Talent Match Portal is changing the way our clients access both critical services and job opportunities.