, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute, Physician-in-Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, and President of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation
Dany Bahar, Brookings Institution and Harvard University Fellow
Jeff Duerk, Dean of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Jacob Duritsky, Vice President, Strategy & Research, Team NEO
Tracey Nichols, Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, Jeff Durek, Jacob Duritsky and Dany Bahar
Tracey Nichols of PMC (Project Management Consultants) served as moderator.
She began by introducing Jacob Duritsky, VP Strategy & Research at Team NEO. Jacob gave an overview of Team NEO and a snapshot of the current demographic, jobs, international students and employment situation in Northeast Ohio.
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Tracey Nichols then introduced the members of the panel titled International talent as a Regional Economic Driver.
Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte gave his opening remarks.
Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte
Jeff Durek, Dean of Engineering, CWRU spoke about international talent at CWRU in his opening introduction.
Do immigrants take jobs from Americans? That was the next question for the panel. Dr. Piedimonte spoke of the shortage of physicians in the US.
Jeff Durek, Dean of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, spoke about the Sears think[box] which is center for innovation and entrepreneurship providing a space for anyone - students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community - to tinker and creatively invent. Located in a 7-story, 50,000 square foot facility, with 4 floors occupied and more under renovation, this project is the largest open-access innovation center at any university in the world. Dean Durek called it the "Great equalizer."
The panel was asked about the economic impact of immigrants and panelists Dany Bahar, Brookings Institution and Harvard University Fellow and Jacob Duritsky, VP Strategy & Research at Team NEO responded.
A question was asked about the challenges of English as a Second Language and panelists Dany Bahar and Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute, responded. Dr. Piedimonte said that about 1/3rd of the physicians at Cleveland Clinic were born outside the US.
A question was asked about competition for international talent among regions in the US. Panelist Jacob Duritsky responded.
Another question was asked about educated foreigners and how to tap into the skills of permanent residents.
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