Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

Yesterday, Microsoft had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Bill Reese, president and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help young people prepare to be healthy, productive and engaged citizens.

During his interview, Bill spoke about the role education plays in helping to improve the lives of youth all around the world as well as the Opportunity for Action report, which focuses on barriers to opportunity for global youth.

In just a few hours, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic, will host a digital town hall discussion with influential thought leaders on what we can do to ensure that today’s generation has the tools and resources needed to succeed in a 21st century economy.

Top policymakers, academics and business leaders will share their thoughts on how we can provide students with the skills they need to keep America competitive and improve economic opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce. Moderated by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff, participants include:

· Secretary Arne Duncan, United States Department of Education

· Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

· Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Microsoft

· Michael Greenstone, Director, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution

· Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

· Robert Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University

· Amy Rosen, President & CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Watch the live Webcast here and participate in the conversation on Twitter using the town hall’s official hashtag, #FutureEd.