Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

Yesterday, Microsoft, in partnership with The Atlantic, held a digital town hall at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The town hall focused on jobs and how to educate the next generation to compete in the 21st century economy.

During the town hall, AtlanticLIVE Editor-in-Chief Steve Clemons moderated a panel on re-thinking higher education in America. He also took a few minutes to discuss the town hall and the challenges facing young people today as they enter the work force over the next several years.

The event, which coincided with the release of a Microsoft-commissioned report from the International Youth Foundation, was moderated by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff.

Other town hall speakers included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.); Bill Reese, president and CEO of the International Youth Foundation; Kaya Henderson, chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools; Michael Greenstone, director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution; Robert Mendenhall, president of Western Governors University; and Amy Rosen, president and CEO of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

If you weren’t able to watch the town hall live, you can see the archived webcast here. For more on this story, check out the Corporate Citizenship newsroom on the Microsoft News Center.

Also, be sure to watch short interviews with Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president of Legal & Corporate Affairs and Bill Reese, president and CEO of the International Youth Foundation.