The 4th Industrial Revolution Is Here, Is Your Team Prepared? With Dr. Kevin Snider

Dr. Kevin Snider is working with partners in industry, local government, associations, and school districts to develop skills and the innovative entrepreneurial mindset students and communities will need to thrive in the next industrial age.

Dr. Snider is responsible for the New Kensington campus, which is one of 19 campuses in the Penn State system. In addition to on-campus accomplishments, he has been very involved in innovation and community engagement. Over the past 12 years, he led and helped create a regional association of five local municipalities to work on collaborative economic development (WEDIG), worked with superintendents to develop a collaborative and integrated STEM program across grades and 13 school districts (ABC/Create), built an Entrepreneurial Center and Co-working space in New Kensington to revitalize rust belt towns through innovation and creativity. New Kensington is a learning living laboratory that helps the rust belt ride the wave of the next industrial revolution and revitalize the region!

Today I talk with Dr. Snider about that understanding and learning about the innovative mindset, in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and why it is so important.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • The new industrial age is already changing jobs, career paths, and working environments:
    • Graduates will have to possess additional knowledge bases and skillsets to succeed in the future.
  • Citing the World Economic Forum’s “disruption index,” technology will continue to change workforce development and jobs overall.
  • There is a need across disciplines for people who can analyze big data sets, but they also have to know about how artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet of things are connected and part of a larger system.
  • Leaders need to prepare employees and the organization for a world that most people don’t know exists yet.

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