“In the Know,” Mayer Brown’s exclusive forum for professional women, hosted its annual speed-networking lunch on July 30.

In line with the times, guest speaker Shannon Block, a Denver, Colorado-based CEO and entrepreneur, offered an insightful discussion on “Digital Divides and Opportunities in the COVID-19 World.” Did you know that 70 percent of the US workforce does not have a four-year college degree? But that the majority of job roles—from network administrator to production supervisor and claims adjuster—require college experience as a basic requirement? Against this, the need to reskill the workforce—in particular, with digital literary skills—is a pressing one.

Over 20 clients joined Shannon and Hong Kong IP partner Gabriela Kennedy for the digital speed-networking event, hosted via Zoom. Guests discussed these big questions and shared how their own organizations are playing their part. The event was well-received, with one guest commenting, “There are no easy answers, but I’m glad someone is asking the questions.

We are all facing the challenges of transformation at the moment, and In the Know is pleased to be responding with creativity, adaptability and vision.

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