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Session 1: Speakers

Dixie Sommers is Assistant Commissioner for Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. She is responsible for the Occupational Employment Statistics and Employment Projections programs, providing information on employment and wages by occupation for the Nation, States and areas, and national projections for the labor force, industries, and occupations. The results are widely used by businesses, educators, workforce development program policy makers and service providers, and adults and youth who are exploring career choices.

Ms. Sommers served as labor market information director and deputy administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, and as senior research associate at Ohio State University's Center for Human Resource Research. Ms. Sommers chaired the Advisory Panel on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, resulting in recommendations that led to the establishment of O*NET. She has conducted international projects in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and Egypt. Ms. Sommers holds a degree in economics from Oberlin College and master in labor and human resources from Ohio State University. On weekends and vacations, she likes birding and photography, in combination where possible.

Tristan Klein is an economist at the Centre for Strategic Analysis (CAS) a governmental think tank which is part of the French Prime Minister's Office. He is the project manager of the PMQ project (prospective des metiers et des qualifications), a forecasting exercise of occupations and skills made by economists and statisticians from public administrations (CAS and Ministry of Employment essentially). After a PhD on youth transitions and wages in France (University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne), he made several evaluations of active labour market policies in the Ministry of Employment, Office of Statistics and Research (Dares). He published some article on these issues in French academic reviews. Then he occupied different jobs on strategic analysis and public policy evaluation in the Ministry of Employment and in the Prime Minister's Office.