In the Workplace with Peter Cappelli and Dan O'Meara


The Collegiate Cover

Season 2019, Ep. 46
Irwin S. Kirsch is the Director of the Center for Global Assessment at Educational Testing Service. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Measurement, Reading/Literacy from the University of Delaware in 1982. Since joining ETS in 1984, he has directed a number of large-scale assessments in the area of literacy including the National Adult Literacy Survey, and the NAEP Young Adult Literacy Survey. He was also a key person in establishing the International Adult Literacy Surveys and has directed them for ETS since 1993. In 1987, he received the ETS Research Scientist Award for his work in the area of literacy and was named as an ETS Distinguished Presidential Appointee in 1999. Kirsch currently manages several large-scale surveys including the Adult Education Program Study with the U.S. Department of Education and the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Program with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Kirsch also chairs the Reading Expert Group for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and has been involved with several efforts aimed at defining and measuring information and communication technology (ICT) skills. In this area, he has directed an international panel for ETS that defined ICT literacy, has designed and conducted a feasibility study on ICT literacy for the OECD, and participates on an OECD advisory panel aimed at establishing a new survey of adult skills for the 21st century.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Season 2019, Ep. 41
Rae Vann is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) (formerly the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC)). As General Counsel, Rae manages six substantive program teams, which are responsible for delivering practical guidance and content to member companies in the areas of Contract Compliance, Fair Employment Practices, Wage and Hour, State Standards, Immigration, and Labor Relations. She also oversees the preparation and filing of friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals in significant employment law cases, and personally has authored dozens of briefs on behalf of CWC.Rae has more than 20 years of experience in assisting employers with their workplace compliance needs, and was one of 16 national experts selected to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.Rae serves as managing partner of NT Lakis, LLP, the Washington, D.C.–based law firm whose lawyers and non-lawyer professionals staff CWC, and as Director of Investigative Services for Employment Advisory Services, Inc. (EASI), the firm’s affiliated consulting practice.Rae received her B.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Connecticut, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeals.Learn More about the Center for Workplace Compliance here.

Pay Equity Auditing

Season 2019, Ep. 39
Liz Washko is a Shareholder in the Nashville office and the co-chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Pay Equity Practice Group. Ms. Washko represents management in a wide variety of employment matters, at the agency level and in litigation. Ms. Washko has particular experience defending employers in FLSA collective actions, in pay discrimination cases (individual plaintiff and class/collective actions) and conducting proactive pay audits and pay equity analyses. Ms. Washko has served as lead counsel in jury trials in state and federal courts. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Washko conducts training on employment issues, drafts and reviews employment policies and agreements, and conducts harassment and other types of investigations for employers. Ms.Washko is a frequent speaker and writer on topics relating to all types of employment issues and works with clients on preventive strategies to avoid discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims. Ms. Washko has been practicing law since graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 1993. She joined Ogletree Deakins in 2000 and was elected to shareholder status in 2003. While Ms. Washko represents employers of all sizes and in all industries, she has particular expertise representing clients in the restaurant, retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Ms. Washko is a member of the American Health Lawyers’ Association and is the Chair of the Labor and Employment practice group of the AHLA. Ms. Washko also is a member of the Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section. She is a regular contributing editor to the ABA’s FLSA Treatise and annual supplements and the FMLA annual supplements.