Meet the Speakers

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Plenary Speakers

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Robert Atkinson
President
Information Technology Innovation Foundation

 

@RobAtkinsonITIF

Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics. He is a valued adviser to policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy. Atkinson’s most recent book, Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business, was released April 2018. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

 

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JoAnn Kozyrev,

 

Vice President of Design and Development,

 Western Governors University @joannkozyrev 

At WGU, Joann Kozyrev is responsible for leading a team of curriculum specialists, instructional designers, assessments experts, and content creators. She directs the strategic alignment of instructional and assessment design best practices to ensure that every WGU student has an engaging learning experience.

Prior to joining WGU, Kozyrev was the Executive Director of Learning Innovation for the University of Texas System. While there, she worked to design high-impact programs and technologically enhanced learning experiences.

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Jonathan Munk
Global General Manager
Degreed

 

@jmunk

Jonathan Munk is the Global General Manager at Degreed, where he oversees the development and launch of new lines of business, including skills and certification. Degreed is an education technology company that is engaged in enabling and recognizing professional and lifelong learning and skills.He was previously the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Goal Zero and a Marketing Director at Skullcandy Headphones. Before joining Skullcandy, Mr. Munk ran marketing automation at a division of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ). He earned a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University.

 

Featured Speakers

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Sharon Leu

Senior Policy Advisor, 

Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education @thesharonleu

Sharon leads the Office of Educational Technology’s higher education innovation initiatives to increasing access, decreasing cost, and improving outcomes for postsecondary learners, including the launch of a Higher Ed Ecosystem Challenge and Federal open licensing policy efforts. Prior to joining OET, Sharon oversaw the design and implementation of the Department of Labor’s $2B Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, the largest federal investment in postsecondary innovation.

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Amrit Ahluwalia, 

Managing Editor, 

The EvoLLLution

 

@TheEvoLLLution

Amrit Ahluwalia is the Managing Editor of The EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focused on non-traditional higher education and the transforming postsecondary marketplace. The EvoLLLution publishes articles and interviews by some of the industry’s leading thinkers at every level from across the United States and around the world. Ahluwalia earned his BAH from Queen’s University and his MA from McMaster University. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

 
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Louis Soares

 Vice President, Strategy, Research & Advancement

 American Council on Education

 

@louissoares

Louis Soares leads ACE’s efforts in strategy, research and advancement. Soares joined ACE in June 2013 as vice president for policy research and strategy. With more than 20 years of experience in postsecondary education policy and practice, Soares is responsible for further positioning ACE as a thought leader on emerging trends in higher education. In 2016, the Council expanded Soares’ responsibilities to include organizational strategy with a focus on advancement.

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Ryan Davis, President and CEO, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

@ryd_96

Ryan Davis is the President and CEO of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. Prior to joining CSW, Ryan served as Dean of Business and Applied Technology at Everett Community College. He has served as Chair of the Washington Workforce Education Council, and Vice-Chair of Workforce Snohomish. Ryan is a Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

Panelists

  Nate Anderson, Jobs for the Future   Nate Anderson is a Senior Director at JFF, focusing on how improvement to career pathways design, implementation and policy can drive stronger academic and career outcomes for low-income and low-skilled adults. Mr. Anderson manages several bodies of work focused on credentialing, labor market information technologies, competency-based education and the future of work. In addition, he has extensive experience providing technical assistance to community colleges, state postsecondary systems, adult education providers and workforce organizations.

Nate Anderson, Jobs for the Future

Nate Anderson is a Senior Director at JFF, focusing on how improvement to career pathways design, implementation and policy can drive stronger academic and career outcomes for low-income and low-skilled adults. Mr. Anderson manages several bodies of work focused on credentialing, labor market information technologies, competency-based education and the future of work. In addition, he has extensive experience providing technical assistance to community colleges, state postsecondary systems, adult education providers and workforce organizations.

  Dawn Busick-Drinkard,    Missouri Community College Association    @wdprof   Dawn Busick-Drinkard serves as the Missouri Community College Association statewide grants director for three rounds of Missouri’s consortium TAACCCT Grants. Prior she has served in positions such as the Executive Director of Ozarks Technical Community College, Center for Workforce Development, and as the State of Missouri’s Public Workforce System Executive Director.

Dawn Busick-Drinkard,  Missouri Community College Association

@wdprof

Dawn Busick-Drinkard serves as the Missouri Community College Association statewide grants director for three rounds of Missouri’s consortium TAACCCT Grants. Prior she has served in positions such as the Executive Director of Ozarks Technical Community College, Center for Workforce Development, and as the State of Missouri’s Public Workforce System Executive Director.

  Kathleen deLaski, Education Design Lab   @kathdelaski   Kathleen founded the Education Design Lab after 20 years in higher ed and K-12 education reform. She has launched or co-launched four non-profits in the past two decades, all related to improving the quality of education for non-elite students. With the Lab, she saw the need for a non-profit to help learning institutions and other players design education toward the future of a fast changing world. The Lab has supported some 75 colleges and universities, as well as employers, high schools, foundations and government around the world.

Kathleen deLaski, Education Design Lab
@kathdelaski

Kathleen founded the Education Design Lab after 20 years in higher ed and K-12 education reform. She has launched or co-launched four non-profits in the past two decades, all related to improving the quality of education for non-elite students. With the Lab, she saw the need for a non-profit to help learning institutions and other players design education toward the future of a fast changing world. The Lab has supported some 75 colleges and universities, as well as employers, high schools, foundations and government around the world.

  John Dyer, American Association of Community Colleges    John Dyer serves as the director of workforce and economic development for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He is the former Director of Community and Corporate Affairs at White Mountains Community College, in Berlin, New Hampshire, where he was responsible for the workforce, economic, and community development efforts of the college. He has served on a variety of local, regional, state, and national boards with a focus on workforce and economic development.

John Dyer, American Association of Community Colleges

John Dyer serves as the director of workforce and economic development for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He is the former Director of Community and Corporate Affairs at White Mountains Community College, in Berlin, New Hampshire, where he was responsible for the workforce, economic, and community development efforts of the college. He has served on a variety of local, regional, state, and national boards with a focus on workforce and economic development.

  Dhanfu Elston, Complete College America   @DrElston   Dr. Dhanfu Elston (pronounced: dah-nee-foo) serves as Complete College America’s Vice President of Strategy where he utilizes his campus expertise for practical application, implementation, and scaling of CCA strategies at institutions throughout the nation. He provides oversight of Momentum Pathways, Purpose First career choice, 15 To Finish national campaign, and technology Seal of Approval. Dr. Elston earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University.

Dhanfu Elston, Complete College America
@DrElston

Dr. Dhanfu Elston (pronounced: dah-nee-foo) serves as Complete College America’s Vice President of Strategy where he utilizes his campus expertise for practical application, implementation, and scaling of CCA strategies at institutions throughout the nation. He provides oversight of Momentum Pathways, Purpose First career choice, 15 To Finish national campaign, and technology Seal of Approval. Dr. Elston earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University.

  Dr. Sheryl Grant, Community Success Institute   Sheryl L. Grant, PhD is director of research at the Community Success Institute. Formerly based at Duke University, Dr. Grant spent 9 years at HASTAC, which administered the Badges for Lifelong Learning competition with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Grant is a published author and international expert on open digital badges and trust frameworks in education.  

Dr. Sheryl Grant, Community Success Institute

Sheryl L. Grant, PhD is director of research at the Community Success Institute. Formerly based at Duke University, Dr. Grant spent 9 years at HASTAC, which administered the Badges for Lifelong Learning competition with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Grant is a published author and international expert on open digital badges and trust frameworks in education.
 

  Christopher Kent, Foresight Alliance   @cekent   Christopher Kent is a futurist, writer, researcher, and consultant with 20 years’ experience in global consumer and technology insights. As a founder and partner in futures consultancy Foresight Alliance, he has advised clients on work, education, emerging generational trends and their impact; future consumer technology usage trends; new media challenges in the 21st century; and emerging needs of tourists and travelers.  

Christopher Kent, Foresight Alliance
@cekent

Christopher Kent is a futurist, writer, researcher, and consultant with 20 years’ experience in global consumer and technology insights. As a founder and partner in futures consultancy Foresight Alliance, he has advised clients on work, education, emerging generational trends and their impact; future consumer technology usage trends; new media challenges in the 21st century; and emerging needs of tourists and travelers.
 

  Anna Lenhart, University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy   @AnnaCLenhart   As a recent graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Anna Lenhart studies the rise of automation and the future of work. She came to this subject after nine years working in both the nonprofit sector and as a technology consultant. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Shakti Rising, a women’s empowerment organization. In 2013, she founded the Next Generation of Service, an alternative career center for young people interested in Service Year opportunities (now a project of the Service Year Alliance).

Anna Lenhart, University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy
@AnnaCLenhart

As a recent graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Anna Lenhart studies the rise of automation and the future of work. She came to this subject after nine years working in both the nonprofit sector and as a technology consultant. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Shakti Rising, a women’s empowerment organization. In 2013, she founded the Next Generation of Service, an alternative career center for young people interested in Service Year opportunities (now a project of the Service Year Alliance).

  Marc Singer, Thomas Edison State University   @marcpsinger   Marc Singer is Vice Provost of the Center for the Assessment of Learning at Thomas Edison State University, responsible for Open Educational Resource and Competency-Based Education initiatives as well as prior learning assessment. Previously, Singer was Associate Director of Academic Initiatives at The College Board and a Test Developer and Program Administrator with ETS. Prior to that, he taught history and humanities at colleges in New Jersey and North Carolina. He is a late-stages doctoral candidate at Athabasca University.

Marc Singer, Thomas Edison State University
@marcpsinger

Marc Singer is Vice Provost of the Center for the Assessment of Learning at Thomas Edison State University, responsible for Open Educational Resource and Competency-Based Education initiatives as well as prior learning assessment. Previously, Singer was Associate Director of Academic Initiatives at The College Board and a Test Developer and Program Administrator with ETS. Prior to that, he taught history and humanities at colleges in New Jersey and North Carolina. He is a late-stages doctoral candidate at Athabasca University.

  Kyle Triege, Moonshot   @moonshotteched   Kyle is Co-Founder & CEO at Moonshot. Moonshot recruits and evaluates college students and recent graduates in positions and skills demanded by employers. Kyle is a three-time startup executive and recent graduate at the University of Wisconsin.

Kyle Triege, Moonshot
@moonshotteched

Kyle is Co-Founder & CEO at Moonshot. Moonshot recruits and evaluates college students and recent graduates in positions and skills demanded by employers. Kyle is a three-time startup executive and recent graduate at the University of Wisconsin.

  Daniel King, Accredible    Daniel King is the CEO/co-founder of Accredible, a digital credentialing platform. Accredible’s credentials have benefitted individuals and entities: by allowing individuals to share their achievements and prove their credibility; helping organizations get their students hired; and assisting employers to find the right person for the job. Accredible hosts credentials for MIT, Cambridge University, Kaplan University, Google, Rosetta Stone, Udacity, Hootsuite, IAPP, UC Berkeley, and hundreds more.    

Daniel King, Accredible

Daniel King is the CEO/co-founder of Accredible, a digital credentialing platform. Accredible’s credentials have benefitted individuals and entities: by allowing individuals to share their achievements and prove their credibility; helping organizations get their students hired; and assisting employers to find the right person for the job. Accredible hosts credentials for MIT, Cambridge University, Kaplan University, Google, Rosetta Stone, Udacity, Hootsuite, IAPP, UC Berkeley, and hundreds more.
 
 

  Dave Wilcox, Global Skills X-change   David Wilcox is CEO and co-founder in 2003 of Global Skills Exchange. Formerly a research engineer, Director at Mercom Inc, owner of Wilcox Training Systems, and Executive Deputy Director of the National Skills Standards Board. @cekentreceived a BSEE and MSEE from Syracuse U, holds a MS in Education from the U of Bridgeport and and pursued doctoral studies in Adult Ed at Rutgers. He has authored numerous articles and holds patents in electrophotographic technology. In 2017, he was recognized for lifetime achievement by Who’s Who in America.

Dave Wilcox, Global Skills X-change

David Wilcox is CEO and co-founder in 2003 of Global Skills Exchange. Formerly a research engineer, Director at Mercom Inc, owner of Wilcox Training Systems, and Executive Deputy Director of the National Skills Standards Board. @cekentreceived a BSEE and MSEE from Syracuse U, holds a MS in Education from the U of Bridgeport and and pursued doctoral studies in Adult Ed at Rutgers. He has authored numerous articles and holds patents in electrophotographic technology. In 2017, he was recognized for lifetime achievement by Who’s Who in America.