Opening Up the Learning-Earning Ecosystem

July 28 - 29

Noon - 3 PM EST


Day One


Welcome and Introduction


OSN and Skills Today


Keynote Address

The Honorable Gina Raimondo, United States Secretary of Commerce


A Changing Workforce: From the Local to International Level

Panel Discussion Featuring-

  • Lesley Hirsch, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

  • Kristi Means, Head of Global Talent, Ralph Lauren

  • Marni Baker-Stein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Western Governors University

Session 1 – Choose One Panel Discussion


OSN Orientation

Where to start and what to expect as a new OSN member.

  • Kacey Thorne, Director, Program Architecture, Western Governors University


Job Evolution and Portability: Upskilling, Outskilling, and Reskilling

To train, retrain, or completely reimagine, that is the workforce question.

  • Duncan Cox, Vice President, Business Development, Learning Economy Foundation

  • Jayson Margalus, Faculty Director of Maker Innovation, DePaul University

  • Terry Steinbach, Associate Dean, College of Computing, DePaul University

  • Maura Devlin, Associate Vice President & Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Bay Path University

  • Michael Jay, CEO, MatchMaker Education Labs

  • Jennifer Malerich, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic & Global Engagement, Arizona State University


Universal Competencies: Empowering Workforce Development Across Industry

What is the core framework for the skilled workforce of tomorrow?

  • Colin Reynolds, Vice President of Learning, Learning Economy Foundation

  • Charmaine Farber, Director, Learning Futures Initiative, Learning Futures Collaboratory

  • Heather Hasley, Learning Futures Architect & Co-Executive Director, Learning Futures Collaboratory

  • Dan Munnerley, Learning Futures Architect & Co-Executive Director, Learning Futures Collaboratory

  • Naomi Boyer, Director of Credentialing Products, Education Design Labs

  • Valerie Thomas, Lead, Talent Mobility Strategy/Digital Change, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat


Learner Agency: Rich Skill Descriptors as Tools for Individual Empowerment

Have skills, will travel. How shared and verified code will be the key to a better future.

  • Taylor Kendal, Chief Program Officer, Learning Economy Foundation

  • Joshua Marks, Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group

  • Melissa Clark, Skills Architect, Western Governors University

  • Mark Fogelson, Senior Instructional Designer, College of Health Sciences, Arizona State University

  • CR Macchi, Integrated Behavioral Health, Associate Chair of Internship Programs, Arizona State University

  • Rupert Ward, Associate Dean, University of Huddersfield, Professor of Learning Innovation, Director of Strategic Partnerships, International Council on Badges and Credentials

Session 2 – Choose One Panel Discussion


The Open Skills Management Tool (OSMT) Demo

From sepia to technicolor, learn how OSMT will be a tool for tomorrow.  This demonstration will help you understand the tool’s features and capabilities. Explore the possibilities.

  • Allison Blackwell, Product Manager, Western Governors University


Policy Implications for Equitable Skills

Changing systems and changing disparities in skill acquisition and activation to create a better future for all.

  • Sharon Leu, Executive in Residence, JFFLabs

  • Amanda Winters, Program Director, Post-Secondary Education, National Governors Association

  • Kevin Richards, Vice President, Head of U.S. Government Relations, SAP

  • Kristina Gunnarsdottir, Fellow, Office of Ed Tech, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education


Technical Solutions for a Skills-based Future

How badging and credentialing will shape and define the language of hiring.

  • Jeanne Kitchens, Chief Technology Services Officer, Credential Engine

  • Robby Robson, CEO, Eduworks

  • Reyhan Jhaver, Senior Director Product Strategy, Workday

  • Gwen Britton, Vice President of Product Strategy, Southern New Hampshire University

  • Deb Everhart, Chief Strategy Officer, Credential Engine

  • Kerri Lemoie, Director, Digital Credentials Research & Innovation, Concentric Sky


Advocating for the Skills-Based Learning-Earning Ecosystem

How to activate and enact change in your community.

  • Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition

  • Meena Naik, Program Director, University of North Texas

  • Ryan Zerzakos, Senior Hybrid Sales Rep, LinkedIn


Closing Remarks for Day One




Day Two


Welcome and Overview


Activating Employers in a Skills-Based Marketplace
Panel Discussion Featuring-

  • Andrew Tein, Vice President, Bridge Education, Wiley

  • Jason Tyszko, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Sean Murphy, Senior Manager, Grant Portfolios - Walmart Foundation

  • Debbie Hughes, Interim Director, Rework America, Markle Foundation


Open Dialogue on the Next Steps of the Movement
Moderators for Breakout Sessions Include - 

  • Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

  • Jasen Jones, Director of Workforce Strategies and National Partnerships, Work Ready Communities, ACT

  • Naomi Boyer, Director of Credentialing Products, Education Design Labs

  • Rupert Ward, Associate Dean, University of Huddersfield, Professor of Learning Innovation, Director of Strategic Partnerships, International Council on Badges and Credentials

  • Michael Jay, CEO, MatchMaker Education Labs

In these structured breakout sessions, you will have the chance to engage in thoughtful, provocative, and creative discussions on the work ahead.
Bring your questions, your notes, your thoughts, and your passion because we are going to get our hands dirty as we discuss the opportunities, challenges, and potential next steps from a grassroots perspective.
We’ll provide the structure of the conversation, but we need you to bring the fire.

Plenary Report Out
Breakout Groups will Highlight Their Discussions


Concluding Remarks: The Future of OSN - A Vision of the Road Ahead