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Thank you for joining us at the
2021 Skills Summit

Skill development, credentialing, and skills-based hiring are more important than ever.  Connect with thought leaders, researchers, and educators, while learning the latest tools at this innovative event.

2021 Skills Summit 

 

Opening Up the Learning-Earning Ecosystem 

 

July 28 – 29, 2021 

 

12 – 3 PM EST

Forty-six percent of current workers feel they must learn new skills this year to keep their current job. Forty-three percent expect their financial security to be in jeopardy if they do not retrain or reskill.*

 

Skill development, credentialing, and skills-based hiring are more important than ever. 

 

Thought leaders, researchers, educators, and more will come together for intensive discussion and thought-provoking dialogue on Opening Up the Learning-Earning Ecosystem, and what that means for your leadership, community, and students. Participants will hear from leaders and drivers of change and be able to engage with panels of experts as well as participate in open discussions on the latest developments within skills-based learning and hiring. Conference attendees will also benefit from learning cutting edge tools and hearing from ongoing pilot projects across
the United States.  

 

The Open Skills Network is the foundation for the future of worker development. An unprecedented coalition of hundreds of stakeholders in education, business, and government all collaborating to create a new shared language around skills. 

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the conversation that will
shape tomorrow. 

 

The future is defined by skills, be a part of that definition. 

 

*Prudential, Pulse of the American Worker Survey, 2021  
https://news.prudential.com/prudential/research-and-perspectives/american-workers-survey/

Agenda

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

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

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