Thought Leader, Researcher and Author focused on Generational Trends
A McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected expert on collaboration and innovation, the changing workforce, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. Tammy has three-times been named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. She has written a trilogy of books on how individuals in specific generations can excel in today’s workplace: Retire Retirement, What’s Next, Gen X? and Plugged In, and is working on a fourth book for the generation under 17 today- tomorrow’s college students.
Marni Baker Stein
Chief Innovation Officer, UT System
The University of Texas System is pioneering an innovative blend of online learning, CBE and live classrooms, starting with a BS in Biomedical Sciences and plans for ten more degrees using this model across the seven-campus system. Marni is an authority on online program and curricular development, delivery and assessment; next generation strategic enrollment and student lifecycle management infrastructure implementation; and student-centered, outcomes-focused, competency-based instructional design.
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
In February, Christine announced that she was taking a leave of absence from MIT to establish a brand new nonprofit research university. Christine’s vision is a residential institution defined by next-generation pedagogic best practice, citing problem-based learning and flipped classrooms. There will be no lectures, and programs will be interdisciplinary. As a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, Christine’s research has focused on the nano- to macroscale design of biological and bio-inspired materials – a highly interdisciplinary subject that spans basic to applied research.
President, Connecticut College
From the first year of her presidency, Katherine has supported the development of the curriculum at Connecticut College through a bold new venture in integrative education. The resulting vision, called Connections, requires all students to make deeper linkages between the work they do in courses, in jobs, and in their lives both on campus and in the world, in order to prepare them for leadership in an era of change: liberal arts for the connected world.
Before coming to Connecticut College, Bergeron was dean of the college at Brown University. She has held academic appointments at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tufts University, University of California at Berkeley, and Brown. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Bergeron earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University, and is the author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books, including two prize-winning monographs on French music and culture.
Bergeron enjoys singing and has performed on campus with students and with her husband Joseph Butch Rovan, a composer and multimedia artist who chairs the music department at Brown.
She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Liberal Education,” the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, as well as on the board of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and on the executive committee of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.
Julian L. Alssid
Chief Workforce Strategist, College for America
Julian is Chief Workforce Strategist at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University (CfA) where he is responsible for ensuring that CfA’s offerings have labor market relevance. Julian also oversees CfA’s Signature Initiatives—partnerships with large intermediaries and employers that expand the scope and scale of CfA as a competency-based solution for higher education.
Julian is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has over 25 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent. Prior to joining College for America, Julian founded and directed Workforce Strategy Center where he advised over 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing talent development strategies.
Julian has authored major studies on workforce strategy including: Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey, Building a Career Pathways System: Promising Practices in Community College-Centered Workforce Development, and Building Bridges to College and Careers: Contextualized Basic Skills Programs at Community Colleges. His views on engaging employers, online education, and addressing the skills gap have received extensive attention in national and local media, and I speak and write regularly on the need for policy and educational reform in the field. He is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post.
Scott D. Pulsipher
President, Western Governors University
Scott has served as President of nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU), the nation’s first and largest competency-based university, since April 2016, leading all academic, operational, and organizational functions. Pulsipher blends a personal drive for making a difference in the lives of individuals and families through education and a passion for technology-powered innovation. At WGU, he is driving continuous innovation to improve student outcomes by focusing on rapidly advancing curriculum quality, new faculty models, data-driven learning, and a different cost model. Prior to WGU, Pulsipher had more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology-based, customer-focused businesses, including Amazon, Sterling Commerce (now part of IBM), and two successful startups that traverse retail, supply chain, banking, payments, and manufacturing sectors. Pulsipher holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Harvard University.