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About Us

BHEF is the leader in identifying emerging high-value skills and sourcing credentialed talent for competitive advantage.


BHEF is a 40-year-old nonprofit membership organization that connects higher education institutions to business talent demand. Corporate CEOs and university presidents join BHEF to anticipate skills needs and improve pathways between higher education and the workforce.

BHEF builds better skills to drive competitiveness, productivity, and high-value university credentials.

  • The organization has fostered dozens of business-higher education partnerships and created over 100 credentials.
    View our case studies and publications.
  • The partnerships succeeded with BHEF’s defined methodology for partnership creation: the partnership implementation process, the strategic engagement model, and a theory of action to increase STEM student persistence, transfer, and completion.
    View our playbook for creating purposeful partnerships.
  • These partnerships create better skills for better performance, increasing the pathways for diverse talent to in-demand jobs.
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Our work

BHEF builds better skills through:

  • Identifying high-value emerging skills
  • Developing pathways that quickly source high-value talent
  • Leading action-oriented forums and partnership 
Learn more about our work
Laura Ipsen

What I think is so powerful about BHEF is that we bring the power of higher education and business together for a common goal: to shape the future workforce for all of us.

Laura Ipsen

President & CEO, Ellucian, Inc.

Brian Napack

BHEF’s mission is the challenge of our time. We have to close the gap—the economic gap, the skill gap, and the opportunity gap—but we can only do it together. BHEF sits at the crossroads of the challenge.

Brian Napack

President & CEO, Wiley

Eduardo Padrón

With the support of BHEF and collaboration with NextEra we were able to develop the first baccalaureate in data analytics in Florida.

Eduardo Padrón

President Emeritus, Miami Dade College

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Corporate CEOs and university presidents join BHEF to anticipate skills needs and improve pathways between higher education and workforce.

See our membership list


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BHEF’s efforts have attracted the attention of key national funders, whose support has tremendous impact on maximizing our work. 

View our supporters
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Recent Events

BHEF Summer 2022 Member Meeting

June 23-24, 2022

BHEF’s members have built better skills in the data science and analytics and cybersecurity fields by developing leading-edge credentials and pathways to high-skill employment. But what are the next skills frontiers that higher education will need to address?

See the event's agenda.