About BHEF

Update regarding BHEF operations during the COVID-19 pandemic: BHEF’s work continues to progress, and we are leveraging technology to maintain momentum on the multiple project sites across the country and look forward to providing the actionable market intelligence our members expect. BHEF staff continues to support members’ digital upskilling efforts, creating talent ecosystems, and bringing member voices to the conversation. If you have questions or need to get in touch, please email us

The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce. BHEF members collaborate and form strategic partnerships to build new undergraduate pathways; improve alignment between higher education and the workforce; and produce a diverse, highly skilled talent pool to meet demand in emerging fields.

Who are BHEF's members?

BHEF’s CEOs, college and university presidents, and federal agency directors collaborate to form strategic partnerships to develop highly skilled, engaged professionals. BHEF members develop regional talent pathways, creating undergraduate programs that produce a diverse pool of enabled, workforce-ready graduates for today’s high-skill jobs.

Find a full membership list here.

We help our members:

We do this through:

  • Meetings and leadership engagements, where members network, gain timely insights, and access exclusive opportunities
  • Expert-led working groups, where members’ staff learn from BHEF how to assess, map, and develop solutions to skills challenges in cutting-edge fields
  • Trend analysis, which informs our methodology to assess and map skills needs, align higher education with workforce needs, and position our members and their organizations for success

What sets us apart?

  • Our members. BHEF is the only organization that brings together CEOs and presidents of the nation’s leading colleges and universities to address high-skill workforce needs. Our members’ shared interests create smart and strategic action.
  • Our offerings. BHEF members enjoy exclusive access to data, fresh perspectives, and expertise that help our business members address talent needs and our academic members provide real-world pathways to high-skill careers.
  • Our approach. BHEF’s size allows us to provide our members with individual attention respectful of demanding schedules. Our engagement model enables BHEF to touch multiple levels of an organization.
  • Our success. BHEF helps our members and their organizations thrive. We facilitate connections that would not happen otherwise and provide our members insights, expertise, and partnership opportunities to create talent solutions uniquely tailored to their sectors.