BHEF 2023 Winter Member Meeting

Working Together to Build the Future-Proof Workforce

Thursday, February 9, 2023

10:00 a.m.
Registration Opens

11:00 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks: Implementing the BHEF Call to Action
During welcoming remarks, speakers will provide an overview of the “How Skills are Disrupting Work” report and announce BHEF’s Call to Action.

  • Brian Napack, BHEF chair; CEO, Wiley
  • Matt Sigelman, president, Burning Glass Institute

Keynote Luncheon:  What could a new “grand bargain” between employers and learners look like?  
For higher education institutions, the pandemic accelerated trends already in motion such as declining enrollment rates, rising tuition rates, and growing skepticism around the value of a degree. A growing number of state governments and employers are eliminating degree requirements for hiring as they seek immediate solutions in a tight labor market. Rising entry level wages make entering the workforce an increasingly appealing option for many. However, with widening skills gaps and economic uncertainty, now is the time for business and higher education to collaborate on innovate models for lifelong learning.

Dr. Kemi Jona, assistant vice chancellor for digital innovation and enterprise learning, Northeastern University

12:45 p.m.        
Lightning Talks: Innovative and Effective Business-Higher Ed Partnerships for Closing Skill Gaps and Creating Pathways
Tied to the call to action, a series of speakers will give short presentations on two topics:

  1. How business and higher education worked together to close skill gaps, highlighting features that worked, what didn’t work, and how these partnerships are scaling, and
  2. Blueprints for pathways created by both employers and higher ed to meet the needs of different groups of learners (e.g., workers, some college no degree, etc.).

Brandon Busteed, chief partnership officer (universities & employers), global head, learn-work innovations, Kaplan


  • Antonio Delgado, vice president of innovation and technology partnerships, Miami Dade College
  • Mike Fenlon, chief future of work officer, PwC
  • Lisa Gevelber, chief marketing officer, Americas region, founder, Grow with Google, Google
  • Dane Linn, senior vice president, Business Roundtable
  • Dr. Eric Paterson, executive director, Virginia Tech National Security Institute

2:15 p.m.        
Interaction Opportunity: Call to Action Initial Planning
After short introductions to identify areas of interest, small groups will form and dive into the learnings from sessions 2 and 3. Attendees will be encouraged to review custom data reports, offer their own insights, and identify gaps and opportunities for partnership. The input from small group discussions will be used to inform working group strategies for Day 2 of the member meeting.

3:15 p.m.        
Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.        
Interaction Opportunity: Call to Action Initial Planning (continued)  

4:30 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Using Social Media Platforms to Address Pay Equity
Hannah Williams, CEO and founder of the social media series Salary Transparency Street, scours the streets asking people “what do you do and how much do you make?” in an effort to bring more transparency around pay equity. With 1.5 million followers across TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms, Williams was recently recognized as one of Money Magazine’s Changemakers. During this fireside chat, she will discuss how she made the move from data analyst to social media maven, how she is using her platform to empower individuals to negotiate on their salaries and make strategic career decisions, and why salary transparency is so important to millennial and Gen Z professionals. Williams is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College and Georgetown University.

Glen Jones, senior advisor to the president, Georgetown University

Hannah Williams, CEO and founder, Salary Transparency Street

5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

7:00 p.m.        
Dinner for Members and Guests 


Friday, February 10, 2023 – BHEF Members and Delegates Only

7:30 a.m.         
Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.        
Welcoming Remarks
Brian Napack, BHEF chair; CEO, Wiley

8:45 a.m. 
Keynote Speaker: An Economic Perspective on Future of Work Trends
S&P Global’ s U.S. Chief Economist, Beth Ann Bovino, will give a 2-year outlook of the U.S. economy. The job market is tight and there are questions about if, and when, the U.S. is heading into a recession – what do these factors mean for inflation and what is the federal reserve doing about it? Bovino will also share insights on skills gaps in the U.S. and provide time for reflection and discussion.

Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist, S&P Global

9:30 a.m.
Executive Roundtable: Developing Talent Ecosystems that Mirror State Skill Needs
Skill disruptions create opportunity and challenges for individuals, businesses, and higher education institutions. They can power innovation, create efficiencies, boost productivity and wages, but they can also render certain positions obsolete and create job loss. How can business and higher ed work together, along with other key stakeholders, to create talent ecosystems that efficiently and effectively keep up with regional needs?

Tim Sands, President, Virginia Tech


  • Heather McKay, executive director, Virginia Office of Education Economics, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Joe Murphy, president, Iowa Business Council
  • Lauren Starks, lead, Good Jobs Challenge, U.S. Department of Commerce

10:30 a.m.         
Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.        
Working Groups: Advancing BHEF’s Call to Action
Members and delegates will work in small groups to reflect on the learnings and practices featured in day 1 and continue to build action plans and commitments to advance BHEF’s Call to Action. Working groups are the main vehicle for members to receive technical assistance and consulting services from BHEF. Strategies and activities identified from this session will be used to guide members engagement with BHEF throughout the year (e.g. resource development, proposal collaboration for funding opportunities, symposium identification).

11:50 a.m.        
Closing Remarks: Getting to Work    
Brian Napack, BHEF chair; CEO, Wiley

Networking Lunch / Adjourn