Join a cohort of innovative, forward-looking business and higher education leaders co-collaborating on  building the future or learning and work. 

We invite, engage and convene business and higher education leaders, catalyzing effective collaboration that delivers on an annual research and impact agenda.

  • Illuminate the high-demand skills and occupations of the future. We expose talent gaps where co-creation of pipelines and credentials are needed. This enables businesses to clearly convey skill needs and higher education to increase capacity and enrollment. 
  • Pioneer new models that bridge learning and work. We co-create, prototype, and implement new pathways across the learn-and-work spectrum (e.g., work-based learning, skills-based hiring, and inclusive STEM pathways). This enables business to build diverse talent pipelines and retain new talent, and for higher education to increase student persistence, career success, and value.
  • Catalyze and advocate for high-performing partnerships. We provide the translation, tools, resources, and support for better cross-sector partnerships that enable business and higher education to see a return on their talent and learner investments.
  • Network and lead innovation via action-oriented convenings and forums. We engage our network through member meetings and roundtables to foster collaborations and a collective, proactive response to the future of work. 

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Membership fees are indexed to organizational size and scale.



Ryan Oakes, Managing Director

Amazon Web Services

American Council on Education
Ted Mitchell, President

The Boeing Company

California Polytechnic State University
Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President

The City University of New York
Félix M. Rodríguez, Chancellor 

Columbia University

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Terrence Cheng, Chancellor

Drake University
Earl F. “Marty” Martin, President

Laura K. Ipsen, President and Chief Executive Officer

Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia, President

Georgia Institute of Technology
Ángel Cabrera, President

Lisa Gevelber, Chief Marketing Officer, Americas Region

Howard University

Hudson County Community College
Christopher Reber, President

IBM Corporation

Brandon Busteed, Chief Partnership Officer and Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation

Miami Dade College
Madeline Pumariega, President

North Carolina State University
Randy Woodson, Chancellor

Northeastern University
Joseph E. Aoun, President

The Ohio State University

Tim Ryan, US Chairman and Senior Partner

Quinnipiac University
Judy D. Olian, President

S&P Global
Douglas L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer 

San Diego State University
Adela de la Torre, President

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Donald Allan, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Michael L. Tipsord, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer 

Christina Cutlip, Senior Managing Director

University System of Maryland
Jay A. Perman, M.D., Chancellor

University of Virginia
James E. Ryan, President

Virginia Tech
Timothy D. Sands, President

Business-Higher Education Forum
Kristen Fox, CEO
Ex Officio

Emeriti Members

Brian Fitzgerald,* CEO Emeritus
Business-Higher Education Forum

Roberts T. Jones, President
Education and Workforce Policy, LLC

David E. Maxwell, President Emeritus
Drake University

Brian Napack, Former President and CEO
Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Eduardó J. Padron, President Emeritus
Miami Dade College

Mary Papazian, Former President
San José State University 

Edward B. Rust, Jr., Retired Chairman of the Board
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company