BHEF Fall 2023 Member Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2023 to Friday, October 20, 2023

Transforming the Workforce Responsibly
New York City, NY

BHEF’s member meetings are the premier action-oriented forums for corporate C-suite executives and college and university presidents to anticipate skills needs and improve pathways between higher education and workforce. This in-person meeting is an opportunity to hear from thought leaders on the future of work, explore innovative talent solutions, and network with peers.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

2:00 p.m.    
Registration Opens for Members, Delegates, and Invited Guests

3:00 p.m.   
Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Tim Sands, president, Virginia Tech

3:15 p.m.    
Shifting Outlooks due to AI Disruption
The advent of accessible generative AI tools is causing business leaders to shift their strategic and operational outlooks. Automation will impact a wider number of job functions than previously predicted and at an accelerated pace. How are business leaders preparing their talent for these shifts? What can higher education do to anticipate these talent needs? What ethical implications are leaders taking into consideration? Panelists will share how their business outlooks are evolving due to AI and what they are doing to address these shifts.

4:00 p.m.    
Networking Reception

6:00 p.m.    
Member Dinner 

Friday, October 20, 2023 

8:00 a.m.     
Registration Opens and Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m.    
Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Tim Sands, president, Virginia Tech

9:15 a.m.    
The Future of DEI
Earlier this year, SCOTUS made a landmark decision to rescind affirmative action practices in higher ed admissions. While this decision has a direct bearing on students and academic institutions, implications also extend to businesses as they consider future talent practices. Panelists will discuss the impacts of this decision for higher education and business and how these entities can work together to grow a diverse workforce

10:15 a.m.     
Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.    
Break Out Groups
Attendees will work in small groups to ideate programmatic and policy-focused opportunities to work collectively on implementing BHEF’s call to action: BHEF will equip at least 200,000 diverse learners by 2028 with fast-growing skills needed for high-demand jobs by

  • actively engaging in new business-higher education partnerships focused on closing newly researched skills gaps,
  • creating efficient and accessible pathways between higher education and the workforce, and
  • setting bold organizational targets and annually measuring impact.  

Lunch Plenary Session: Tech Talent Ecosystem in NYC

1:00 p.m.