BHEF Member Meeting

Thursday, June 23, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022

Location: Hoboken, NJ
Registration: This meeting is for BHEF members and invited guests. Please email for a registration link.


Over the last decade, emerging digital technologies that drive innovation have disrupted the skills marketplace, creating new high-demand skill sets and a digital skills gap between business demand and higher education production. The global pandemic accelerated these trends and further exacerbated digital transformations and inequity in the workforce. The digital skills gap continues to rapidly evolve due to widespread adoption of these emerging technologies across industries and occupations. Business expects new graduates to enter the workforce with these digital skills, while higher education also needs to adapt to a mission of lifelong learning.

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?

BHEF’s Summer 2022 Member Meeting will focus on two main areas: 1) reviewing BHEF’s impact over the last decade, and 2) charting the direction for the future. BHEF will recognize the success of its members over the last decade who have innovated in the data science and analytics, cybersecurity, and other key fields by sharing a 10-year retrospective report and engaging members in highlighting successes and innovations.

This meeting will emphasize emerging skill trends and feature leading experts in business and higher education who have taken an agile approach to preparing workers and students for the skills of the future. BHEF members will receive an exclusive preview to our new Annual Signature Report, in collaboration with the Burning Glass Institute and Wiley. The report takes a supply and demand approach to emerging skills by identifying the most important knowledge and skills needed, comparing that with the higher education pipeline, and showcasing model collaborations and pathways.

Please note: Please note: In regards to COVID-19 and safety precautions, BHEF will be following state guidelines and those of our host location. As such, all visitors will be asked to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result, valid for seven days from the test date. There is always the chance of exposure to COVID-19, and we encourage everyone to take their own risk factors and personal level of comfort into account when deciding to attend.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

3:00 p.m. Registration Opens

4:00 p.m. Welcome
Mary Papazian, BHEF chair; executive in residence, San José State University 
Brian Napack, BHEF vice chair; CEO, Wiley

4:15 p.m. The Future of Skills and Working Session on Needs-Alignment
BHEF will release new data generated through a BHEF-Burning Glass Institute-Wiley collaboration on key skill trends and transformations, with a focus on emerging technologies and disruptive trends. The research will not only chronicle the changes underway, but it will also project future forward trends.  What are the skills that both graduates and companies need in order to be competitive? The stakes are high, and throughout this session, attendees will actively contribute ideas for collectively addressing change to support a robust call to action for businesses and higher education. 
Moderator: Apoorva Shah, vice president of innovation, Wiley
•    Matt Sigelman, president, Burning Glass Institute
•    Jennifer Thornton, vice president of programs, Business-Higher Education Forum

5:15 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Dinner for Members and Guests (Invitation Only)

Friday, June 24, 2022

7:00 a.m. Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:00 a.m  Welcome
Mary Papazian, BHEF chair; executive in residence, San José State University 

8:10 a.m. Business Meeting

8:40 a.m. Follow-up Working Session 
Meeting participants will continue the conversation from the Day 1 working session to identify key ideas and pilots that bring the call to action to life.    

9:35 a.m. BHEF’s Workforce Initiative: Celebrating Insights from a Decade of Innovation and Impact
In 2012, BHEF launched the National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI), a set of long-term regional projects focused on higher education-business partnerships. To mark HEWI’s 10th anniversary, this session will celebrate the success of BHEF’s members over the last decade who have innovated in data science and analytics, cybersecurity, and other key fields. Speakers will share how those efforts have impacted thousands of students’ career pathways, in addition to reflecting on what the partnerships would do differently and what they would like to do more of as these programs continue to scale and grow.

•    Claudio Castillo, graduate of the B.S. Data Analytics program at Miami Dade College; data analyst, International Reinsurance Managers, LLC
•    Steve Nordland, vice president and general manager of Phantom Works for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security
•    Madeline Pumariega, President, Miami Dade College

10:35 a.m. Networking Break

10:50 a.m. Fireside Chat: The Inclusive Future of Work
As the future of work evolves and skill gaps persists, employers struggle to find enough talent to meet their needs. Developing and accessing skilled, diverse talent requires higher education and employers to work together to help students understand what skills are in-demand and emerging and to create pathways for students into high-wage jobs. This session will spotlight big ideas and practices to bridge the skills gap and elevate diverse talent to ensure opportunity in the future of work for all.

Moderator: Monique Baptiste, executive director, head of workforce philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
•    Stephen Moret, president and CEO, Strada Education Network

11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks
Mary Papazian, BHEF chair; executive in residence, San José State University 

Noon  Networking Lunch/Adjourn

Registration: This meeting is for BHEF members and invited guests. Please email for a registration link.