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Rebuilding The American Dream
39 minutes | a day ago
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr: A degree can be an entrance into the game
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. Author of the popular weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR” he is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, and was appointed by former president Donald Trump as Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this conversation, Johnny reflects on his College experience, being the first-generation in his family to attend, and the importance of helping young people get “entrance into the game.” He explains how the higher education landscape is continuing to change, with 2020 being a symbolic year for race relations in the US, some of the bias is going away but the country still has a way to go. Lastly, Johnny describes the mentality needed to achieve the American Dream, and how in his opinion, education always pays off.
26 minutes | 8 days ago
Davis Warnock: Higher education opens you up to a breadth of opportunities
Davis Warnock is managing director at Mercato Partners Prelude, which supports entrepreneurs and experienced founders who are building deep customer relationships through product leadership and nimble execution. Before this, he was at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - the global community for middle market M&A dealmakers and business leaders focused on driving growth. In this conversation, Davis discusses the value of higher education in developing personal character and strengthening networks – opening individuals up to greater opportunities later on in life. He describes the huge financial commitment and pressures that going to College can pose, for not only the students’, but their families too. Lastly, Davis states the importance of previous generations in providing guidance and encouragement to young people coming through turbulent economic and political times.
37 minutes | 16 days ago
Burke Davis: The value of higher education to society
Burke Davis is a partner at Sorenson Capital. He joined in 2014 as a member of the firm’s technology practice, focused on the way that data and information shape the world. Previously, he was a financial analyst with Citigroup’s Global Technology Group, where he advised some of the world’s most influential technology companies, before serving as a senior financial analyst at Samsung NEXT. In this conversation, Burke describes how finishing higher education with a degree enables you to add value to society immediately,- which is both financially beneficial to individuals and society as a whole; argues there is currently a lack of data, tools and infrastructure to help young adults make big life decisions, such as which College they should attend or what major they should take to achieve their career goals. He shares how despite his father not being traditionally educated, seeing him succeed as a self-made entrepreneur, and “create something out of nothing” helped him become a “big believer” in the American Dream.
37 minutes | 22 days ago
Darcy Howe: Universities - ask your students about innovation
Darcy Howe is founder and managing director of KCRise Fund, a Kansas City-based venture capital firm designed to connect high-net-worth individuals and corporations with those in need of investment. She has served on the boards of multiple companies, with over 20 years’ experience as an angel investor, and a founding member of Women’s Capital Connection, who invest in women-led, early stage business. In this conversation, Darcy discusses the importance of Colleges in thinking about the economic development of their regions and how students’ skills can foster regional growth; describes the value of higher education in building long-term relationships as “a place where anybody can find their people.” Lastly, she argues “smart universities will ask their students for help with innovation,” with students being more adept at breaking the old-fashioned mould.
26 minutes | a month ago
Marie Sanderson: Putting education at the forefront of public debate
Marie Sanderson is a partner at Guidepost Strategy - a federal strategic consulting and government affairs firm assisting in message positioning, legislative strategy, issue management and advocacy. Starting her career in public service on Capitol Hill for Senator Thad Cochran, she then worked alongside Governor Haley Barbour as their policy director. Last year, she co-founded the MS 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. In this conversation, she describes the importance of college cities and towns in keeping the talent at home, fostering a stimulating job market that enables students to use their degrees after graduation; argues that policy is vital in bringing about sector-wide change and to facilitate educational innovation; and explains why education must be nimble and move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to cater for a wider array of students.
30 minutes | a month ago
Chris Campbell: Creating meaningful change in education
Chris Campbell is chief strategist at Duff & Phelps - a multinational financial consultancy firm based in New York City. Prior to this, he had a long esteemed career on Capitol Hill, and most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions. In this role, he oversaw policy and program areas such as government-sponsored enterprises, community development, and affordable housing policy. Chris is one of the few Presidential nominees in recent history to be unanimously appointed by both sides to such a significant role, and was named one of Congress’ most influential staffers seven years in a row. In this conversation, he shares how coming from humble beginnings, and at times being “episodically homeless”, education was important in shaping his perceptions of people and the future of the country; describes the many barriers of transforming education policy in D.C to create meaningful change, and shares his predictions and thoughts on what the administration can do to make college more affordable.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Title: Lindsay Hadley: Unlocking success with collaboration
Lindsay Hadley is the founder and chief executive of Hadley Impact Consulting. The firm works with nonprofits, corporations, artists and influencers to transform great ideas into social impact using technological innovation, social movements, and world-class events. Early in her career, she facilitated humanitarian projects in Kenya, Peru, Mexico, and Thailand - raising more than $35m for her clients and leveraging billions for important causes. She was executive producer of ‘The End of Polio Concert’ and the ‘Global Citizen Festival’, and also launched FilmRaise, an online platform that connects filmmakers, charities, and viewers for social change. In this conversation, Lindsay describes how despite encouragement to be a “stay-at-home mom’, she was driven to college by her love for soccer - receiving scholarships which led to her becoming a Division I athlete; argues there is great value in online education, and that the pandemic exposed universities that needed to be more agile and entrepreneurial in embracing new technologies; and shares her concerns for the “looming financial crisis for US colleges”, especially HBCUs, and the need for colleges that understand students’ different cultures and experiences.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Chuck Staben: Providing access to education for all
Chuck Staben is the former president of the University of Idaho. Attending public universities, he earned his PhD at the University of California-Berkeley in biochemistry. He spent the next 19 years as a professor, department chair, associate vice president for research, and acting head of the Research Office at the University of Kentucky. Chuck later served as a Provost at the University of South Dakota for five years, before his most recent tenure as president of the University of Idaho. In this episode, Chuck describes some of the barriers preventing people from accessing higher education, including moving away from home and a lack of finance and planning for the future; argues non-revenue sports are a good investment for the state and that more dollars should be spent on athletics and attracting student athletes, and explains why “it’s graduating from college that makes the difference” to a student’s future and the economy.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Anthony Scaramucci: Creating a society of equal opportunity
Anthony Scaramucci is an entrepreneur and the founder of SkyBridge Capital. He is also the founder and chairman of Salt Conference, a global gathering that brings together leading investors, business leaders and thinkers to discuss big ideas in the world of finance, technology and public policy. He famously served as Donald Trump’s communications director for just 11 days, and is now a vocal critic of the President. Anthony is also the author of four books and host of the podcast, Mooch FM - where he explores the top news stories with the biggest names in media, business, politics and beyond. In this episode, he describes growing up in an “aspirational blue collar family” and how his perception of the American Dream has evolved; shares his experience and concerns for collective bias, but is optimistic that society will transform into a “platform of equal opportunity and outcomes”; and describes how discovering a passion, or “inner happiness” in your teen years is a “gift”, which should be taken with you into your working life.
62 minutes | a year ago
Dr Elaine Maimon: Transforming higher education
Dr Elaine Maimon is president of Governors State University in Chicago. She’s also the author of a book recommending changes for higher education entitled ‘Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation’. In this episode, Elaine explains her transformative work to turn the university into a place that celebrates innovation and experimentation. She describes why she rails against the principle that not everyone should go to college, and explores the effectiveness of the university’s ‘Family Development Centre’ which offers courses to parents of infants and preschoolers, to set them up for college in the future. Elaine has strong feelings on the need for reforming our approach to divisions between areas of education, like STEM versus the liberal arts, and says we need to address the challenges of financial restrictions. She says it will take real courage and leadership, but addressing societal issues within higher education in the US is crucial - that democracy is at risk, and there’s no time to wait.
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