How to minimize risk and maximize ROI for education-to-career pathways.

Gopika Mavalankar July 13, 2022

Consumers are growing increasingly skeptical of the value of college, and many are considering new pathways to careers beyond the traditional 4-year degree. Yet, increasingly, an expanding set of learning opportunities beyond college degrees are providing workers and learners additional routes to career and life success. 

What can students do to minimize risk and maximize ROI? And how can employers identify programs that are generating the skills they need? This session will explore the dynamic landscape and marketplace of expanded learning opportunities, which, if developed responsibly, can provide more equitable outcomes than our current system.   

David Soo, Chief of Staff at Jobs for the Future (JFF), and former senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, will lead an interactive workshop to identify steps education providers can take to meet the needs of learners, the employers who will hire them, and the broader economy. Speakers will also shed light on how impact investors can accelerate and scale those programs likely to lead to equitable outcomes.  Speakers will lead with a fireside chat that transitions into smaller group discussions and/or brainstorming and whiteboarding with participants. 



Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Reimagine Systems


Education; skills-based education

Purpose and Desired Outcome

(1) Solicit input on a market scan/framework developed by JFF (to be released around SOCAP 2022) (2) Facilitate opportunities for organizations to make connections and discuss opportunities for collaboration for attendees


  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameDavid Soo
  • TitleChief of Staff
  • OrganizationJobs for the Future
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameRilwan Meeran
  • TitleVP of Strategic Impact Investing
  • OrganizationAmerican Student Assistance (ASA)
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameSophie Ruddock
  • TitleVP and General Manager
  • OrganizationMultiverse North America
  • StatusInvited
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