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Monday, March 16 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The 21st Century Skillset: What You Need to Succeed

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In today’s dynamic economy, the skills needed to succeed in the workplace are evolving, and there is a tremendous need for talent in the technological workforce. Companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 corporations require a broad base of skills in subjects like web development, design, business, marketing and more. These fields are constantly changing, however, and colleges and universities are struggling to keep up. New educational models are emerging, continually updating their curriculum and the way skills are taught. General Assembly is pioneering this model of skills-based education, and co-founder and CEO Jake Schwartz is leading the way. He and Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, will discuss how skills-based education is helping people accelerate their careers and how it is allowing companies like Google, McKinsey, Spotify and more to find the talented workforce they need.

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Kevin Carey

Dir, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
Kevin Carey directs the education policy program at New America. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere (Riverhead, March 2015) tells the story of the coming transformation of higher education by information technology. Carey... Read More →
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Jake Schwartz

CEO & Co-Founder, General Assembly
Jake Schwartz is CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to twelve cities and has helped more than 240,000 students create opportunities and pursue... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 407

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