We learn and work as part of an exchange in a greater economy. We exchange our time and attention for knowledge and skills, our knowledge for (hopefully) a credential, and our credentials and expertise for a job, career, or business. As in any economy, the exchange is in harmony when supply and demand are aligned. However, perfect alignment is rarely the case, resulting in lost talent when candidates either do not have or are not able to communicate the proper skills for the industries available.
As the concept of “work” itself becomes more granular, it is increasingly essential that our talent pipelines communicate with each other from postsecondary education to credentials, and throughout a person’s tenure in the workforce.
Dr. Dhanfu Elston (pronounced: dah-nee-foo) serves as Complete College America’s Vice President of Strategy where he utilizes his campus expertise for practical application, implementation, and scaling of CCA strategies at institutions throughout the nation. He provides oversight of Momentum Pathways, Purpose First career choice, 15 To Finish national campaign, and technology Seal of Approval. Dr. Elston earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University.
Nate Anderson is a Senior Director at JFF, focusing on how improvement to career pathways design, implementation and policy can drive stronger academic and career outcomes for low-income and low-skilled adults. Mr. Anderson manages several bodies of work focused on credentialing, labor market information technologies, competency-based education and the future of work. In addition, he has extensive experience providing technical assistance to community colleges, state postsecondary systems, adult education providers and workforce organizations.
Amy Heitzman, Ph.D. As Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Learning Officer for UPCEA, Amy serves as lead strategist for business and program development, manages a growing team, and leverages strategic opportunities to grow membership and to provide unparalleled service to the growing community of higher education leaders who steward the increasingly complex, necessarily collaborative, and highly entrepreneurial operations of professional, continuing, and online education.
Kyle Treige is Co-Founder & CEO at Moonshot. Moonshot recruits and evaluates college students and recent graduates in positions and skills demanded by employers. Kyle is a three-time startup executive and recent graduate at the University of Wisconsin.