April 25, 2023

ASU+GSV Wrap Up: Meeting the Moment

ASU+GSV Rya Michael Jim


The Cengage Group team had a fantastic time at this years’ ASU+GSV Summit, which brought together thousands of edtech leaders, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs to discuss what’s next in education.

Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer and Rya Conrad-Bradshaw, Vice President of Corporate Markets for our Cengage Work business, engaged in lively panel discussions about the future of education, employability and expanding access to skills training. 

Additionally, Jim Chilton, Chief Technology Officer, joined other edtech leaders in discussing the potential of the metaverse in higher ed, and how advances in technology around VR, AR and AI will enhance learning.  

And finally, we were thrilled to cap off the week with a cocktail reception at Lumi Rooftop to celebrate the launch of Ready to Hire, an offering from our Cengage Work business focused on expanding access to quality training and helping employers close skilled labor gaps.  

As Michael said in his reflection on the Summit on LinkedIn, “Overall, discussions this year again cast an important spotlight on the need for the education system to evolve. We must do better in turning talk into action, and all stakeholders must challenge themselves and each other. We at Cengage Group, with a new fresh equity infusion and the launch of our Ready to Hire solution, are eager to meet the moment.”

Read on to watch replays of three of our sessions:

Watch the Replay: Bringing the Metaverse to Higher Education 

Cengage Group Chief Technology Officer, Jim Chilton, joined leaders from Morehouse College, Th3 Third Door, Dreamscape Learn and Jobs for the Future to discuss the ways in which virtual worlds and immersive technologies can be used to enhance outcomes and research in higher education. The conversation was moderated by Rachel Forman from McKinsey & Company and touched on the potential benefits and challenges of using the metaverse in higher education and how it could shape the future of teaching and learning. 



Watch the Replay: Working Hand-in-Hand: Employers Engaging in Higher Ed 

There is a disconnect between the needs of employers and the skills we teach in higher education. Employers are recognizing that they can change their outlook by removing unnecessary degree requirements and playing a more active role in hiring and training. But that’s just a starting point.

Rya Conrad-Bradshaw joined leaders from Simplilearn, Duke University, National Louis University and Wiley on a panel discussing the opportunity employers have to rethink how workers are trained and hired, and how they will need to work more closely with higher education institutions to bring that to reality.



Watch the Replay: A Capability Crisis: Addressing Skill Shortages for In-Demand Careers

Despite recent layoffs, the demand for skilled technology professionals continues to outpace the supply, creating a significant challenge for organizations. By investing in learning and development, organizations can not only address the current capability crisis, but also build a strong, capable and competitive workforce for the future.

Cengage Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hansen, joined moderator, Chris Kibarian, Chief Executive Officer, Lightcast, and leaders from Boston Consulting Group, Chegg, CompTIA and Vocareum, Inc. to discuss how organizations can be innovative and proactive when it comes to upskilling and reskilling workers to solve these skills gaps.  





To learn more about how Cengage Work, part of Cengage Group, is helping bridge the gap between education and employment, read more about what we do.