March 15 from 2:00 – 3:00pm ET.
In today’s rapidly changing world, graduates often struggle to showcase the skills and experiences potential employers are seeking. Traditional higher education credentials don’t always provide the information hiring managers need, while many schools are only just beginning to take advantage of emerging tools like e-portfolios, badges, talent analytics, and platforms for curating learning experiences.
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Sean Gallagher, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education & Talent Strategy at Northeastern University, and Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Education. Dr. Sean Gallagher will explore real-life hiring trends to illustrate what this new landscape means for students and professionals in the modern workforce, and explore options for higher education to better help students meet the challenges of this rapidly evolving marketplace. Drawing on his extensive experience in the field, Dr. Gallagher will outline solutions to bring together institutional leaders, administrators, and faculty to bring credentialing into the 21st century.
Dr. Sean Gallagher
Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, and Executive Professor of Educational Policy
Sean joined Northeastern in 2009 and is a nationally recognized expert with over 15 years of experience in higher education. As Chief Strategy Officer for Northeastern’s Professional Advancement Network, Sean built a central strategy function unique among universities – working across colleges and academic domains to launch growth initiatives including the development of new campuses and degree programs. Prior to Northeastern, Sean worked for nearly 10 years at Eduventures, advising executives at hundreds of universities, education companies, and investors. Sean directed the firm’s largest and most profitable business unit, and played an instrumental role in the company’s growth by developing and leading many of its research practices.
Sean is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and events, and his writing and commentary have been featured in leading media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and CBS Television. Sean’s research has been cited in numerous academic papers and books. His book, “The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring,” was published in 2016 by Harvard Education Press. Sean also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bay State College. Sean holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Northeastern University; an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern.
Mike Sweet is a visionary business leader who is taking education and the world of work into the future. He has used his experience working with thousands of customers worldwide to inform his understanding of the business processes necessary to develop the products that will most effectively build critical thinking and information literacy skills among today’s learners. Going beyond simple knowledge acquisition, these skills teach what, how, and when to learn and have been identified as crucial for success in today’s knowledge economy. Mike is passionate about everyone gaining these skills for success in their personal and professional lives. Mike’s expertise in technology, systems design, and business culture have helped Credo earn several awards for its products and services including SIAA CODiE awards across multiple categories, Library Journal’s Best Reference Award, Choice’s Outstanding Title recognition, and a place on eContent Magazine’s Top 100 Companies. Before joining Credo as CFO in 2006, Mike served as CFO and COO of CoreWeb, a web development and consulting company. He also spent seven years at Global Insight providing Fortune 500 companies with business planning tools for market analysis and strategy development. Mike holds an MBA from Babson College with an emphasis on finance and entrepreneurship.
Author: Olga Karanikos
Senior Director of Marketing, With a passion for enabling students of all types to access the skills and knowledge needed for success, Olga leads all marketing initiatives for Credo’s reference and education products. She is trilingual and studied International Relations and French Language & Literature at Boston University.