Wednesday, April 6, 2022

12:00 pm
2:35 pm
Seaport Ballroom A-E, Level 2
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StageX: Wednesday Lunch


Andrew Grauer (Founder and CEO, Course Hero), Jessie Woolley-Wilson (President and CEO, DreamBox Learning), Christopher "Chip" Paucek (Co-Founder & CEO, 2U, Inc), Brian Napack (President & Chief Executive Officer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Moderator - Romy Newman (President & Co-Founder, Fairygodboss)

Purpose & Profit

The world’s largest investor, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink, wrote in his 2020 letter to CEOs that “purpose is the engine of long-term profitability. . . . The importance of serving stakeholders and embracing purpose is becoming increasingly central to the way that companies understand  their role in society.” Is this true? Can corporate leaders embrace a social  purpose in ways that actually deliver better economic performance? This panel of Education leaders believes that purpose + profit is better than either path on its own -- they believe it is competitive and compelling to incorporate social purpose as a source of opportunity, productivity, differentiation, meaning -- and success. How has a commitment to social impact shaped these "purpose built" companies? How has it influenced decision making, company culture, goals, results? How do they measure success, for themselves, stakeholders, shareholders -- and society?

James Kvaal (Under Secretary, US Department of Education)
Moderator - Rachel Romer Carlson (CEO, Guild Education)

Public Policy, the Private Sector and Promise: A Discussion on Higher Education

What are the Biden-Harris Administration's most important  priorities on higher education — and how are they approaching the intersection of higher education, government, the private sector and academic institutions? In this engaging fireside chat, Kvaal, the U.S. Department of Education's leader on postsecondary education, and Romer Carlson, CEO of Guild Education, a social impact company that works with leading employers on  education and upskilling, will discuss the key areas where the Biden-Harris Administration is focused, including the connection points that bring the government, private sector and learning providers together to expand  educational opportunities and enhance career mobility for working adults.

Margaret Atwood (Author)
Moderator - Candice Faktor (CEO Disco)

Join Margaret Atwood and Candive Faktor on StageX

If we want to create a better future and move from problems  to solutions, we must collaborate and learn together. Join cultural icon and "Prophet of Dystopia" Margaret Atwood and Disco Co-founder and Co-CEO Candice Faktor to explore how the future of live learning is giving  rise to extraordinary opportunities to tackle humanity's greatest challenges as a global collective and co-create practical utopias.

Presenters: Meredith Rosenberg (Global Practice Lead, Russell Reynolds Associates), Stephen Bailey (Founder & CEO, Exec Online and Former IOC Winner)
Recipients: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (President, The University of  Maryland Baltimore County) & Adrian Ridner (CEO/ Co-Founder,

Join the IOC Winners on Stage X

Bill Milliken (Founder, Communities in Schools, LeaderComm), Rey Saldana (President & CEO, Communities in Schools)

Join Bill Milliken and Rey Saldana on StageX

Byju Raveendran (Founder & CEO, BYJU'S), Divya Gokulnath (Co-founder, BYJU'S)
Moderator - Deborah Quazzo (GSV)

Join Byju and Divya on StageX