When COVID-19 struck in the United States in early 2020, online learning took on new meaning.
“One-point-six billion people were thrown into the deep end of the online learning pool. Some were equipped to swim and some weren’t,” says Deborah Quazzo, the co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit and a managing partner at GSV Ventures.
This year, the summit is being held virtually and Quazzo says the teachings of the pandemic and the impact on education will take center stage.
“We’ll come out of COVID with a lot of learnings in all of those sectors,” she says. “That’s what we hope to really flesh out and talk about at the summit, and have people walk away with some great inspiration about what they can do to be better. Both learners and teachers.”
The summit organizers decided to make the summit free this year, in light of COVID-19, “to ensure access to educational content for all without barriers.”
Special guest speakers include General Colin Powell, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Nye, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham, Paul Tough, Katie Burke, Jeff Maggioncalda, Diane Greene, and many more.
WorkingNation editor-in-chief Ramona Schindelheim will be leading a panel on how Philanthropy Can Help Close the Skills Gap on Tuesday at 12:45pm PT. Speakers include Gayatri Agnew of Walmart.org, Hector Mujica of Google.org, Jenn Stredler of Salesforce.org, Jacqueline Valouch of Deutsche Bank, and Angela Jackson of New Profit.
This panel examines how major corporations and individual donors are investing their philanthropic dollars in workforce development initiatives that are closing the skills gap, creating opportunities, and providing good jobs for everyone in their communities.
You can watch all of the interviews from this year’s summit on our YouTube channel, during and after the gathering.
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