2020 Real Learning Summit

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Heather McGowan

Heather E. McGowan

Future-of-work strategist Heather E. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Third Industrial Revolution was marked by computerization and automation of physical labor, laying the foundation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be notable for the rapid advancement of technology tools into the domain of human knowledge work. In this world, humans must continuously learn and adapt, and with this transition comes information overload. Heather gives lucidity to the complex topic of the future of work through her illuminating graphic frameworks and powerful metaphors, all backed by deep research.

In 2017, LinkedIn ranked her as its number one global voice for education. Pulitzer Prize–winning NYT columnist Thomas Friedman frequently quotes Heather in his books and columns and describes her as “the oasis” when it comes to insights into the future of work. Heather’s sessions help employees and leaders alike prepare for and adapt to jobs that do not yet exist.

For the 2020 Real Learning Summit, Heather will set the stage for our discussion about the imperative of lifelong learning with compelling data and examples of challenges and solutions.

Download Heather’s May 28 presentation: Continuous Learning and the Future of Work Today

Tamar Jacoby

Tamar Jacoby
President and CEO
Opportunity America

Opportunity America is a Washington-based nonprofit working to promote economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership, and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.

A former journalist and author, Tamar was a senior writer and justice editor at Newsweek and, before that, the deputy editor of The New York Times op-ed page.

Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and Foreign Affairs among other publications.

Jacoby’s groundbreaking work on workforce development and retraining fits perfectly with our theme of The Continuous Learning Imperative, including a focus on working with community colleges to scale a new approach for the 21st century. Opportunity America’s forthcoming study of best practices for community colleges was funded by the JPMorgan Chase and Lumina Foundations.

Download Tamar’s June 18 presentation: The Indispensable Role Community Colleges Play in the Economic Recovery