One cannot go a day without hearing shocking facts on the current and future state of the workforce. In her latest book, Long Life Learning, Michele Weiss states that the trajectory is for many employees to live close to 100, therefore extending their career trajectories well into the years that used to be spent in retirement. Coupled with automation and the ever present need for skills bursts and horizontal learning, online centric institutions have the spotlight shining on them to not only help adult learners achieve their educational goals, but to upskill and reskill the workforce. How are institutions pivoting to account for skills-oriented learning? Is it an institution’s responsibility to do so? These are among the questions we aim to discuss at this OLC Accelerate Leadership Event: The Future of the Workforce in October.


Program Spotlight

  • Hear from a variety of stakeholders on the current and future state of the workforce
  • Engage in collaborative breakout sessions with peers around both the challenges and opportunities in designing for the next generation learner


Think you should be at the table with us in October? Email OLC’s Director of Online Engagement ( to request an invite.



This leadership event is open to all senior leaders and is offered as connected programming to our OLC Accelerate Conference. It will be held in-person on Tuesday, October 5th. Attendees are not only encouraged to attend event, but all other OLC Accelerate leadership offerings (which include the virtual Leadership Network Summit, the onsite Leadership Meet-Up, the virtual Awards Gala, and the onsite Awards Breakfast).

Registration fees are covered through general conference registration; lunch, and refreshments are included. That said, please note that this event will be invite only, as we have a limited number of seats (so do register soon to secure your spot).

October 5, 2021 — National Harbor 5

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT)

9:00am – 9:45am
Check In and Refreshments

9:45am – 9:55am
Opening Remarks


  • Angela Gunder (Chief Academic Officer, OLC)
  • Jill Buban (VP & General Manager, EdAssist Solutions, Bright Horizons)

9:55am – 10:25am
Student Services 2.0


  • Morgan Johnson (Vice President, Faculty Affairs, University of Arizona Global Campus)
  • Michael London (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Uwill)
  • Brian Fleming (Associate Vice Chancellor, Learning Ecosystem Development at Northeastern University)

10:25am – 10:55 am
Collaborative Breakout Sessions

10:55am – 11:25am
The Future of Work


  • Paul Fain (Open Campus, The Job: Higher Ed & The Workforce)

11:25am – 12:00pm
Collaborative Breakout Sessions

12:00pm – 12:10pm
Morning Programming Recap and Transition to Afternoon

12:10pm – 1:00pm



This event is offered as a connected event to our OLC Accelerate Conference programming and is designed for senior leaders. Register now to secure your spot – seats are limited! Registration for this event is included in your conference registration – there are no additional steps to register for these sessions other than your general conference registration, though please note that there is a section of the registration form dedicated to the October 5th Leadership offerings (one section to register for them all). All virtual summit sessions will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing for one (1) year post-conference.


More Information

Please contact OLC’s Director of Online Engagement, Madeline Shellgren, at with any questions.


Planning Committee

  • Jill Buban, Vice President and General Manager, EdAssist Solutions
  • Madeline Shellgren, Director of Online Engagement, Online Learning Consortium
  • Angela Gunder, Chief Academic Officer, Online Learning Consortium