Global Opportunity Initiative Launch Event June 17, 2022

Thank you to everyone who made our launch such a tremendous success. If you missed the event, you can view the videos here.

Friday, June 17, 10 a.m. (ET) to 3 p.m. (ET)

The Global Opportunity Initiative has an important goal: to improve the career opportunity of millions of people through workforce learning.

  • For workers: career navigation and education so they can increase their income and job satisfaction.
  • For small businesses: training and tools to help leaders expand opportunity by improving the way they manage their businesses and workers.
  • For all organizations: practices, tools, examples, and collaboration opportunities to help organizations innovate their workforce learning activities.

No single organization can meet this challenge alone. We’ll do it only by creating a movement. A community of members — companies, non-profits, governments, student groups, and entrepreneurs – who can share their practices and learn from each other. While each member focuses on what it cares most about, the GOI will curate best practices, conduct world-leading research, and help each member organization to succeed. We’ll help organizations to help people and communities to thrive.

Schedule (all times ET)

10:00-10:20 Introducing the Global Opportunity Initiative

  • Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning (MIT)
  • George Westerman, Founder (GOI)

10:20-11:10 Panel: Non-profit change-makers

  • Tana Wuliji, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Charles Bodwell, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Peter Hirst, MIT Executive Education
  • Lana Cook, MIT Open Learning and Refugee Action Hub (Moderator)

11:10-11:20 Break

11:20-12:10 Panel: Corporate approaches to career development

  • Steve Suarez, HSBC
  • Melissa Swift, Mercer
  • Vipin Gupta, Toyota
  • Julie Dervin, Cargill

12:10-1:00 Panel: Research insights for career development

  • William Bonvillian, MIT
  • John Horton, MIT
  • Bledi Taska, Emsi Burning Glass
  • Kathleen Kennedy, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (Moderator)

1:00-1:10 Break

1:10-2:00 Panel: Wicked challenges in workforce learning

  • Katie Hall, claira
  • Mariana Costa, Laboratoria
  • Phil Bush, Rockwell Automation
  • Charlie Boyle, Customer Service Excellence Ireland
  • Vijay Kumar, MIT J-WEL (Moderator)

2:00-2:30 Keynote speaker

  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, Futuro Health

2:30-3:00 Closing and next steps

  • George Westerman


We would like to acknowledge the generous support from the MIT Jameel World Education Lab in launching this important initiative.