The US higher education system and traditional pathways into employment are being disrupted by a host of factors, from rising costs and increasing student debt, to the lingering effects of the global recession and the difficulties the post­secondary environment faces when trying to help students develop the skills they need for employment in today’s hyper­complex world. At the same time, associations are desperate to attract new and younger members. Is this a perfect storm or an opportunity?

In this session, speakers will share highlights from their research into the dramatic changes occurring in the realms of education and employment; how these changes pose an opportunity for associations; and stories of associations embracing their role as nurturers of the next generation of professionals and members. Attendees will learn about the scope of disruption affecting the US education system and its impact on the future of employment; appreciate how associations can bridge the education to employment gap; and explore practical strategies to implement at associations to make a meaningful difference.

  • ELIZABETH ENGEL, MA, CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting
  • SHELLY ALCORN, CAE, Principal, Alcorn Associates Management Consulting
  • TRACY PETRILLO, EDD, CAE, CEO, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

This session originally aired as part of SURGE in the spring of 2018.