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WATCH: The Lab joins SHRM to present on skills-first hiring at ASU+GSV Summit 2024

Once again, the Education Design Lab presented during the sold-out ASU+GSV Summit happening April 14-17, 2024, in San Diego, Calif.

This year, Labbies shared our expertise on becoming a “skills-first” employer alongside SHRM, and how we might better understand job, skills, and career paths critical for supporting solutions to the climate crisis.

What is the ASU+GSV Summit?

Called the “Davos of Education” (Forbes) and “the must-attend event for education technology investors” (New York Times), ASU+GSV brings together thousands of educators, founders, funders, and enterprise leaders around the summit’s north star: to “give everybody an equal opportunity to participate in the future with the foundation being having the access to quality education,” said summit co-founder Michael Moe in this brief video.

Co-founder Deborah Quazzo describes the summit as a “mix of a family reunion and a very serious dive into learning and into action.”

In 2023, Education Design Lab President + CEO Bill Hughes was a panelist during a session about stackable credentials (watch the recording).

This year, celebrity keynote speakers included Common, Paula Abdul, and Van Jones.

The Lab’s sessions

Below are the Lab’s three session descriptions from the ASU+GSV Summit’s 2024 schedule. All were presented on Monday, April 15, 2024.



SHRM: Why Being a Skills-First Employer is a Smart Idea (Details)
We’re at the dawn of a skills economy, where being a skills-first employer is going to lead to a broader talent pool, a competitive advantage, and a more sustainable and successful future. But what does it mean to be skills-first, and why should employers make the shift? In this introduction and interactive dialogue about the “why” of skills-first strategies for employers, engage with other attendees to break down the advantages of hiring and retention policies and practices that embrace not only formal education, but credentials, life skills, aptitude, and attitude.




SHRM: Overcoming the Challenges and Embracing the Opportunities of Being Skills-First (Details)
Degrees aren’t going away, but more and more people (more than 2-in-3 working age Americans) don’t have one. So navigating to being skills-first as an employer soon will not be optional. Why not get ahead of the curve? In this interactive session, we’ll roadmap the process of selecting and adopting a skills-first strategy, thinking through the challenges of change management, addressing questions of risk and ROI, and measuring the impact and effectiveness of your efforts.




You Say You Want a Revolution: Data, Green Jobs, and The Future of Learning (Details
Recent legislation has unleashed a green wave of funding for infrastructure and jobs – but are workers and industry prepared to capitalize on it? In this session, we will explore how innovative strategies, targeted training, and a data-led approach can help match talent to opportunity, while supporting solutions to the climate crisis. We will also highlight opportunities to use AI to better understand job, skills, and career paths critical for the energy transition.


  • Daniel Goldsmith, Julius
  • Vicki Greene, GED Testing Service
  • Bill Hughes, Education Design Lab


  • Brad Bernatek, WGU Labs