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Osage Venture Partners Launches Future of Work and Future of Education Advisory Board

Emily Foote
March 13, 2024

Osage Venture Partners (OVP) is thrilled to announce our Future of Work and Future of Education Advisory Board. Comprised of industry experts, academic leaders, and innovators, the Advisory Board will play a pivotal role in supporting and shaping OVP’s investment strategies, identifying emerging future of work and education trends and opportunities, and providing guidance and insight to OVP portfolio companies.

In assembling this diverse and accomplished group, OVP aims to stay at the forefront of innovation, anticipating shifts in the business and education sectors as a result of post-pandemic digitization, the AI evolution and revolution, and market dynamics. Accordingly, the Advisory Board gathered at the beginning of February to share their 2024 predictions for the state of education and work. Four themes emerged from the conversation.

First, the board agreed that 2024 is poised to become the “Year of Assessment,” revolutionizing the methods used to evaluate skills and redefine educational practices beyond mere compliance. Meanwhile, diverse credentialing paths are being considered to address the acute shortages of teachers and principals, signaling a transformative period for teacher accreditation and professional development.

Second, two significant trends emerged around navigating the evolving landscape of higher education: the continuation of college closures and continued growth of mega-universities growing in prominence with AI investments. Moreover, while online learning will continue, we will see a significant shift in focus towards efficacy and affordability. Lastly, we will see the debate over AI’s role in intellectual property and content ownership intensify, mirroring challenges seen across other industries.

Third, apprenticeships are poised to reshape the future of workforce training, expanding well beyond their traditional trade boundaries into new sectors, supported by evolving policies and increased corporate engagement. However, community colleges face significant challenges in this arena, needing innovative solutions to foster partnerships with businesses and navigate the complexities of creating meaningful educational pathways.

Finally, in 2024, we expect to see the corporate world increasingly invest in education as a key strategy for employee retention and job satisfaction, with continuous learning becoming a critical value proposition. This shift comes as more than half of Americans reevaluate the traditional degree’s worth, highlighting an opportunity for partnership between higher education and employers as many organizations do not have the capabilities required to provide continuous learning and growth opportunities for employees.

2024 is ready for evolution and it’s clear that entrepreneurs who proactively address dynamics impacting our Advisors predictions will be poised to excel. The OVP team and our Future of Work and Education Advisory Board are ready to support those entrepreneurs and help them navigate 2024 opportunities that augment human achievement.


MEET OUR ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:

Diane Bartoli
SVP of EdAdvisory Services, Executive Committee, Bright Horizons Panel

Diane Bartoli joined Bright Horizons in April 2023 as the SVP of EdAdvisory Services and a member of the Bright Horizons Executive Committee. She is responsible for overseeing all operations for a comprehensive set of education benefits, including branded offerings EdAssist and College Coach. The EdAdvisory Services team leverages tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment, academic and financial college advising, career planning, and educational program development to help employers combat employee attrition and fill critical labor gaps, while enabling employees to realize their fullest potential. Prior to joining Bright Horizons, Diane held executive roles at athenahealth as the General Manager of epocrates and at Amazon Education where she lead all operations of the K-20 education business at Kindle, and launched the B2B business for digital learning products. She has also held key roles at Elsevier, Dell Publishing and was a literary agent at an agency she cofounded.

She has a BA in English from the George Washington University, and an MBA in finance from the Stern School of business at New York University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, author Neal Bascomb, two teenage daughters, and Portuguese Water Dog.

Michael Horn
Author, From Reopen to Reinvent
Co-Founder, Clayton Christensen Institute

Michael B. Horn strives to create a world in which all individuals can build their passions and fulfill their potential through his writing, speaking, and work with a portfolio of education organizations. He is the author of several books, including the recently released From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child; the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns; Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools; Choosing College; and Goodnight Box, a children’s story.

Michael is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank, and teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He cohosts the top education podcasts Future U and Class Disrupted. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and writes the Substack newsletter The Future of Education. Michael also serves as an executive editor at Education Next, and his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and NBC.

Michael serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including Imagine Worldwide, Minerva University, and Guild Education, and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

John Jackson
Provost, University of Pennsylvania

John L. Jackson, Jr. is Provost and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A pioneering scholar of urban ethnography, visual culture, and the anthropology of race, he is the only professor in Penn history to serve as Dean of two Penn Schools – the Annenberg School for Communication (2019-2023) and the School of Social Policy and Practice (2014-2018) – and was appointed in 2006 as the first Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, the University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines. Before coming to Penn, he was a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University (2002-2006) and a Junior Fellow at Harvard University’s Society of Fellows (1999-2002).

Jackson’s work includes four major scholarly books – Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press, 2013); Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Civitas, 2008); Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001) – and two co-written books, Televised Redemption: The Media Production of Black Muslims, Jews, and Christians (New York University Press, 2016) and Impolite Conversations: On Race, Class, Sex, Religion, and Politics (Atria, 2014). He is also a producer and/or director of films that have been screened at dozens of international film festivals, including the multi-award-winning Making Sweet Tea and the widely screened and taught Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens. Jackson received a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University and a BA in Communication from Howard University.

Melissa Loble
Chief Academic Officer, lnstructure

Melissa Loble serves as Chief Academic Officer for Instructure, where she oversees thought leadership and academic strategy to drive educational industry advancements. Melissa’s role includes promoting strategic customer, organization, and stakeholder partnerships, as well as engaging in governmental working groups to help influence legislation in the ed tech space. Additionally, she helps to foster growth of Instructure’s customer base and catalyze Instructure employee development. Driving innovation and creating positive learning experiences are central pillars to Melissa’s mission.

Melissa has spent 25 years in the educational technology world, working for a number of technology suppliers and educational institutions in a variety of teaching and learning leadership capacities. She has taught throughout her career, starting as a high school social science teacher and now teaching courses that focus on managing technology for educational change and crafting innovative learning environments. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for 1Edtech.

Melissa earned her BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in educational policy from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, and an MBA in leadership from the Columbia Business School.

Lou Pugliese
Partner, FlippED Ventures
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group

Lou Pugliese is a visionary and accomplished social entrepreneur known for his innovative ideas and ability to create impactful education programs that bring together and inspire learning communities. With a diverse background spanning various sectors, including entrepreneurship, academia, and equity-focused organizations, Pugliese has consistently demonstrated his commitment to driving positive change. He specializes in developing technology-driven community networks that utilize data, research, and insights to support and advance educational outcomes. Throughout his career, Pugliese has embraced the belief that every learning community is unique and that harnessing the resources, knowledge, and talent within each community is essential for fostering economic growth at all levels of society.

In Academia, Pugliese served as the executive vice president of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), where he brought over 20 years of experience in e-Learning innovation. During his tenure, he spearheaded new strategic directions in workforce education and national labor market programs. As the Senior Innovation Fellow and Managing Director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Action Lab, Pugliese established and led a research and development enterprise focused on student performance research and digital teaching and learning models.

In Entrepreneurship, Pugliese held senior leadership positions in venture capital and EdTech companies. He served as the chairman and CEO of Moodlerooms, entrepreneur-in-residence for Novak Biddle Venture Partners, and CEO of Answerlogic. Pugliese’s expertise also extends to social ventures, as he was appointed CEO of University of Maryland’s UMUC Ventures, a nonprofit social impact fund that invests in and manages early-stage education technology enterprises. The aim is to enhance the online learning experience, develop data systems for student outcomes, and improve university operations. Pugliese’s contributions to technology innovation are exemplified by his role as CEO of Blackboard Inc., where he led the organization to become the world’s largest global e-learning platform for learning communities. At Arizona State University, he led evidence-based applied research, developing business intelligence systems and robust data environments to monitor, intervene, and predict learner behavior and student success.

In Social Impact, Pugliese teaches education entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of education and has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park. Pugliese actively participates in organizations such as the Community Coalition for Haiti and Bridge to Rwanda, which promote student learning through teacher development and the creation of safe, learning-centered school environments. Pugliese’s experience extends beyond traditional educational settings. He has played a significant role in designing technology-based education solutions to improve access to learning for remote and disadvantaged communities in developing nations, particularly in Latin America, Haiti, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Garry Randall
CHRO fp FILMS

At his core, Mr. Garry Randall is a culture transforming CHRO, Head of Talent Management & Organizational Effectiveness Executive. He has continuously enriched & augmented his two-decades of HR “disruptor” Talent Management thought leadership, Organizational strategy, and Executive Leadership coaching expertise through steering an intentional career evolution that has spanned 6 industries across Digital Media & Entertainment, Tech, Consumer, Financial Services, Retail & Esports/Gaming.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, he was profoundly impacted & thrived in team-based athletics from a young age, culminating as a Division I collegiate football player at his alma mater, Michigan State University. He experienced the transformative power of positive team culture firsthand, and how this vital factor was a telling predictor of success on & off the athletic field. Over the last two-decades in the business world, the application & intersection of behavioral & organizational research aligning business performance, intentional culture creation, and the build of high-performing teams has fueled his life’s work.

Prior to joining fp FILMS as the company’s CHRO, Mr. Randall had a dynamic 14+ year HR Leadership tenure at The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) where he served as Head of HR for 2-of-5 of Disney’s operating segments (Global Interactive Media, Consumer Products) and assumed the Global Head of Talent & Organizational Effectiveness role (2013-2020) for the company-wide $70BN+ iconic brand portfolio (ESPN, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, Nat. Geo, ABC, 21st Century Fox). As Co-Strategist & Architect for Disney’s Global organizational & talent model, Garry established the inaugural HR Center of Excellence (COE) Talent Management Function & best-practice Talent Solutions deployed globally.

In 2020, Garry founded HR Talent Solutions & Organizational Effectiveness consultancy, Randall Advisory Solutions to provide contemporary, high-impact thought leadership & advisory services to cross-sector clients spanning growth­ focused, privately held start-ups to established publicly traded companies. As a trusted advisor & collaborative Business Partner to Executive Leadership, he applies his passion & expertise in designing Organizational Effectiveness, Change Solutions & Talent Management capabilities.

Garry is currently engaged as an HR Venture Advisor for SemperVirens Venture Capital; an Operating Board Member for Executive Networks, lnc.; and as an Advisory Board Member for SucceedSmart. He is a certified Executive Coach through the Center for Executive Coaching (CEC). Mr. Randall attained both his Masters of Human Resources & Labor Relations (MHRLR) and Bachelor of Science in Social Science (Economics, Sociology & Psychology) from Michigan State University, where he currently serves as a Board member and was previously engaged as the Board President & Vice President for the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations.

David Schuler
Executive Director, AASA – The School Superintendents Association

Known for his ability to inspire leaders and build new opportunities for student success, Dr. David R. Schuler earned the title of 2018 Illinois and National Superintendent of the Year and served as the 2015-2016 President of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In the latter role, he spearheaded the national Redefining Ready! movement, which redefines what it means for students to be college, career and life ready. He led the national Redefining Ready! Cohort and the Aspiring Superintendents Academy through AASA, where he shares his perspectives on leadership and helps develop the next generation of outstanding leaders who lift up public education.

Dr. Schuler began his role as the ninth executive director in 156 years of AASA, The School Superintendents Association in February 2023.Dr. Schuler served 22 years as a superintendent. He has served in rural, urban and suburban settings and developed an innovative instructional philosophy focused on career pathways, early college credit, and industry credentials that enables students to discover their futures while still in high school. District 214 now offers 44 programs of study aligned with the 16 national career clusters that allow for students to gain real­ world experience through youth apprenticeships and workplace learning experiences. Dr. Schuler was also Co-Founder/President of PathwayOS which was sold to Vector in 2023. Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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