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Institute for the Future of Work

Strada Institute advances our understanding of the changing nature of work, so that we can design and create the learning ecosystem of the future.

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On-ramps to Good Jobs

By shining a spotlight on what works, as well as identifying barriers to growth, we hope to spark a dialogue—particularly within the social impact investing space—about how to scale more …

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“As technology continues to advance, the line between soft and hard skills is disappearing. What matters is whether a skill is ‘human’ or can be performed by machines,” says Michelle …

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The Permanent Detour

“These findings contradict the popular narrative that underemployment and drift are built into the early phases of career discovery–like some sort of rite of passage for graduates,” said Weise. “We …

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About the Institute

The future of work matters, but the future of workers matters more.

In a world of jarring economic and technological transformation, workers will need to access education and skills training throughout their working lives to remain competitive and employed.

Already, 44 million Americans without a college degree are either jobless or earning less than a living wage to support themselves and their families. They are most at risk of being left behind by the future of work.

Our research examines the challenges and opportunities these workers face with the goal of driving innovations to help people thrive by transitioning seamlessly between learning and work.

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Meet the Team

Michelle R. Weise, Ph. D.

Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategies; Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Strada Education Network

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Holly Custard, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Institute Partnerships and Outreach

Strada Education Network

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Andrew Hanson

Senior Research Fellow

Strada Education Network

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Rob Kadel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Strada Education Network

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Janet Salm

Managing Director of Research

Strada Education Network

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Advisory Committee

Alex Alonso, Ph.D.

Chief Knowledge Officer

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Ryan Craig

Co-Founder & Managing Director

University Ventures

Carol D’Amico, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President, National Engagement and Philanthropy

Strada Education Network

Mary Gray

Senior Researcher

Microsoft Research New England


Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Michael Horn

Chief Strategy Officer

Entangled Solutions

Stephen Moret, Ed.D.

President and CEO

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Cheryl Oldham

Senior Vice President

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Deborah Quazzo

Co-Founder and Managing Director

GSV AcceleraTE Fund

Peter Smith

Orkand Endowed Chair & Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education

University of Maryland University College

Mimi Wolfe Strouse

Private Equity Investor

Distinguished Fellows

Joseph Fuller

Professor of Management Practice in General Management

Harvard Business School


Harvard Business School's Managing the Future of Work Initiative

Earl Lewis

Founding Director, Center for Social Solutions, and Professor of History, University of Michigan

Joel Meyerson


Forum for the Future of Higher Education

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