Strada’s “Lessons Earned” podcast, featuring conversations with innovative thinkers and doers seeking to improve the education-workforce system, returns soon as host Ben Wildavsky welcomes a new co-host for Season 3, Braven founder and CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis.

“Aimée joined us as a guest in Season 2 to discuss her work at Braven, and I’m thrilled to have her on board as co-host this season,” said Wildavsky, Strada’s senior vice president for national engagement. “She brings a distinctive voice and a practitioner’s perspective to our discussions,  and she’s a lot of fun to have as a partner when we interview a fantastic set of guests.”

Eubanks Davis, a former sixth grade teacher in New Orleans, spent the majority of her career at Teach For America, where she led the organization’s human capital and diversity efforts. She founded Braven in 2013 to help first-generation and low-income students, as well as students of color, gain the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks needed to transition from college into strong first jobs. Among other honors, Eubanks Davis is a 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow. 

“It’s an incredible experience co-hosting this season of ‘Lessons Earned’ with Ben,” Eubanks Davis said. “I’m enjoying connecting with individuals from various backgrounds who are challenging the status quo and catalyzing change to create a more equitable future for our young people and for adult learners as well.”

“Lessons Earned” has drawn more than 18,500 listeners in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as in 25 countries around the globe. During the first two seasons, guests included Tony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Ardine Williams, vice president of workforce development for Amazon Inc., among many others.

This season’s lineup includes:

  • Higher education journalist Jeffrey Selingo, author of “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions” and “There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow.”
  • Michael Collins, a vice president at Jobs for the Future, who is leading a new initiative to address how postsecondary education and training systems can help members of vulnerable populations advance economically — with a special focus on Black learners and workers.
  • Michelle Weise, entrepreneur in residence and senior advisor at Imaginable Futures, discussing her book, “Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet.” 

The first episode of Season 3 airs Dec. 3 and will be available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

To listen to the trailer and previous episodes, subscribe, or learn more about the guests, visit LessonsEarned.org.

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