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Engines to Equity: Innovation, Growth, and the Next Generation HBCU

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Engines of Equity

Engines of Equity:

Innovation, Growth, and the Next Generation HBCU

1 p.m. ET, Wednesday July 14

HBCUs have always been powerful drivers of prosperity. In an economy that is rapidly changing but just as much in need of greater equity than ever, how can HBCUs leverage their strengths to increase economic mobility for their graduates?

Our panelists will talk about the rising challenge of a skills-based job market and how HBCUs can use data to meet the demand for new, innovative models of success.

Meet the Panel

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick – President, Howard University

Dr. Frederick

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick was appointed the seventeenth president of Howard University in 2014. He previously served as provost and chief academic officer. Most recently, the Howard University Board of Trustees selected Dr. Frederick to serve as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery. Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University’s commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service, and fiscal stability. He has overseen a series of reform efforts, including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success and the modernization of university facilities. Learn more about Dr. Frederick on the Howard University site.


Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston – President, Norfolk State University

Dr. Adams-Gaston

Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston is a professional in higher education with over 30 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Adams-Gaston, “Dr. J,” as she was affectionately named by students, is a scholar-practitioner engaged in impacting the success of hundreds of thousands of collegiate scholars. Her experience in higher education is described as wide-ranging, comprehensive and intensive:  In leadership roles, extensive leadership experience in virtually every area of an institution, direction and participation in hundreds of partnerships, programs and new ways of facilitating learning and success at the collegiate level. Get to know Dr. Adams-Gaston here.


Jim Shelton – Chief Investment & Impact Officer, Blue Meridian Partners, and former Deputy Secretary and COO for the US Department of Education

Jim Shelton, Blue Meridian Partners

James “Jim” Shelton is Chief Investment and Impact Officer at Blue Meridian Partners. In this role, Jim leads Blue Meridian’s efforts to continuously increase the impact, reach, and influence of our investees and investments. This includes driving the evolution, expansion, and ongoing implementation of Blue Meridian’s regional investment strategy — integrating the work of expanding effective solutions nationwide with developing regional and local strategies that capture the compounding benefits of continuums of services — to produce the strongest possible outcomes for children and families and achieve community-wide impact. See Jim’s full bio on the Blue Meridian website.


Matt Sigelman – CEO, Emsi Burning Glass

Matt Sigelman, Emsi Burning Glass

Matt Sigelman is CEO of Emsi Burning Glass, a leading labor market analytics firm which mines billions of job openings and career histories to track the global market for talent.  Mr. Sigelman has dedicated his career to the opportunity to unlock new avenues for mobility and productivity through skills.  He leads Burning Glass’s work providing data-driven solutions for companies, universities, and governments in building the future workforce.  He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.




July 14
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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