SVO Foundation Executive Director Participates in EY-Parthenon Education Forum

EY Parthenon Education Forum The Silicon Valley Organization

Higher education for employment: from a “student service” to an institutional strategy

April 24, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science – University of California, Berkeley

“To get a good job” is the top priority of 88% of today’s entering freshmen. Embedded within the mission of each higher education institution, then, is an aspiration (implicit or explicit) for excellence in career relevance for its students.

Despite this near-universal objective and a surfeit of programs and services, the putative beneficiaries of these energies – students and employers – are not so impressed. While 96% of chief academic officers at higher-education institutions say they’re effectively preparing students for work, only 11% of business leaders strongly agree. The vast majority of the newly created micro-degrees are not connected to employer positions. At the same time, traditional career services in IHEs are not widely perceived well by students: only 8% of all college graduates found them very helpful, partly due to decreased institutional support for them.

Employers are realizing that they must now be more proactive in shaping the educational opportunities available to their current and future employees and, in response, they are working more closely with IHEs, some even creating their own education initiatives and making their courses available to traditional IHEs to use in their degree programs.

This forum brings together education and business leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most dynamic labor markets in the world, to address some of the most pertinent questions around what IHEs and businesses are doing better to prepare students for their careers. These questions include those such as:

  • What is the changing nature of work and the workplace?
  • What does this imply for IHE curriculum and programs?
  • Which career development initiatives are most (and least) valued by students and employers?
  • What are some of the key challenges to improving career preparation?
  • How can IHEs work with other organizations seeking to close the education-employment gap?

Welcome and Introductions

  • Rena Dorph, Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robert Lytle, Global Head of Education, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP



What are the major challenges and opportunities in this space?


  • Dave Hoverman, Managing Director, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP


  • Dan Black, Director, EY Global Recruiting Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Manny Contomanolis, Senior Associate Vice President, Northeastern University
  • Kelly Peaton, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Organization Foundation
  • David Stern, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jim Wunderman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Council


How is my institution facing the challenges and seizing the opportunities in this space?


  • P.K. Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, Northeastern University Silicon Valley


  • Tammeil Y. Gilkerson, President, Laney College
  • Mary B. Marcy, President, Dominican University of California
  • John C. Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University
  • Leroy M. Morishita, President, California State University, East Bay
  • David Vice, President, Asher College


  • When: April 24, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, One Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720


  • 3-3:30 p.m.: Registration, refreshments and networking 
  • 3-5:30 p.m.: Introduction and program
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Light beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking

Registration: There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP here.