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ECMC Group at the 2023 ASU+GSV Summit

April 21, 2023

ECMC Group attended the 2023 ASU+GSV Summit in April and met up with fellow changemakers in the education and workforce spaces. Our team participated in several panel discussions:

Making the Most of High Tech and Whole Human

Today’s students are the most diverse in age, race/ethnicity, culture, income, and neurodiversity in human history. They face more complex realities than any previous generation and a multiplicity of challenges: from financial, food, and housing insecurity, inadequate childcare and mental health challenges to concerns about the health of our communities. In this era, the most successful institutions recognize the importance of “whole-human education”—embedding technology, support, and scaffolding to develop a more caring and holistic approach to support academic and personal thriving. Join this diverse panel of experts to learn more about this emerging model.


  • Jacob Fraire, president, ECMC Foundation
  • Suzanne Walsh, president, Bennett College
  • Mark Milliron, president and CEO, National University
  • Frances Gipson, director of urban leadership program, Claremont University

Blended Pathways for the Next Generation

Employers are demanding changes to post-secondary education in hopes of expanding their pipelines. Promising models are gaining traction and giving learners a new way to prepare for the workforce. CTE, early college, P-TECH, and other blended high school/college programs have seen an all-time high of popularity as learners search for new paths to develop skills for future jobs. Make way for the pathways of the next generation. This blended model starts in high school and incorporates real-world experiences, college credit, and industry credentials to create paths to financial freedom. Join panelists in a frank discussion on what it takes to change the education paradigm.


  • Christine Noël, director of government affairs, ECMC Group
  • Chad Rountree, CEO, Propel America
  • Erika Giampietro, executive director, Massachusetts Alliance for Early College
  • Jonathan Johnson, founder and CEO, Rooted School Foundation
  • Mary Esselman, CEO, Operation Breakthrough
  • Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart

A New Design for Local Opportunities and National Impact: The Promise and Challenges of the ASU Local Model

With thousands of students—particularly students from low-income households, first-generation and students of color— currently excluded from the opportunities that a university degree provides, the college experience must be redesigned to be more accessible and affordable while dramatically improving the success of students in college, career and life. The ASU Local model reshapes the landscape of higher education for underserved learners and their families by offering the opportunity to stay connected to and grow their home community while pursuing a bachelor’s degree from a major public research university. Join our panelists to learn about the current successes and challenges of the ASU Local model and hear analysis on the model’s potential for lasting impact on the US higher education system and thousands of net new learners who will be welcomed into degree pathways nationwide.


  • Sarah Belnick, senior program director, ECMC Foundation
  • Patrick Rossol-Allison, associate vice president, strategic initiatives, Learning Enterprise
  • Taylor Pineda, national director, ASU Local
  • Dr. Mike Muñoz, superintendent - president, Long Beach City College

Leveraging Impact Investments, Philanthropy, and Technology to Power Educational Innovation

This session will dive deeply into how investors, philanthropic organizations, companies, and schools can collectively invest in, support, and operationalize innovation in education and improve student outcomes. While each can be powerful in its own right, leveraging all collectively can significantly impact the lives of students and the schools they attend while leading to great philanthropic and business outcomes.


  • Joe Watt, vice president of impact investing, ECMC Group
  • Andrew Magliozzi, CEO, Mainstay
  • Henry Hipps, senior advisor, entrepreneur in residence, Owl Ventures
  • Michael Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn College
  • Tyra Mariani, president, Schultz Family Foundation
  • Jessica Hinkle, senior vice president, strategic investments, Strada Education Foundation

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