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Connecting Learning to Earning: The Power of a Learner-Owned Record

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Oct 12, 2021 01:27 PM

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Rick Torres
President and CEO @National Student Clearinghouse
Rick Torres joined the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit, as president/CEO in 2008. The Clearinghouse is the nation’s trusted source for education verification and student educational outcomes research. He has held executive roles at Capital One, PepsiCo, and Philip Morris. Rick currently serves on the boards of John Tyler Community College Foundation, National College Access Network, Achieving the Dream and is a founding and current member of the Groningen Declaration Network Group.
Darin Hobbs
Director of Academic Record, Credentials & Careers @Western Governors University
Darin R. Hobbs, Director of Academic Records, Credentials & Careers at Western Governors University, has over 20 years of experience in various professional, academic, and volunteer roles. Darin is known for innovative solutions that create efficiencies within the work environment and constantly thinks creatively about how to reimagine the student record. He has devoted his career at WGU to transforming higher education for the benefit of students. He heads the Office of the Registrar, Office of Admissions and Transfer Administration and Career and Professional Development. Darin is responsible for WGU’s Learning and Employment Record/Achievement Wallet initiatives and Records to transform the student record into a learner-owned, digital record of achievement that is skills-denominated, machine actionable and built upon a foundation of open standards. Darin also oversaw WGU’s four, White House LER pilots led by IBM/National Student Clearinghouse, Walmart, Salesforce, and Workday.
Alex Kaplan
IBM Global Leader of Blockchain and AI for Industry Credentials @IBM
Alex Kaplan works with technologies that help people realize their career aspirations. He is the worldwide leader of IBM’s Learning Credential Network (LCN) and the Global Leader for Credentials on Blockchain. The LCN is building a digital credentialing system that will serve as a template for a global skills platform to help millions of people prove the value of skills they've earned through expanded education and career pathways and connect them with employment opportunities. LCN is part of IBM’s broader strategy in creating a blockchain-based infrastructure for digital credentials. Alex previously worked with the IBM teams that created Personalized Learning on Cloud, Watson Classroom and Watson Tutor. He has closely collaborated with leading organizations in industry, government, and education, including the White House, US Departments of Commerce and Education, Apple, Pearson, and Sesame Workshop.
Kymberly Lavigne-Hinkley
Senior Manager, Coaching and Deployment, Markle Foundation, Skillful and Rework America Alliance @Markle Foundation, Skillful and Rework America Alliance
Kymberly Lavigne-Hinkley has over ten years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors focusing on workforce and economic development initiatives for adults, career coaches, and employers. As Senior Manager for Coaching and Deployment at the Markle Foundation, Kym leads the Rework America Alliance Coaching workgroup, the delivery of Markle’s career coaching programs to state and local partners, and the design of a virtual career coach training program focused on developing human-centered, equity-driven and skills-based career coaches. Kym is particularly excited to be thinking more about how digital solutions can be leveraged by career coaches to create a more equitable process and successful outcome for job seekers. This is beginning to come to life in the community of care work of the Indiana Achievement Wallet pilot project with WGU, Goodwill Excel Center of Central and Southern Indiana, IBM, National Student Clearinghouse, and Ivy Tech Community College.