Chief Learning Officers Offer Government Solutions

All columnists should take their own advice regularly, if for no other reason than to show some empathy for their readers. In past columns, I’ve posited ideas for how business and higher education can work together to develop tomorrow’s workforce today. Those columns encouraged CLOs to reach out to their counterparts in higher education.

I decided to do some of this outreach myself recently, and I worked with Wayne Smutz, dean of continuing education and extension at UCLA, to put together an event to bring together businesses and academic leaders to discuss innovation and creating jobs. Smutz leads the academics, finances and operations for a $54.5 million enterprise; he receives no state or campus funding. He’s learned how to bring people together to get things done. He encourages as many high-ranking executives and their counterparts in higher education as possible to meet around a table because he said he finds one-on-one meetings move audacious agendas too slowly. – CLOmedia.com, July 18, 2016

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