SVP, Workforce Strategies & Chief Innovation Officer
Strada Education Network
Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. She leads Strada Education Network’s workforce strategies as well as its innovation and thought leadership priorities. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives. Weise is also a regular columnist for EdSurge and a senior advisor to Entangled Solutions. She serves on the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the education advisory board for Village Capital. Before joining Strada Education in September 2017, she designed and led the Sandbox ColLABorative, the R&D lab of strategy and innovation at Southern New Hampshire University. Before SNHU, Michelle was the Senior Research Fellow in higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fidelis Education, and taught at Skidmore College and Stanford University. Michelle is a former Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Harvard and Stanford. Her book, Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution, co-authored with Clayton Christensen, describes the disruptive potential of online competency-based education aligned to workforce needs. Michelle’s commentaries and research have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Inside HigherEd, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and PBS Newshour.