Connect with Lightcast at ASU+GSV

We're excited to see you in San Diego! Stop by and say "hi" at our booth in Palm Foyer, or join one of our data-rich sessions in the Ocean Beach meeting room (Level 3).

Lightcast at ASU+GSV Summit 2023

Labor market intelligence for a brave new world

This year we are united in the common goal of imagining a new era in which all people have equal access to the future. Join Lightcast in an exploration of how labor market data can inform and enable the building of this “brave new world” through exclusive research reports and expert sessions held in the Ocean Beach (Level 3) meeting room.

Moving Up and Moving Forward: Advancing Economic Mobility for Adult Learners

Monday, April 17, 2:00 - 2:45 PM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Rucha Vankudre (Lightcast)

Lightcast’s study of 270,000 adult learners revealed that non-traditional students could benefit from a 22% greater chance of upward mobility in their careers if they choose to return to school. Join this session to learn which degrees and majors offer the most upward mobility for adult learners, what potential career transitions and pathways for adult learners look like, what average annual salary gains adult learners from certain industries have seen after returning to school, and how to use this information in your adult learner marketing and enrollment strategies.

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Intent Matters: The Most Important Measure Colleges Can Use to Reclaim & Enhance Adult Enrollment

Monday, April 17, 3:00 - 3:45 PM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Jack MacKenzie (CollegeAPP) & Gabi Skeate (Lightcast)

According to CollegeAPP data, 20% of all U.S. adults including 40% of Hispanic/LatinX, 39% of Black, and 35% over the age of 18 in the U.S. intend to enroll in college in the next two years. This is a massive opportunity for institutions to make higher education available to a larger portion of the population, while directly addressing equity gaps. The recent U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance to strengthen oversight of revenue-sharing agreements and outsourced service will put new responsibility and possibility for colleges to reclaim their marketing and rededicate themselves to their mission both socially and financially.

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REPORT LAUNCH: Connecting Classroom and Career: Advancing Success Through Skill Alignment

Tuesday, April 18, 10:00 - 10:45 AM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Rucha Vankudre (Lightcast)

A clear understanding about which skills and majors make smooth transitions from school to work can enable better decisions about how to prepare students for the labor market and position education institutions for future success. In this session, we will share results from our latest research paper analyzing the difference between the skills taught at education institutions and the skills requested by employers. We will show how results vary by major and geography, and most importantly, demonstrate the impact of skill alignment on student labor market outcomes.

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How to Discover and Harness the Power of Skillification

Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 - 11:45 AM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Jennifer Lasater (Purdue University Global), Morgan Halpert (Lightcast), Gaby Kappes (Lightcast)

What is the market asking for that you’re not teaching? How could you adapt your offerings to meet new market needs? What courses could be combined in new ways to better meet the needs of employers and learners? What are you currently teaching that’s in high demand? Join our session to learn how you can unlock actionable curriculum insights through the process of “skillification", to help you translate course content (learning outcomes, syllabi, etc.) into work-relevant skills that are recognized and valued by employers.

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A Capability Crisis: Addressing Skill Shortages for In-Demand Careers

Tuesday, April 18, 2:30 - 3:10 PM, Harbor D (Level 2)


Despite recent layoffs, the demand for skilled technology professionals continues to outpace the supply, creating a significant challenge for organizations. By investing in learning and development organizations can not only address the current capability crisis but also build a strong, capable, and competitive workforce for the future. This panel will discuss how organizations can be innovative and proactive when it comes to upskilling and reskilling workers to solve these skills gaps.

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PROJECT LAUNCH: The College-to-Jobs Data Initiative: Bridging the Gap Between Higher Education and the Labor Market

Tuesday, April 18 3:45 - 4:30 PM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Peter Q. Blair (Harvard University), Rucha Vankudre (Lightcast)

Join the Project on Workforce at Harvard, Lightcast, and the Capital One Foundation for the launch of the College-to-Jobs Data Initiative. This session will shed new light on the disconnect between higher education and the labor market and examine strategies to better connect postsecondary students to good jobs. Experts will explore education and workforce trends–with a focus on public colleges–and discuss the data and information leaders need to promote inclusive economic growth.

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How Your Alumni are Using Their Education in the Real World

Tuesday, April 18 4:30 - 5:15 PM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Lendl Meyer (Lightcast), Morgan Halpert (Lightcast)

From program review to enrollment marketing, alumni career outcomes provide critical insight to inform and empower educational leaders and faculty alike. But alumni surveys and other traditional approaches to collecting this data are often time-consuming and ineffective, resulting in low response rates and incomplete data. Join this session to learn how colleges and universities across the U.S. are using alumni career outcomes data to drive decisions in marketing and enrollment, advancement, industry partnerships, and more.

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REPORT LAUNCH: Unlocking Insights for Program Growth and Success

Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 - 10:45 AM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Rucha Vankudre (Lightcast)

New programs are vital for sharing new fields of discovery and building the foundation for future growth. But research from Lightcast shows that programs from every field of study have similar odds of success, and while 30% of all new programs succeed, another 30% do not, and the remaining 40% are caught in the middle. join this session to understand the patterns underlying this data and explore novel ways to validate new programs, improve the likelihood those programs succeed, and improve outcomes for institutions and students.

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Where They Are and Where They're Going: Infusing Skill-Agility Into Career Pathways

Wednesday, April 19, 11:00 - 11:45 AM, Ocean Beach (Level 3)

Speaker(s): Gabi Skeate (Lightcast), Gaby Kappes (Lightcast), Allison Danielsen (College Board), Kathleen Weiss (College Board)

The analysis of 15 million job postings found the skills requested in the average US job have changed 37% since 2016 according to the recent Lightcast report "Shifting Skills, Moving Targets, and Remaking the Workforce." Drawing upon the universal language of skills, Career Pathways reveals data on how people can make the best decisions about connecting workers with jobs. Career Pathways are open to everyone—regardless of industry, degree, experience, or other obstacles that can keep workers from finding their best fits. From upskilling, reskilling, to stackable credentials, Career Pathways unlocks the value of workforce navigation.

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Meet the Lightcast Team

Chris Kibarian, Lightcast CEO

Chris Kibarian



Luke Jankovic, Lightcast EVP of Education

Luke Jankovic


GM of Lightcast Education

Bob Hieronymus, Lightcast SVP of Strategic Education Partnerships & Innovation

Bob Hieronymus


SVP of Strategic Education Partnerships & Innovation

Rucha Vankudre, Lightcast Sr. Economist & Research Director

Rucha Vankudre


Sr. Economist & Research Director

Lendl Meyer, Lightcast Director of Product, Education

Lendl Meyer


Director of Product, Lightcast Education

Gabi Skeate, Lightcast Director of Universities & Partnerships Success

Gabi Skeate


Director of Universities & EdTech Partnerships Success

Jessie Lynch, Lightcast Account Executive, Education Partnerships

Jessie Lynch


Account Executive, EdTech, Education Services, & Consulting Partnerships

Meredith Shepard, Lightcast Sr. Account Executive, Education Partnerships

Meredith Shepard


Sr. Account Executive, EdTech, Education Services, & Consulting Partnerships

Morgan Halpert, Lightcast Account Executive, Enterprise Education

Morgan Halpert


Account Executive, Enterprise Education, Universities, & State Systems

Gaby Kappes, Lightcast Account Manager, Education Partnerships

Gaby Kappes


Account Manager, EdTech, Education Services, & Consulting Partnerships

Morgan Markley, Lightcast Account Manager, Universities

Morgan Markley


Account Manager, EdTech, Education Services, & Consulting Partnerships

Special Guest: Jack MacKenzie, CollegeAPP CEO

Special Guest: Jack MacKenzie



Special Guest: Peter Q. Blair, Harvard University Assistant Professor of Education

Special Guest: Peter Q. Blair

Harvard University

Assistant Professor of Education

Special Guest: Jennifer Lasater, Purdue University Global VP Center for Career Advancement

Special Guest: Jennifer Lasater

Purdue University Global

VP Center for Career Advancement

Allison Danielsen, College Board College Board Executive Director of BigFuture Careers and Partnerships

Special Guest: Allison Danielsen

College Board

Executive Director of BigFuture Careers and Partnerships

Kathleen Weiss, College Board Director of BigFuture Partnerships

Special Guest: Kathleen Weiss

College Board

Director of BigFuture Partnerships

Let's work together to unlock opportunity.

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