Thursday August 17th - 6:00 PM (UTC)

The Impact of AI and Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist


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How do you educate students today for the jobs they’ll have tomorrow — when those jobs may not even exist yet?

In a time of rapid technological advancement, the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the job market can’t be ignored. As AI continues to evolve and reshape various industries, it’s essential for education providers, and the entities that support them, to understand these impacts and begin equipping learners with the skills they’ll need for the future of work.

Join us to hear from senior leaders at Microsoft and Lightcast as they illuminate these trends and highlight opportunities and challenges emerging from the intersection of technology, innovation, and learning. 

This webinar is for professionals serving in a college, university, or organization within the broader education ecosystem (e.g. alternative education providers, consultants, ed tech, etc.). Here’s what you can expect from our time together:

  • How AI is impacting industries like banking and finance as well as the technology sector. 

  • Discover resources and strategies for equipping students with future-ready skills.

  • Assess the ethical and social implications of AI, and what this means for higher education.


John Barnshaw, PhD is the Vice President for Education Success at Lightcast, global leader in labor market insights. Prior to joining Lightcast, John served as Vice President for Research and Data Science at Ad Astra, a leader in course scheduling analytics. John also served as Director of Research and Public Policy at the American Association of University Professors, where he directed the Faculty Compensation Survey, the largest survey of faculty salary and benefits in higher education. Dr. Barnshaw also directed the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (Delaware Cost Study), a longitudinal benchmarking that explores faculty teaching, separately budgeted research and public service expenditures at the discipline level for four-year institutions. Barnshaw earned his degrees from the University of Delaware (Ph.D.) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (MA, BA).

Melissa Hortman, EdD is a higher education leader in the areas of research innovation and academic transformation. Previous to Microsoft, she spent over 12 years in higher education and was most recently an Associate Professor and Director of Instructional Technology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Melissa is passionate about empowering faculty innovation and student resiliency to make higher education more agile and stronger during disruptions now and in the future.

Lynn Letukas, PhD is Director of Education Strategy at Microsoft where she leads global skilling and product strategy in AI to support educators, students, and academic institutions in closing the tech skills gap. Prior to joining Microsoft, Lynn served as Senior Director of Education and Certifications at SAS where she led global teams that created and delivered scalable academic and workforce solutions, including supporting educators and students in teaching and learning analytics as well as working to align college-career pathways. Lynn also led SAS’ global certification program. Prior, Lynn was a Research Scientist at the College Board and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is author of Primetime Pundits: How Cable News Covers Social Issues and co-editor of Measuring Success: Testing, Grades, and the Future of College Admissions. She received her PhD from the University of Delaware in Sociology with a focus on quantitative research methods.