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Reinventing Higher Education – A Conversation with Ben Nelson

A Conversation with Ben Nelson, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Minerva Project. Traditional universities — including Ivy League schools — fail to deliver the kind of learning that ensures employability.

   
REINVENTING HIGHER EDUCATION  
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Reinventing Higher Education– A Conversation with Ben Nelson, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Minerva Project
Traditional universities — including Ivy League schools — fail to deliver the kind of learning that ensures employability. That perspective inspired Ben Nelson, a Wharton alum (W’97), to start the Minerva Project in 2012 (backed by leading investors Benchmark Capital, TAL Education Group and ByteDance), which has led to the establishment of the Minerva Schools @ KGI in San Francisco. His goal is to reinvent higher education and to provide students with high-quality learning opportunities at a fraction of the cost of an undergraduate degree at an elite school.

According to Jerry (Yoram) Wind, Emeritus Marketing Professor at Wharton, the Minerva model is disrupting the traditional university establishment, and is something the establishment needs to adapt to, and perhaps improve on. The transcript and recording of Prof. Wind’s 2018 podcast featuring Ben Nelson can be found on Knowledge@Wharton here - https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/can-the-minerva-model-of-learning-disrupt-higher-education/

Join WCNC and The IGNITE Initiative for a fresh conversation with Ben Nelson, who was previously president of Snapfish (an online photo hosting and printing service), and Prof. Gad Allon of the Wharton School. The duo will discuss how and why the higher education model needs to change, and how Minerva is seeking to ignite the change.
 
Guest Speaker:
Mr. Ben Nelson
Founder, Chairman & CEO of the Minerva Project
 
Moderator:
Prof. Gad Allon
The Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor of Operations, Information & Decisions, and Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at The Wharton School.

Who should attend:

Anyone with a keen interest in the future of higher education, and how the Minerva Schools at KGI is grooming a new generation of critical-thinkers to challenge the status quo.

About the IGNITE Initiative:

The IGNITE Initiative is founded by the Wharton MBA for Executives students (WG ‘21) Kenneth Chew and Jason Chen, and is a community aimed at bringing ideas, people, and resources together to solve some of the hardest and most important problems facing our modern world.

The plan is to host regular Speaker Sessions to shed light on innovators working on interesting problems across a myriad of spaces. The first session will focus on Reinventing Higher Education.

Register Online
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm PT
5pm – 6pm Fireside Chat with Q&A
6:00pm – 6:30pm Virtual Cocktail
Cost: This event is free to WCNC members and $10 for non-members. New membership is available at http://www.whartonclub.com/memsub.html
Registration closes on Monday July 27th.
Please pre-register.  The Zoom link will be shared on 28th before the event.
 
Questions to be directed to: Claire Gao
 
 



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