SVP for Workforce Strategies & Chief Innovation Officer at Strada Education Network
Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. She is the senior vice president of workforce strategies for Strada Education Network and is also the Chief Innovation Officer. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to promising and meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives. Her work informs policymakers, community leaders, academic administrators and innovators about how the theories of disruption clarify our understanding of the industry’s transformation.
Before joining Strada Education, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer at Southern New Hampshire University and designed and led the Sandbox ColLABorative, an innovation lab and research consultancy. She also led the higher education practice for the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation, specifically through education and health care.
Her voice has been featured in all major education publications, including the New England Journal of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and PBS Newshour as well as top-tier business outlets, such as he Economist, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Dr. Weise is also a regular columnist for EdSurge and a senior advisor to Entangled Solutions. She serves on the education advisory board for Village Capital and AT&T Aspire Accelerator and was a commissioner on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Weise was vice president of Academic Affairs for Fidelis Education. She has also held instructional positions, serving as a professor at Skidmore College and an instructor at Stanford University. A former Fulbright Scholar, Weise is a graduate of Harvard University; she earned her master’s and doctorate from Stanford University.