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​If you are an employer, college or university, or workforce agency that believes there is a better way to structure solutions to meet the needs of today's learners, let's talk. 

Marie Cini Named Acting CEO, Outgoing CEO to Take on New Thought Leader Role

Marie Cini, chief strategy officer at ED2WORK, will become the acting chief executive officer on March 15, 2021, as the organization's founding partner, Steven Taylor, assumes a new role as senior fellow on postsecondary education at Stand Together. Taylor will continue on as senior adviser working closely with the ED2WORK Advisory Council.


We believe that education and careers should be integrated to serve working learners and enable them to improve their social and economic well-being. This is at the core of our work. We believe it is time to develop more elastic models of education and work that holistically meet the needs of working learners.

Through advocacy, research, and strategy, we work with you to help create new ways to serve working learners to acquire and use the life and career-relevant skills they need to compete in the talent marketplace and improve their economic opportunity and social mobility.


If you are in the business of "developing people" and are looking for a partner who will assist you to focus your vision and build capacity, reach out to us. We will tell you how we might assist. And equally important, if we're not the right people, we will suggest others who are. Your success is what is most important to us.


We advocate for common-sense, learner-centered policies, and practices that eliminate barriers to success. We actively promote recognition of all prior learning and propose new "learn and earn" models.

As learner advocates, we promote policies and practices that place working learners at the center of solutions. We look to the future of learning and work and what organizations must do now to prepare for the inevitable challenges people and organizations will face in a dynamic learning economy.


It's hard to know which way to go without insights and a broad understanding of a field. We specialize in case studies and qualitative research to help you determine how to better serve working learners through a deeper understanding of where existing "pockets of innovation" are already making an impact.


Often these pockets of innovation exist within your organization as well as in similar organizations. They may also exist in other fields or types of organizations and you may not know how the work could inform your efforts. With our research approach and rich network, we can help you find the people and knowledge to tap into to create your own solutions.


Strategy is a much-used phrase today. We break it down for you and make it simple. What are you going to actually do to achieve your goals?


ED2WORK can help you develop a clear, simple strategic approach to achieving the goals you have set forth for working learners. We believe in agile strategy that includes new ways of organizing your work and using knowledge to inform and continuously improve your efforts.

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​If you are an employer, a college or university, or a workforce agency who, like us, believes there is a better way to structure a work and education system that meets the needs of working learners, let's talk. We can help further your mission through fresh thinking, research and insights, and strategic action.


We aim to positively impact how and where people learn and work. See how we’re delivering on that promise.

The First 100 Days: A Future-Focused Approach to Strengthening the Education-to-Work Continuum

Jan 25, 2021

With the inauguration behind us and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially at the helm, the work of federal agencies to carry out the Biden-Harris agenda is in full swing. The First 100 Days are critical to setting the tone for an agency's priorities. ED2WORK's Marie Cini and Steven Taylor share their perspectives on how the new administration can best support working learners as they navigate an uncertain economy.

ED2WORK's Chief Strategy Officer, Marie Cini, Shares Post-Pandemic Higher Education Strategies the U.S. Needs to Catalyze a New Business Model to Promote Learning Across the Lifespan

Dec 7, 2020

At the root of our collective response to COVID-19 is a deep fear that the world as we know it will be fundamentally changed. News of college and university closings, enrollment drops, rising unemployment, and the break in the strong historical link between postsecondary growth and social/economic mobility has most of us reeling. But if higher education can use this time to transform and develop new ways to serve individuals across the lifespan, all can benefit.

ED2WORK Joins Twenty-Seven Other Higher Education and Related Organizations to Call on Joe Biden to Prioritize Higher Education in His Administration

Nov 23, 2020

Twenty-eight organizations came together following the presidential election to urge President-Elect Biden and his transition team to prioritize higher education in the incoming Biden Administration. The letter, spearheaded by Higher Learning Advocates, urged the President-Elect to select a Secretary of Education and other senior officials who will understand key higher education policies and the needs of today’s students.

New Article in OEB Insights by ED2WORK's Marie Cini Highlights the Need for Higher Education to Help Students Make a Living and Create a Better Life Post-COVID

Nov 20, 2020

The pandemic created a deep anxiety about the future and hit some communities harder than others. In this piece, ED2WORK's chief strategy officer, Marie Cini, articulates a vision for a post-COVID higher education system that embraces "both-and" thinking to prepare all learners for careers that will shift and adapt over several disruptions across a longer career and life. She argues that as a society we must collectively embrace equitable outcomes for all rather than maintain the artificial inequities inherent in traditional higher education.



​​​We mobilize educators, talent leaders, and learner advocates to equip people with the skills they need to succeed in future work and learning environments.

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