Skip to content

News & Press

Join 2U at ASU+GSV 2022

Written by 2U on Mar 29, 2022

Related content: Higher Education, Leadership, Digital Education

For years, 2U has been a sponsor of ASU+GSV. Starting in 2010 as a small-scale collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the event has evolved into one of the most influential edtech conferences, bringing together leading minds focused on shaping the future of learning and work.

ASU+GSV’s 2022 theme is “Ed on the Edge,” which is meant to encompass the meaning behind Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. In one “city,” innovation is happening at scale, enabling equal access to the future for all people. In the other “city,” achieving equality has only become more difficult as the pandemic has shifted the expectations of what it means to be employer-ready. Candidates are now required to reskill and upskill to remain competitive in the 21st-century workforce. ASU+GSV intends to be the forum that will help to bridge the gap between these two “cities.” And we’re proud to be a part of the solution by creating greater access to a more equitable tomorrow.

With five sessions in 2022, we’ll be diving into the many ways we are helping to unlock global human potential through learning innovation, facilitating education-to-career pathways, launching digital transformation at scale, and much more. Check out each of our sessions below to learn where we’ll be at ASU+GSV, and how you can tune in—online or in person. #ASUGSVSummit

Virtual on Monday, April 4 at 10 a.m. PT


  • Ebony Middleton, Global Partnerships, 2U, Inc.
  • Kristin Esposito, LMSW, Assistant MSW Online Field Director, School of Social Work, Syracuse University
  • Tracy Walker, LMSW, Director of Field Relations, School of Social Work, Syracuse University

Field placements are a critical component of the curriculum required to complete a social work degree. When COVID struck, countless MSW students were left at a standstill as field placement sites shuttered their doors. Learn from Syracuse University’s School of Social Work as they share the virtual, immersive, and experiential field experience solution they piloted that has now become a permanent offering for students and demonstrates innovation and excellence in the social work profession.

In person on Monday, April 4 from 2:10 - 2:50 p.m. PT, Harbor A, Level 2


  • Sean Michael Morris, Vice President of Academics, Course Hero
  • Luyen Chou, Chief Learning Officer, 2U, Inc.
  • Michael Feldstein, Chief Innovation Officer, Argos Education
  • Jesse Stommel, Faculty, University of Denver


  • Emily Foote, Investor, Osage Venture Partners (OVP)

Edtech and university faculty often appear to be on different teams— one driving business goals and the other focused solely on academics—with little overlap. But the reality is more complex, and the opportunities for collaboration are only growing as we continue to navigate COVID, the accelerated adoption of online learning, and imagine a post-pandemic world for universities. Join X, Y, Z as they discuss how faculty and edtech can come together to advance both business and learning goals in 2022 and beyond.

In person and virtual on Monday, April 4 from 4:40 - 5:20 p.m. PT, Seaport Ballroom G, Level 2


  • Anant Agarwal, Chief Open Education Officer, 2U, Inc.
  • Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera
  • Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage Group
  • Jeff Tarr, CEO, Skillsoft
  • Greb Sebasky, CEO, Ascend Learning


  • Marni Baker-Stein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Western Governors University

This panel will focus on the exciting trends underlying the realignment of higher education and the workforce. What sort of future are we moving towards and how can students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully land a job in the modern economy? How are platforms, universities, and companies working to bridge the gap so that there is a more clear and direct pathway to employment?

Virtual on Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. PT


  • Andrew Hermalyn, President, Partnerships, 2U, Inc.
  • Caroline Levander, Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy, Rice University

Through high-quality online programs, universities have the opportunity to engage with groups of diverse and non-traditional learners that today make up a significant portion of the higher education student landscape. Hear how Caroline Levander, VP for Global and Digital Education at Rice University, has seen digital transformation partnerships open new doors to opportunity for Rice and learners across the world.

In person and virtual on Wednesday, April 6 from 12:02-12:37 p.m. PT, StageX, Seaport Ballroom A-E, Level 2


  • Andrew Grauer, Founder and CEO, Course Hero
  • Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President and CEO, DreamBox Learning
  • Divya Gokulnath, Co-founder, BYJU'S
  • Christopher "Chip" Paucek, Co-Founder and CEO, 2U, Inc.
  • Brian Napack, President and CEO, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • Romy Newman, President & Co-Founder, Fairygodboss

The world’s largest investor, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink, wrote in his 2020 letter to CEOs that “purpose is the engine of long-term profitability. . . . The importance of serving stakeholders and embracing purpose is becoming increasingly central to the way that companies understand their role in society.” Is this true? Can corporate leaders embrace a social purpose in ways that actually deliver better economic performance? This panel of education leaders believes that purpose + profit is better than either path on its own—they believe it is competitive and compelling to incorporate social purpose as a source of opportunity, productivity, differentiation, meaning—and success. How has a commitment to social impact shaped these "purpose built" companies? How has it influenced decision making, company culture, goals, results? How do they measure success, for themselves, stakeholders, shareholders—and society?

Learn more about us.

At 2U, we’re on a mission—to eliminate the back row in higher education and help partners thrive in the digital age. To learn more about who we are and what we do, follow the links below.