Ben Wildavsky

Ben Wildavsky

Speaker Profile

​​​Ben Wildavsky is a veteran higher education writer, strategist, and speaker, host of the Higher Ed Spotlight podcast and author of The Career Arts: Making the Most of College, Credentials, and Connections. A frequent keynote speaker and moderator at education conferences and retreats, Ben cuts through the noise and anxiety surrounding this issue to offer sensible, clear-eyed guidance for anyone who is making decisions about education and career preparation with a view to getting ahead in the workforce. He has held senior roles at the Brookings Institution, the College Board Policy Center, Strada Education Network and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia.


[Ben’s] both/and approach to college and career-connected learning really resonated with our students, staff, and parents! The Career Arts and your research and practical guidance will springboard our efforts to open new opportunities for students in career pathways. 

- Peter Tragos, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at New Trier High School District