Ben Wildavsky

Ben Wildavsky

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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


Blending skills with formal education is a new mantra that has been prescribed in India’s National Education Policy.  In his talk delivered to nearly 200 Indian academic leaders under the aegis of the Association of Indian Universities, Ben Wildavsky hit the right note as he emphasized the importance of this dual pronged approach combining formal degree with practical training.

- Dr. Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities