Global Opportunity Forum Founder, George Westerman, joins Workcred Board

September 19, 2023

MIT Principal Research Scientist and Global Opportunity Forum (GOF) Founder, George Westerman, joins the Workcred, an affiliate of ANSI (Workcred), Board of Directors –  the board helps manage the business and affairs of the Workcred organization. Westerman will join like-minded talented leaders interested in solving the complexities of the US credentialing system. As a pioneering researcher on digital transformation, Westerman has published papers in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other top journals.  His current focus is on helping employers, educators, and other groups to rethink the process of workforce learning around the world through the GOF and several research collaborations. This appointment will not only help with that goal, but also promote the global reach of the GOF.

In a recent episode of the GOF podcast, Beyond the Resume, Westerman and Workcred Executive Director Roy Swift had an opportunity to discuss some of the issues facing the challenging landscape of credentials in the US today. “The importance of competency based assessments within competency-based education cannot be over emphasized because it signals exactly how the student will be tested and further ensures the employer that the person is coming with the competencies as advertised. Too often this is not the case,” said Swift.

Westerman’s work bridges the fields of executive leadership and technology strategy. During more than 20 years with MIT Sloan School of Management, he has written three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. “I’m excited to be joining such a talented and diverse team at a time when credentials are exploding in popularity, but are currently under-assessed for credibility and value in the workplace,” said Westerman.

Workcred’s mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. Their mission aligns well with that of Westerman’s GOF efforts which include providing workers with the skills, opportunities, and solutions to succeed in a rapidly-changing economy.

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