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New GMU President, Dr. Washington: Preparing Leaders for the Workforce of the Future

  • 27 Jan 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 17

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Experts agree that the post-pandemic "normal" of work will be like nothing we've ever seen before. What does the future of work look like? What skills and knowledge does the workforce require? And how do we prepare leaders to guide that workforce?

Join academic and industry leaders in this conversation about preparing leaders for the workforce of the future.

Dr. Gregory Washington, the current President of George Mason University, will talk about his vision for the future and how universities will help people thrive in that future.

Dolly Oberoi of C2 Technologies, Inc. will discuss the changes she sees in industry and how both private and public sector organizations will need to adapt. Dr. Washington and Ms. Oberoi will help you determine immediate actionable steps you can take now to prepare leaders for the workplace of the future, and they will answer your burning questions.

Presenters:  Dr. Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University; Dolly Oberoi, CEO, C2 Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Gregory Washington became the eighth president of George Mason University on July 1, 2020.

Dr. Washington, the former dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and former interim dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, is regarded nationally as a strategic and collaborative solutions-oriented leader who is committed to providing opportunities for students of all backgrounds.

In his seven years at UCI, Dr. Washington expanded undergraduate enrollment in the engineering school by 1,100 students and graduate enrollment by more than 200. He led a freshman experiential learning initiative that resulted in more than 60 percent of undergraduate engineering students conducting research. He established the University of California’s first student makerspace and helped establish the OC STEM Initiative, one of the nation’s first STEM ecosystems, which impacts more than 100,000 students each year in Orange County, California. He also launched a regional effort to help community college students transfer to four-year institutions.

Dr. Washington launched his academic career in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at Ohio State University. He became an associate professor in 2000 and a professor in 2004. He began serving as the college’s associate dean for research in 2005 and also led the university’s Institute for Energy and the Environment. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Washington served as interim dean of the Ohio State engineering school, one of the largest in the country.

A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Washington is a New York City native who attended high school in North Carolina. He earned bachelor’s (1989) and master’s degrees (1991) and his PhD (1994), all in mechanical engineering, at North Carolina State University. He is a member of the NC State Engineering Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Dolly Oberoi is the CEO of C2Technologies, an education technology, learning/training, Simulation & Modeling firm, serving Defense, Aerospace, Civilian, Commercial and Academic clients world-wide.

As a pioneer in online learning, sim & modeling, thought-leader, innovator, and entrepreneur, Ms. Oberoi has dedicated her company's mission to improve human performance. Her pioneering work in online learning has helped organizations transition from the traditional chalkboard to electronic learning environments and developing transformative enterprise-wide learning/training and talent management solutions.

As an entrepreneur, Ms. Oberoi served the industry with distinction in the areas of online education, modeling, simulation, AR/VR, AI, Machine Learning, Robotics, Data Analytics, and human capital management completing more than 15,000 projects for 150 plus clients, employing 700 employees in more than 22 locations globally, and winning over 150 industry awards including NOVA Chamber's GovCon entrepreneur of the Year and E&Y.

Ms. Oberoi has spread the seeds of entrepreneurship by mentoring small businesses and has an incubator and an accelerator. She launched the annual entrepreneurship Boot camps for women and students.

Ms. Oberoi is published and a frequent speaker at international conferences. She serves on several academic and corporate boards, including the George Mason University (GMU) Foundation Board of Trustees; Barnard College of Columbia University, Athena Leadership Board; University of Maryland Baltimore County, School Education, Board of Advisors; Smithsonian AAPI Board, and TiE Global Board and the Oberoi Education Society.

She is also the recipient of several international awards, including, NOVA Chamber's GovCon’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year; Washington Business Journal's Innovation Awards, Pride of India; E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Women Who Mean Business; and the prestigious Spencer Logan award.

Ms. Oberoi earned her master’s degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

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