Chike Aguh

Head of Economic Mobility Pathways, Education Design Lab & Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard

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  • Thought-leader who has spoken at the White House, SXSWEdU, and featured in Forbes, CNN Money, Fast Money, among others
  • Served as McChrystal Group’s subject matter expert on the future of work
  • Consults with major corporations to help them better built and implement their strategies
  • Uses a mix of case studies, anecdotes, and hard data to deliver powerful insights on business strategy execution and technology’s impact on the future of work for all

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Chike Aguh (Chee-kay Ah-Goo) works across sectors on creating a future of work for all.  He is the inaugural Head of Economic Mobility Pathways for the Education Design Lab where he focuses on creating innovative models to bring together higher education and employers to create a future of work for all.  He leads the Community College Growth Engine Fund, an innovative, tri-sector, and multimillion dollar effort turning community colleges into levers for dignified work for every American learner and worker, starting with 3,000 in 6 communities. 

Chike is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he is writing a book on the future of work and racial equity, and Venture Partner at MD-based New Markets Venture Partners focused on workforce technologies.  He is also Senior Advisor for Social Impact to Baltimore-based upskilling technology startup Catalyte and its Retrain America effort to retrain 10,000 unemployed workers in Maryland; faculty member at Columbia University; and Fellow at Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation.

Previously, he worked as an education policy official under the Mayor of New York, 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, Fulbright Scholar in Thailand researching education and skills, director of corporate strategy at Education Advisory Board (EAB), CEO of a national social enterprise which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans to affordable internet and digital skills, and Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group, a business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal.  He has also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Future of Work Taskforce, expert advisor to the American AI Forum, and inaugural Future of Work Fellow at the International Society for Technology in Education.

Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (MBA). He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar; former Council on Foreign Relations term member; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and the Washington Business Journal; former member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors and Advisory Board Chair of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Chike and his work have been featured at or in the White House, Harvard, Forbes, Wired Magazine, US News and World Report and Fast Company. Chike, his wife and their son proudly call Prince George’s County, MD home.

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Chike Aguh 2017 ConnectHome USA Summit Closing Remarks

Race to the Future: The Future of Work and Racial Equity. By 2030, new and novel technologies could automate a third of all jobs and irrevocably alter another third.   These new and novel technology-driven changes to the economy collide with persistent racial inequities that have been with us for time immemorial. In this engaging talk, Chike Aguh will draw upon his own background as a recognized expert on the future of work from his time as Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group working with some of the world’s largest organizations, Technology and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard, impact investor in workforce technologies, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations Future of Work taskforce to explore and focus on a single question: how can countries, companies, and organizations of all types create a future of work with economic dynamism, social justice and racial equity.   Through case studies, anecdotes, his research, and hard data, Chike will explore current trends at the intersection of the future of work and racial equity and more importantly outline real solutions to make sure the future of work is one for all of us. 

Crossing the Strategy Valley of Death: Ensuring Your Strategy Survives from Formation to Execution. According to Fortune Magazine in 2017, over 90% of corporate strategies are never fully implemented. The cause is not external but rooted in the sociology of organizations, leaders and teams.  In an engaging and interactive talk, Chike Aguh will explore the human and team factors that doom most corporate strategies and how strategies can last so that they survive from formation to execution. Chike will draw on over a decade of experience working across all sectors, cutting edge research from academia, and work at the McChrystal Group with some of the largest organizations in the world to share how organizations can proactively build a bridge across the strategy valley of death to success.

Themes include:

  • Common causes of strategy failure and elements of successful organizational strategy
  • Strategy lessons from across sectors
  • The habits of leaders and teams that can ensure strategy success

Making a Team of Teams for Social Impact: How to Achieve Collective Impact at Scale. To make any type of social impact today, one must work in concert with others across sectors and geography. However, these differences can impede social impact if not planned for and managed around.  In an engaging speech and using the Team of Teams framework of General Stanley McChrystal, Chike will draw on over a decade of experience working across all sectors, cutting edge research from academia and work at the McChrystal Group with some of the largest organizations in the world to show how any organization, particularly those working in coalition with others to make social change, can be more effective at making change in the world.  

Themes include:

  • Applying the Team of Teams Framework to social impact
  • Cross sector collaboration for social impact

The Future of Work: How to Avoid the Perils and Achieve the Promise By 2030, a third of all jobs will be automated and another third will be irrevocably changed. Technology has altered the ways that workers interact with each other and their organizations and those organizations must plan for how they will keep up. In this talk, Chike Aguh will draw upon his own background as a recognized expert on the future of work and his background at the McChrystal Group working with some of the world’s largest organizations to explore and focus on the key trends of the future of work and examine through case studies, anecdotes and hard data how organizations to avoid the pitfalls and achieve the promise of this new future of work that technology is bringing about. 

Themes include:

  • Upskilling and Reskilling
  • Gig economy
  • Technology disruption to current modes of work
  • Multi-generational workplace

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