April 8–10
ASU GSV Summit

At a Glance

JFF joins leading innovators in education and workforce as a ASU GSV X sponsor. You’re invited as we showcase some of the most exciting ideas and organizations.

April 8–10, 2019

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101

ASU GSV, to be held April 8-10 in San Diego, is a leading gathering of innovators in the education and workforce innovation space.

This year, JFF joins the event as a program sponsor, bringing our 35-year history of deep programmatic and policy work across education and workforce systems to build a bridge to the private sector, including corporations, mission-aligned startups, and other voices.

JFF is showcasing the work of JFFLabs, highlighting how we’re connecting traditional systems with private sector leaders, innovative companies, and visionary entrepreneurs to catalyze the critical work of preparing today’s workforce for the economy and careers of tomorrow. Along with other special events and gatherings, JFFLabs will feature three flagship programs including the $1B Wage Gain Challenge pitch competition, presentations from our first Social Impact Acceleration partners, as well as a private lunch hosted by our Corporate Action Platform (email labs@jff.org, for details). Here’s an overview of the events happening in Golden Hill B, 3rd flr, and more detailed information on each.

  • Monday, April 8: $1B Wage Gain Challenge pitches, 2–4:30 p.m. PT

  • Monday, April 8: Acceleration Partner presentations, 5-6:15 p.m. PT

  • Tuesday April 9: Corporate Action Session, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT. Please contact labs@jfflabs.org if you are interested in attending.

Addressing Wage Stagnation

Despite an improving economy, many Americans see their work contributions met with a small slice of the nation’s income. The $1 Billion Wage Gain Challenge is based on the belief that wage gains are a linchpin to America’s long-term economic strength. With support from Schmidt Futures, we called on innovators, educators, policymakers, and employers to share ideas that would raise the annual wages of at least 100,000 workers by $10,000 or more before the end of 2021—a total impact of $1 billion. At ASU GSV, seven finalists will present their ideas to a panel of VIP judges for the chance to be selected as the challenge winner. Learn more about the finalists in a blog on JFF.org. Details:

  • When: 2–4:30 p.m. PT, Monday, April 8

  • Where: Golden Hill B, 3rd floor



Partner Impact

The retail and service sectors are particularly primed to improve economic advancement for both workers and business by developing frontline talent. To help workers in these systems, JFFLabs, with support from Walmart, selected four companies as Work-Based Learning Acceleration Partners to expand and improve their business operations and strategy, new market exposure and traction, and products. At ASU GSV, these partners will tell our collective story of JFF Acceleration services to new audiences. Details:

  • When: Monday, April 8, 5-6:15 p.m. PT 
  • Where: Golden Hill B, 3rd flr



Companies as Platforms for the Economic Advancement of Workers

Economic mobility is a defining challenge of our time. When leading businesses adopt inclusive talent strategies and practices, the economic livelihood of millions of Americans will improve - all while benefiting the corporate bottom line. We will explore this issue alongside forward-thinking companies who are digging in on this work. Our session will include an overview of the issue, followed by candid panel discussion with corporate leaders. Panelists include:


  • What: The Advancement Imperative: How Leading Companies Invest in the Economic Mobility of Their Workforce and Create Business Value

  • When: Tuesday, April 9, 10-11:30 a.m. PT

  • Who: Private event, email labs@jff.org for details.


  • Jennie Sparandara, Head of Workforce Strategies, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


  • Shana DeSmit, Vice President, Regional General Manager, Walmart

  • Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, Comcast

  • Steven Johnson, Director of Associate Career Development, Amazon

About ASU GSV Summit

The ASU GSV Summit celebrates its 10th year as the most important convening of leaders across the global “pre-K to gray” education and workforce innovation sector on April 8-10 in San Diego.

More than 4,500 education, workforce, and business leaders are expected at the summit, including 400+ learning and workforce technology CEOs from across the globe, 400+ investors, 400+ pre-K through grade 12 leaders, 400+ higher ed leaders, and 400+ chief learning and talent officers, policymakers, foundation leaders, and social entrepreneurs.