Michelle R. Weise is the author of Long Life Learning and Hire Education. She specializes in the future of learning and work in the age of longevity. 


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2021 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature


UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association) awarded Long Life Learning the 2021 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, which recognizes the author and publisher of an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature. 


“Michelle Weise has a knack for distilling the complexities of education, labor, and policy into an integrated approach to building a more hopeful future of work. Weise skillfully links the individual stories of working-age adults to the underlying patterns of dysfunction in the U.S. labor market. In Long-life Learning, Weise shows that the future of work is here, and that we need to act now to construct a learning-to-earning system that works for everyone.”

Byron Auguste, CEO and Co-founder, Opportunity@Work


"Michelle makes a brilliant case not just for the necessity of adults investing in learning throughout their lives, but also for the creation of a new system that systematically supports them across their lives as they do so. This book begins to lay out the puzzle pieces of what that new system should look like."

Michael B. Horn, Author of Choosing College


“In Long-Life Learning, Michelle Weise articulates the critical need for adults to access an ever evolving menu of learning and workforce skills development to remain relevant in the future economy and a 100-year work life.”

Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner, GSV Ventures


“A prescient exploration of higher education’s coming shift from ‘all you can eat in one sitting’ to ‘what you need when you need it’ by one of the most creative and respected thinkers in the field.”

Ryan Craig, Author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College


“Without hand-wringing about the rise of automation, or finger-pointing at our current systems of education and employment, Long-Life Learning advances a vision of the future that puts the needs of workers at the center. Recasting us all as 'working learners,' Michelle Weise illustrates not just the value of repeated returns to learning, but the critical importance of seamlessly interweaving education and work throughout our careers.”

Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO, Futuro Health


“Weise brings sky-high projections about the future of work down to earth with forward-looking and actionable steps to advance career-focused learning and training. Her examination of higher education goes beyond the usual calls for change to demonstrate how burgeoning innovations are laying the foundation of a learning ecosystem of the future—flexible enough for all people—to move consistently in and out of learning and work.”

Joseph Fuller, Professor, Harvard Business School and former CEO Monitor Group


“By examining economic trends, innovations in education and hiring, and the lived experiences of working learners, Weise reveals the shortcomings of our fragmented education and workforce systems and challenges us to reimagine the future of learning. Weise demonstrates how and why we must all become working learners, and presents a clear, optimistic vision for a new learning ecosystem in which we can all take part.”

Maria Flynn, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future


"Long-Life Learning is a lifeboat for those of us swimming in the sea of confusing--and often contradicting--narratives about the future of learning, working, and living. Throughout, Michelle brings thoughtful and diverse evidence to bear on a host of pressing challenges facing not just schools but all of society and offers a deeply integrative set of insights from her years as a student of disruptive innovation to chart a better way forward—robots and all."

Brian Fleming, Vice President of Innovation and Strategy, Southern New Hampshire University