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#32: Graduation: So What?

In our country, there is a popular sentiment that going to college immediately following high school is not only the appropriate next step, but a fundamental bridge to securing one’s dream career. That said, is post-secondary education really the single most important determining factor for economic prosperity?  Tune in to this week’s episode as our hosts interview Bob Schwartz, Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty member and co-author of the Pathways to Prosperity report, as they discuss the importance of technical skills in future career attainment.


Robert Schwartz held a wide variety of leadership positions in education and government before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty in 1996. In his previous lives, Schwartz served as President of Achieve, Inc., an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization created by governors and corporate leaders to help states improve their schools, and directed the education grantmaking program of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Schwartz has written and spoken widely on topics such as standards-based reform, public-private partnerships, and the transition from high school to adulthood.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is a senior research analyst and principal at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank. He leads the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games. He was recognized in Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team in the leisure (2005, 2007-2010), software (2005, 2007-2011) and Internet (2011) categories. He frequently appears on CNBC and at industry conferences, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.