Dr. Parminder K. Jassal
Dr. Jassal is the founding director of the Work + Learn Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, a fellow with the Forum on the Future of Education and Employment, and Co-Founder of SocialTech.ai, a public benefit corporation that supports working learners. Dr. Jassal aspires to an equitable, sustainable future by investigating three intersecting lenses: the innovations of open economies, the changing role of people in their environments, and the relationship between learning and working. Her earliest perspectives are shaped by stints at Fortune 50 companies like Ford Motor Company, Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, and Lucent Technologies. She also started her own companies, ranging from restaurants to technology, including The Bombay House Restaurant, East Indian Trading Café, and Technology Solutions and Consulting.
After joining forces with another start-up, International Network Services, Dr. Jassal landed in economic development in greater Louisville. She went on to join a start-up team for the postsecondary success strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was eventually named the Founding Executive Director of the ACT Foundation, where she published “The New Learning Economy and the Rise of Working Learners.”
Dr. Jassal’s life reflects the world economy; she was born in London, completed high school in India, and attended college in the United States. She speaks three languages and serves on boards across the globe. Her postsecondary experiences began with an associate’s degree from Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. While transitioning from the for-profit to the philanthropic sector, Dr. Jassal earned her doctorate in higher education with a focus on technology and economics from the University of Louisville.