Udemy CEO takes to the Fortune Global Forum stage

Panelists Daphne Koller (Coursera), Alan Arkatov (USC), Dennis Yang (Udemy) and moderator Susanna Schrobsdorff (assistant managing editor, TIME) at Fortune Global Forum 2015. Photograph by Stuart Isett/Fortune Global Forum

Panelists Daphne Koller (Coursera), Alan Arkatov (USC), Dennis Yang (Udemy) and moderator Susanna Schrobsdorff (assistant managing editor, TIME) at Fortune Global Forum 2015.
Photograph by Stuart Isett/Fortune Global Forum

Our CEO Dennis Yang traded his customary Udemy fleece for a suit and tie and mingled with big names at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum here in San Francisco. The exclusive, invite-only event brings together Global 500 CEOs, innovators, technologists, investors, and other experts to discuss topics around the theme of “Winning in the Disruptive Century.” We were pretty excited that Dennis was included in this high-profile group of leaders from 32 countries and dozens of industries.

Dennis shared the stage for a panel on “Digital Learning: Tech Meets Education” with Daphne Koller, president and cofounder of Coursera, and Alan Arkatov, Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Innovation, Rossier School of Education at USC. Their lively conversation, moderated by TIME Magazine’s assistant managing editor Susanna Schrobsdoff, covered how technology will reshape the way individuals prepare for the workforce and continue learning in their jobs.

Among the other sessions attracting attention was a talk featuring Marc Andreessen of VC firm Andreessen-Horowitz and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Some sparks flew between Andreessen and Fortune editor Alan Murray when the conversation got onto whether technology is fueling economic inequality, but everyone basically agreed that technology is and will continue to be a power for good in broadening access to quality education. Dennis will help move that dialog along when he participates in Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, CO, next summer.

Dennis is going to have to stay in business attire for a while longer. Next week he’ll be in New York City for another invitation-only event: the RBC Capital Markets’ 2015 Technology, Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference.