Passing the Torch: New Leadership for Trilogy Boot Camps at 2U, Inc.


by Dan Sommer, Founder of Trilogy Education

Most entrepreneurs will tell you they want to change the world. Few get the opportunity to actually do it. When we started Trilogy Education, we never could have imagined the impact this company would make on so many lives and so many partners.

In just four years, Trilogy has redefined how the world’s leading universities are bridging digital skills gaps within their communities and around the globe. We’re powering over 120 market-driven boot camp programs in coding, data analytics, UX/UI, cybersecurity, and fintech in 50 cities worldwide. More than 20,000 adult learners from all backgrounds and experience levels have been impacted by our programs—people like Daniel Smith, Cesar Perez, and Darlene Holland. And now, as part of 2U, Inc., we’re helping our university partners make a transformational impact on more students, in more places, throughout more of their lives and careers. 

With our integration with 2U now well underway, I am excited to announce that I have decided to step away from day-to-day operations and transition into an advisory role to support 2U CEO and Cofounder Christopher “Chip” Paucek and the Trilogy team in the next phase of growth. I’m also thrilled to share that Trilogy Education’s long-time COO Greg Calverase will serve as Managing Director of Boot Camps at 2U to complete the integration and drive our path forward. 

From our first coding class at Rutgers to our latest fintech launches at Rice and Columbia, I’m proud of the work we’ve done, and I’m excited for the road ahead. In the next five years, over half of all employees will need upskilling to remain relevant in their careers. We’ve proven that by uniting universities, employers, and working adults in one network, it’s possible to expand access to market-driven education, increase social mobility, and develop a workforce that meets the needs of a fast-changing economy. We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can achieve when we work together, and I can’t wait to see Trilogy expand that impact as part of 2U.

Personally, I plan to support the next generation of entrepreneurs who are looking to have an impact on the world around them. If there is anything that I learned at Trilogy, it’s that if you set a clear vision for the impact that you want to have and surround yourself with a brilliant team who shares your passion to solve problems, anything is possible. 

Working alongside this team to shape the future of higher education has been a privilege. Thank you to each and every person who believed in our vision and continues to believe in the power of transformative education every day. As always, I am #TrilogyProud, and I will bring that pride with me in my next chapter as a 2U advisor. This next phase of growth for 2U, and particularly the Trilogy brand, is going to be a force to be reckoned with. #NoBackRow

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Dan Sommer is the Founder and former CEO of Trilogy Education, the world’s leading workforce accelerator. Trilogy has rapidly grown under Dan’s leadership since its launch in 2015, empowering 50 top universities to upskill over 20,000 working adults in high-demand tech fields and closing the digital skills gap for over 2,000 companies globally. Prior to founding Trilogy, Dan served as Zeta Interactive’s President of Global Education where he led the company’s growth and expansion within the education sector. Prior to Zeta, Dan served as CEO and Chairman of Study Interactive, an Innovative International ‘School as a Service’ provider that partners with International Universities to bring their programs online. Dan is a graduate of Cornell University and remains an active alumnus. He led the creation and development of Student Agencies eLab, an accelerator serving high potential Cornell University entrepreneurs.


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