Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda at the online learning company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. on May 12, 2020.
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As the pandemic left millions of workers unemployed, Coursera—led by CEO Jeff Maggioncalda—was uniquely positioned to help. The online learning platform hosts over 3,000 courses and certificate programs, on subjects from successful negotiation to the science of COVID-19. As part of its Workforce Recovery Initiative, it offered most of them to jobless workers around the world for free through 2020. Meanwhile, Coursera also launched the Campus Response Initiative, providing university students free access to its course catalog for about six months of 2020. The company went public in March.

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