America’s Promise Alliance and our partners GlaxoSmithKline, State Farm, Target, and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company are convening four Business-Education Collaborative Summits, for business and education leaders interested in being effective partners for public education. The sessions will orient participants to effective ways to engage with the schools, supply case studies of proven programs, and highlight criteria businesses can use in deciding which efforts fit well with their interests. The summits will move past generalities to help business and educators achieve their shared goals of children's success, from cradle to career.

At these events, national, state and district-level speakers will:

  • Offer practical, hands-on training to address common issues and challenges
  • Give a clear assessment of education reform topics relevant to business
  • Showcase effective partnerships from the school to the district levels
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to share ideas with each other

Participants will also provide input to the creation of an ongoing technical assistance initiative that can continue to support their efforts in the coming years.

Summit Dates and Locations

Charlotte, NC: June 11-12, 2012 

Boston, MA: September 13-14, 2012

Denver, CO: December 3-4, 2012

Los Angeles, CA: January 2013 (cancelled)

In lieu of a fourth summit in Los Angeles, America's Promise along with sponsors GlaxoSmithKline, State Farm, Target, and the Ritz-Carlton have decided to develop business-specific sessions as part of the Building a Grad Nation Summit on February 24-26 in Washington, D.C. The summit will bring together a select group of business leaders, practitioners, community leaders, educators and policymakers to focus seriously on how we can supercharge efforts on behalf of young people.  This is a terrific opportunity for business people who are becoming leaders on education in their communities to learn cutting-edge trends, hear success stories, and learn lessons that will help them become a more effective partner in improving education.

  • If you are a business person and wish to attend the summit or would like to nominate a business leader to attend, please contact William Carpluk at williamc@americaspromise.org.

Social Media

Participants are encouraged to live tweet during the summits to share highlights from the plenaries and breakouts. Please use the hashtag #BizEdSummit and keep the conversation going online.