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Charlotte summit to engage business sector with education community on June 11-12

America’s Promise Alliance, along with 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 first summit will convene in Charlotte, N.C. from June 11-12.

During the summit, business leaders and educators across the country will cultivate and strengthen business partnerships committed to great education in their communities. The summits will move past generalities to help business and educators achieve their shared goals of children's success, from cradle to career.

Speakers include:

  • Ann Clark, Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • The Honorable Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, former Governor of West Virginia
  • Charles Bowman, Market President of North Carolina & Charlotte, Bank of America
  • Cheryl Carrier, Program Director, 21st Century Education Programs for Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
  • Denise Watts, Project L.I.F.T Zone Superintendent
  • Drew Scheberle, Senior Vice President for Education and Talent Development, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Pridmore, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
  • Joyce Walters, CEO & Founder, Corporate Education Strategies
  • Kathy Payne, Director, Education Leadership, State Farm
  • Linda Noonan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
  • Margaret A. Smith, D.Ed., Superintendent of Schools Volusia County School District
  • Mary Wright, Associate Director, Workforce, The Conference Board
  • Stick Williams, SVP Environmental, Health & Safety, President, Duke Energy Foundation

Workshop topics include:

  • Scaling up: expanding programs to impact achievement
  • Policy advocacy: using the business voice to impact student achievement through policy change
  • Prioritizing investments: what types of issues and engagement is right for you
  • Metrics and evaluation: understanding how to create and track meaningful engagement
  • Communication and collaboration: how to make a business-education partnership work

The workshops will develop concrete ideas for involvement at a program and or policy level; a set of skills, tools, and ideas to become a more effective collaborator; and involvement in a long term effort to develop a knowledge base that business and education can use to inform and guide effective change and impact on student achievement.

This event is for business persons and educators, and there is no registration fee.