Annual Summit - Connecting the Dots

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Center for Education and Workforce
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will hold its annual education and workforce summit on September 17 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the National Chamber Foundation will bring together leaders in business, education, and workforce development to discuss issues which are vital to America’s competitiveness.

Connecting the Dots: Education, Policy, Workforce will bridge the gap between creating policies and the dynamic and challenging road to implementation. Now, more than ever, the future of business in the United States depends on our education and training systems and their ability to adapt to changes in technology, demographics, globalization, legislation, and other forces affecting our society and our economy.

The Summit will also launch our Profiles of Change video series, highlighting leaders across the country who have made unique and inspirational efforts to improve education within their individual communities. 

At the Summit you will:

  • Position your Company  Strengthen brand recognition among experts and leaders in business, education, and workforce communities.

  • Build your Network  Develop new relationships and expertise with over 400 active colleagues from around the country.

  • Meet the Experts Connect with influential thought leaders shaping programs and policies on the national, state, and local levels.

Keynote address

The Honorable Bill Haslam - Governor of Tennessee

Elected in 2010, Gov. Bill Haslam is the 49th governor of Tennessee. His priorities in office are making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs; pursuing real education reform, both in K-12 and higher education; and working to make state government more customer-focused, efficient and effective. A Knoxville native and former mayor of his hometown, Haslam’s key initiatives have included overhauling the state’s civil service laws to emphasize performance over seniority, and to recruit, retain, and reward the best and brightest to serve in state government. He has changed the way tenure works for teachers and has expanded charter school options. Haslam has balanced the budget all three years and has worked with the General Assembly to lower the sales tax on food and the Hall Income tax on seniors, as well as phasing out the inheritance tax to help small business owners and family farmers. The governor and his wife of 32 years, Crissy, have three children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and a grandson.

 

Speakers include 

Campbell Brown - Co-Founder, The Parents' Transparency Project

Campbell Brown is a writer and award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and Slate, and who has also covered stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News. Through her writing and reporting on education issues, Brown became a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform. Brown is the co-founder of the Parents Transparency Project, a non-profit watchdog group on behalf of parents seeking information and accountability from the teachers’ unions and Department of Education on actions impacting children in schools. Previously, Brown hosted the primetime nightly news program, Campbell Brown for CNN, and spent 11 years at NBC News where she served as White House Correspondent and primary substitute anchor for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. Brown also hosted the Weekend Edition of the Today Show.

Kenneth L. Campbell - President, Black Alliance for Educational Options

Kenneth L. Campbell, a founding board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), has served as president of the organization since January 2010. Since 2000, BAEO has worked to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families. Previously, Campbell led Louisiana’s charter school efforts as the founding director of charter schools at the Louisiana Department of Education. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he helped engineer the rebuilding of New Orleans’s education infrastructure through charter schools and implemented innovative strategies to transform failing schools across the state into higher performing charter schools. 

Carlos Contreras - U.S education manager, Intel Corporation

As U.S. education manager for Intel, Contreras develops the Intel U.S. education strategy, working with others to drive education policy change at the national level. He oversees Intel’s education programs in the United States, which include grants to encourage excellence in math, science, and engineering in K–12 as well as higher education and use of technology in the classroom. Prior to this role, Contreras spent 10 years working in finance at Intel.

Amanda Ripley - Journalist and Author

Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic and other magazines. She is the author, most recently, of The Smartest Kids in the World--and How They Got That Way. For Time and The Atlantic, she has chronicled the stories of kids, parents and teachers, writing cover stories on the college of the future, the politics of education reform and the science of motivating children. She has visited schools on four continents and interviewed hundreds of students, teachers and parents. Amanda's work has also appeared in Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and the Times of London. Her work has helped Time win two National Magazine Awards. She is currently an Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.

Margaret Spellings - Former U.S. Secretary of Education; President, George W. Bush Foundation

Margaret Spellings serves as President of the George W. Bush Foundation in Dallas, TX. In this position she is responsible for strategic planning, development, management and implementation of all foundation initiatives, including policy programs on economic growth, education reform, global health, and special initiatives focused on women and military service. Prior to this, she was senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. From 2005 to 2009 Spellings served as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Prior to serving in the Cabinet, Spellings was the Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to the President of the United States of America from 2001 to 2005.

Juan Williams - Journalist, Author, and Political Analyst

Juan Williams is one of America's leading political writers and thinkers. He is now a top political analyst for Fox News and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday. He is a former award-winning Washington Post columnist, White House correspondent, and NPR senior news correspondent. In addition to prize-winning op-ed columns and editorial writing for the Washington Post, he has also authored seven books, including three best sellers. His most recent book is Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.

Other speakers include

Bill Allen, President and CEO, Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

Pearl Chang Esau, President & CEO, Expect More Arizona

Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS (Tata Consultancy Services)

David Harris, President, The Mind Trust

Kim Hauer, Chief Human Resource Officer and Vice President of Human Services, Caterpillar, Inc.

Peter Hutchinson, Management Consulting Strategy Lead, Accenture

Wilbert "Wil" James, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc.

Richard Laine, Director, Education Division, National Governors Association

Patrick McCarthy, Executive Director, ExxonMobil Foundation

Cheryl Oldham, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Renee Patton - U.S. Public Sector Director of Education, Cisco

Andrew J. Rotherham - Co-founder and partner, Bellwether Education

Athena Turner, Executive Director, Teach for America- Memphis, TN

Agenda

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Cheryl Oldham, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Education and Workforce program

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of a Strong Education System

  • The Honorable Margaret Spellings, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; President, George W. Bush Foundation

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Cutting to the Core: The Business Case for Common Core State Standards

The United States outspends most other countries on its students, yet the business community still cannot find qualified workers to fill open jobs. The successful implementation of college and career ready standards is critical for American business leaders and the future of our economy.

  • Carlos Contreras, U.S. Education Director, Intel Corporation

  • Patrick McCarthy, Executive Director, ExxonMobil Foundation

  • Renee Patton, Director of Education, Cisco Systems

Moderator: Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-founder and partner, Bellwether Education

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Moving Forward: Tennessee's Story

  • Governor Bill Haslam, State of Tennessee

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Lunch

  • Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Addressing the Skills Gap Keynote

  • Kim Hauer, Chief Human Resource Officer and Vice President of Human Services, Caterpillar, Inc.

1:50 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Addressing the Skills Gap panel

This panel will discuss active strategies that aim to help close the skills gap. Business and higher education leaders will discuss how their respective organizations are working to address these issues and how their efforts can be amplified for greater impact.

  • Bill Allen, President and CEO, Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

  • Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services

  • Peter Hutchinson, Management Consulting Strategy Lead, Accenture

  • Wilbert 'Wil' James, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc.

Moderator: Andy Van Kleunen, Executive Director, National Skills Coalition

3:05 p.m - 3:15 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

National Governors Association "America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs"

  • Richard Laine, Director, Education Division, National Governors Association

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Profiles of Change: The unveiling of the new education reform destination where YOU are the change-maker:

  • Ken Campbell, President, Black Alliance for Educational Options

  • Pearl Chang Esau, Executive Director, Expect More Arizona

  • David Harris, President, Mind Trust

  • Athena Turner, Executive Director, Teach for America, Memphis, TN

Moderator: Juan Williams, Journalist, Author, Political Analyst, FoxNews

5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Closing Keynote

  • Campbell Brown, Co-Founder, Parents' Transparency Project

5:20 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

 

Location

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062

Area hotels | Directions to the Chamber

Questions?

Please contact Jaimie Matthews at jkmatthews@uschamber.com