The Race to the Top: Education and Skills for a Stronger America

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 7:30am to 7:30pm
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

ICW’s 2009 National Education and Workforce Summit—The Race
to the Top: Education and Skills for a Stronger America
together a broad group of representatives from chambers of commerce, businesses, and non-profits, as well as leading government officials on November 9th in Washington, DC.

This Summit announced the findings from Leaders and Laggards—a State-by-State Report Card on Educational Reform. More information about Leaders and Laggards can be found at:

Nov. 9 Agenda

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

8:05 a.m. The Honorable Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
8:45 a.m.

Presentation of New Leaders and Laggards Report Card
Speakers Include:

  • Thomas J. Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • John Podesta, President & CEO, Center for American Progress
9:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Findings and Methodology
Speakers Include:

  • Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President,
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy,
    Center for American Progress
  • Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies,
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Ulrich Boser, Research Director, Leaders and Laggards Report Card
11:00 a.m.

Investing in Education and the Workforce: ARRA Funds and the Role of the Business Community
Speakers Include:

  • Gerri Fiala, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Moderator: Victor F. Klatt, III, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc. and Former GOP Staff Director for the House Education and Labor Committee
12:00 p.m.

ICW Leadership Awards Luncheon

1:15 p.m.

Views from the States
Speakers Include:

  • Karen Bruett, Senior Director, Strategic Alliances and Marketing,Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Todd Huston, Chief of Staff, Indiana Department of Education
  • Phyllis Hudecki, Executive Director, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition
  • Moderator: Judith Rizzo, Executive Director and CEO, The James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
2:30 p.m.

Supporting Superintendents: Business and Education Partnerships with Purpose
Speakers Include:

  • Wanda Bamberg, Superintendent, Aldine Public Schools
  • Joel Klein, Chancellor, NYC Public Schools
  • Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Moderator: Stefanie Sanford, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4:00 p.m.

Business Call to Action
Speakers Include:

  • Ann Cramer, Director, IBM Americas
  • Michael Edwards, President and CEO, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Gerald McElvy, President, ExxonMobil Foundation
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception