Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity- Albany, New York

Thursday, April 4, 2013

 

 

The Business Council of New York State, Inc., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for a Competitive Workforce, and the National Chamber Foundation are hosting a “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity” tour stop in Albany to discuss education reform in local communities and inspire local leaders to become catalysts for change.

Approximately three million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled. It’s apparent that major reforms are necessary to remedy this skills gap. We must better prepare our workforce for the 21st century economy and nurture “soft skills,” such as critical thinking and communications, among our nation’s youth. After graduating from high school, students are often ill-equipped to become successful in college and the work world.

It’s crucial that local communities — businesses, elected officials, parents, and education leaders — all work in partnership to ensure that students have all the skills they need for success beyond high school.

Success on Main Street depends on success in the classroom. Please join us in a dialogue on how businesses can help fix the skills gap and play an integral role in education reform.

Agenda

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

  • Cheryl A. Oldham, Vice President
    Institute for a Competitive Workforce
    U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
 

College and Career Readiness: Where New York Stands

Moderator:

  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO, The Business Council

Panelists:

  • Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President, Schenectady County Community College

  • Anthony G. Collins, Ph.D., President, Clarkson University

  • Christine G. Sharkey, Director of Community Affairs, Corning Incorporated

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
 

Refreshment Break
 

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Trailer of Movie “Won’t Back Down”

  • Cheryl A. Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce, U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

How Can a Community Become More Involved in Education?

Moderator:

  • Cheryl A. Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce, U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Panelists:

  • Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association

  • Dennis M. Richardson, President & CEO, Hillside Family of Agencies

  • Paul S. Speranza, Jr., Vice Chairman, General Counsel & Secretary, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Remarks

  • Margaret Spellings, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

 

Register now!

Location:

The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Albany, New York

For more information contact Ellen Muir Clickner at 800.358.1202 or ellen.clickner@bcnys.org.