I’ve been working with public school educators a lot in recent weeks. Teachers, principals, superintendents and education scholars are all challenged to improve our education system. That makes the Darden School of Business’ upcoming conference, Education in the New Economy—all the more exciting for me. It takes place Friday, February 25, 2011 beginning at 9:00 AM and is presented by the Black Business Student Forum at Darden.
The 20th century economy was built on manufacturing power and scale, but the economic powers of the 21st century will be defined by an innovation economy anchored by an educated citizenry. The future of the American economy depends on our education system; a system that has prepared far too few to be the next generation of leaders. The gap in the education system that we have and the education system we need affects all facets of our society. Re-thinking this system is a collective responsibility.
The conference brings together a diverse group of experts from the education and business community, to thoroughly examine how schools prepare students to be successful in the workforce, and why the business community should be partners in this challenge. Highlights include:
- Lunch Keynote by Dr. Steve Perry, renowned educator, author, and contributor for CNN
- Keynote by Dr. Christopher B. Howard, the dynamic President of Hampden-Sydney College
- Amazing line up of panelists ranging from policy analysts, business leaders, consultants and entrepreneurs. Highlights: Dr. Pam Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, Secretary of Education for the State of Virginia Gerard Robinson.
- Great Darden alums, including Victor de la Paz, Nicole Lindsay, and James Temple. Tierney Fairchild will serve as a moderator.
- Darden School/Curry Education School Partnership for Leaders in Education will also support the conference as Senior Director William Robinson moderates a panel entitled “MBAs in the Schoolhouse.”
Come to this conference if you are a:
- Business-minded professional—you’ll gain insight into how public education systems are preparing the next generation of talent: YOUR next hires.
- Current student with an interest in education—come hear how others have successfully established careers in the intersection of business and education.
Come to Darden and check out this terrific event!