2014 Conference on Education

August 14, 2014

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Carolina Biological Supply Company
Fidelity Investments

Bronze Sponsors

Broyhill Family Foundation
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center | 4700 Emperor Drive, Durham

What: It’s 2030 > Who’s clocking in for work?
Education and talent supply are a key pillar in the North Carolina Chamber’s North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth & Securing North Carolina’s Future. Preparing tomorrow’s workforce by building and sustaining strong education development systems that are effective, agile, accountable, and continually produce a competitive, world-class workforce is a top priority for the Chamber. That is why your state chamber is hosting its 6th annual Conference on Education where we have a collaborative, productive dialogue with maximum participation from the education and business communities in our state. This conference will engage business leaders in a discussion of the role they can play in ensuring the state’s students are well-prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

In recognition of severe budget constraints brought on by the recession, we are providing an additional discount for educators and students. Please join us in shaping North Carolina’s future – one student at a time!

Educators may be eligible to earn continuing education credits for attending. Please check with your LEA for approval.

Draft Agenda:

8:30 am
Welcome/Open Remarks
Mr. Jim Simpson, NC Chamber

8:45 am
Welcome Remarks by Presenting Sponsor

9:00 am
An Education Conversation with Gov. Pat McCrory
Governor Pat McCrory

9:30 am
Workforce Development Reform – A Federal Perspective
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx

10:00 am
NCWorks Certified Communities
Leo Corbin, Director of Human Resources (Retired), Attends
Jo Anne Honeycutt, Director, Career and Technical Education, NC Department of Public Instruction
Kathy Howard, VP, Client and Workforce Development, NC’s Eastern Region
Debra Lyons, Vice President, Community & Economic Development, ACT (Moderator)

10:30 am

10:45 am
HIRE Standards NC – A Teacher’s Perspective
James E. Ford, MAT, World History Teacher, Garinger High School

11:15 am
Education and the Economy
Michael Heltzer, Government Affairs Manager, BASF
Kip Blakely, VP, Industry and Government Relations, TIMCO
Steve Brechbiel, Sr. Director, Community Relations & Global HR Communications, Quintiles
Brienne Pasick, Director, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals
Sam Houston, President/CEO, NC Science, Technology and Mathematics Education Center (Moderator)

11:45 am
Lunch and Keynote Address: Michael Cohen, President, Achieve, Inc.

Michael Cohen President, Achieve, Inc.

1:00 pm
Apprenticeships in NC – One Company’s Approach
Mr. Lukas Schoenwetter, Director Human Resources, Buhler Aeroglide

1:30 pm
Blended Learning Panel
Dr. Bill Carver, President, Nash Community College
Dr. Philip Kerstetter, President, University of Mount Olive
Dr. Raj Ramachandran, VP of Enterprise Solutions, University of Phoenix
Chancellor Sheri Everts, Appalachian State University

2:00 pm
The Future of Education in NC
Dr. June Atkinson, Superintendent, NC Department of Public Instruction

2:30 pm
The Future of Workforce Development Reform in NC
Rep. Julia Howard, NC General Assembly

3:00 pm
Closing remarks
Mr. Jim Simpson

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