2015 Conference on Education

August 13, 2015


Registration is closed

 Gold Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

Carolina Biological Supply Company

Bronze Sponsors:

Broyhill Family Foundation


When: Thursday, August 13, 2015
>  Bonus Preliminary Session: 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
>  Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center | 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

Who: CEOs, COOs, HR Professionals, Hiring Managers, School Leaders, Educators, and Students

Cost: Member Ticket $125 | Non-Member Ticket $175 |Educator, Counselor or Student Ticket $65

What:  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 7th 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

7:45 – 8:30 am
Optional Prelim Session: K-12 Reimagined: If we were designing our K-12 system today, what would it look like?
Ed Croom, Superintendent, Johnston County Schools

Walter Dalton, President, Isothermal Community College
Sam Houston, President, NC STEM
Caroline McCullen, Director of Education Initiatives, SAS
Rob Tomlinson, Whiting-Turner
Melanie Chernoff, Senior Government and Community Affairs Manager, Red Hat
Moderator:  Sharon Delaney McCloud, Managing Partner, Greenroom Communications LLC

8:30 am

Brett Peterson

Brett Peterson

8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Lew Ebert, President and CEO, North Carolina Chamber
Joydeep Ganguly, Vice President and General Manager, Biogen (Presenting Sponsor)

9:00 am
Transforming Schools Through Practical Applications
Brett Peterson, Director, The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High

Dr. Jeni Corn

Dr. Jeni Corn

9:40 am
Digital Learning Initiative

Dr. Jeni Corn, Director of Evaluation Programs, Friday Institute for Education Innovation

10:10 am

10:25 am
Business and Education Town Hall Discussion
Superintendent June Atkinson, NC Department of Public Instruction
Lisa Zannoni, Global Head, Regulatory Affairs & Stewardship, Syngenta
Steve Hill, Director, STEM East
Gena Renfrow, NC Administrator, Biogen Foundation, Biogen
Will Sutton, Executive VP and Director, BB&T, Leadership Institute
Peter Hans, Former Chair, UNC Board of Governors
Moderator:  Sharon Delaney McCloud, Managing Partner, Greenroom Communications LLC

11:10 am
Blended Learning and Career Development
Dr. Raj Ramachandran, VP of Channel Partnerships, Apollo Education Group

Governor McCrory

Governor McCrory

11:40 am
Lunch and Remarks from Governor McCrory (Noon)

12:30 pm
Education and Economic Competitiveness – Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow 
Terry Holliday, Ph. D., Commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of Kentucky

1:00 pm
Hire Standards Coalition Update
Andrew Meehan, Coalition Manager, Hire Standards, NC

Steve Lassiter

Steve Lassiter

1:15 pm
School Leadership
Steve Lassiter, Pitt County Schools, NC Principal of the Year

1:40 pm

1:45 pm
The Best Talent Development Program You Know Nothing About: NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities
Jo Anne Honeycutt, Director, Career and Technical Education, NC Department of Public Instruction

2:15  p.m.
Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert

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