2016 Conference on Education

August 18, 2016

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Presented by:

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Gold Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

Carolina Biological Supply Company
Fidelity Investments

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Educator Sponsors:

AT&T North Carolina
Wells Fargo


NC Client Assistance Program
North Carolina A&T State University


What: 2016 Conference on Education
Today’s employers are ever more aware of the need for effective education systems at all levels to ensure students are prepared for the 21st-century global marketplace. This event brings together educators and business leaders to share ideas and collaborate on the roles each can play in ensuring the state’s students are college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow. Subjects to be addressed include success stories from inside the classroom, aligned assessments and higher academic standards for North Carolina.

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

When: Thursday, August 18 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC
The NC Chamber has a block of rooms reserved at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center for a special rate of $135 per night.  This rate is available until 5:00 pm on  July 24, 2016.  To reserve your room, call 866-716-8134.

Tickets (Prices go up on July 1*):

Chamber Member Ticket – $125.00 ($150*)
Non-Member Ticket – $175.00 ($250*)
Student, Educator or Counselor Ticket – $65.00 ($75*)


Draft Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Lew Ebert, President and CEO, North Carolina Chamber

8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Bridging Business and Education to Close Skills and Achievement Gaps in North Carolina
Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University

In this opening keynote, Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University, will address the skills gap in North Carolina, technological unemployment and how education is changing to deliver at the speed of business.

9:15 a.m.
Cliff Notes from the NC Chamber Foundation
Dr. Samuel H. Houston President and CEO North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Jo Anne Honeycutt, Director, Career and Technical Education, Department of Public Instruction
Andrew Meehan, Coalition Manager, HIRE Standards, NC
Leslie Boney, UNC System

You will hear updates on the UNC Internship Initiative, HIRE Standards Coalition, NC Works Certified Work Ready Communities, and STEM.

9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
Need Talent? Here’s a Map.
Dr. Pamela Howze, Director of Work Based Learning, Business and Veterans Services, NC Department of Commerce, NCWorks

Talent supply is a top of mind issue for North Carolina employers. In this session, you will learn about specialty programs around the state that can help develop your talent pipeline.

10:30 p.m.
North Carolina’s Key Thought Leaders: Their Vision for Education
Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina, NC Department of Public Instruction
Dr. James C. (Jimmie) Williamson, President, North Carolina Community College System
Peter Hans, Senior Adviser, UNC General Administration
Susan Gates, Special Advisor on Education, SAS Institute Inc.

Hear from state education leaders on their vision for education in North Carolina and how the business and education communities can come together to achieve this vision.

11:15 a.m.
Local Leadership: The Key to Success
Bobbie Cavnar, Gaston County Schools, 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Melody Chalmers, Cumberland County Schools, 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year
Dr. Freddie Williamson, Hoke County Schools, 2016 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year 
Dr. Samuel H. Houston, President and CEO North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (Moderator) 

In this panel discussion, you will hear from a teacher, a principal, and a superintendent on what works at the local level and what businesses can do to help.

11:45 a.m.
Lunch Keynote
Leading in Crisis: The Joplin Schools Story
Dr. C.J. Huff, Retired Superintendent of Joplin Schools

Dr. C.J. Huff shares his story of tragedy and triumph as he led Joplin Schools through the response and recovery effort following the most costly tornado in U.S. history that hit the community of Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. The content of this presentation is both emotional and inspirational. Filled with wit and wisdom, he shares his journey and the leadership lessons learned from his very personal experience.

1:00 p.m.
Innovative Practices for Ensuring all Students have the Opportunity to Succeed
Melanie Sanders, Producer & Media Trainer, Greenroom Communications LLC (Moderator)
Eric Sanchez, Henderson Collegiate
Dr. Ashlie Thompson, Vernon Malone College and Career Academy
Dr. Eric Hall, Communities in Schools of North Carolina
Dr. Janet Mason, Superintendent, Rutherford County Schools

In this panel discussion, you will hear from educators across the state who are using creative practices to help students succeed. You will learn how these programs are helping to meet workforce needs and how businesses can become involved.

1:45 p.m.
From Classroom to Career
Melanie Sanders, Producer & Media Trainer, Greenroom Communications LLC (Moderator)
Jeff Frederick, Vice President of Human Resources, Purolator Advanced Filtration Group
Tina Wilson, Manager IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
Lisa Lassiter, Administrator of Vidant Health Careers, Vidant Health
Tracy Autry, NCWorks Career Coach

Learn how businesses are assisting students to transition from school to careers. This panel discussion will highlight success stories and provide you with ideas you can replicate in your community.

2:30 p.m.
Closing Comments
Lew Ebert, President and CEO, North Carolina Chamber

Continuing Education Credit

The North Carolina Chamber is committed to providing high-quality, experience-based education programs to our attendees. The number of continuing education credits attendees earn are determined by the number and length of the sessions they attend, based on a 50-minute hour. Attendees who complete a sign-in form onsite will be provided with a certificate indicating the number of credit hours to be awarded.

5 Hours

Live Group Study



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