2017 Conference on Education

August 10, 2017

Presented by

Gold Sponsors


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.

Get engaged: #WorkReadyNC


What: Conference on Education
When: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel | 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC

Registration and Sponsorships


Ticket Pricing:

Educators (Teachers-in-training, Teachers, School Administrators & Counselors): Early-Bird $75 | Regular $85 | Late $95
Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225
Non-Members: Early-Bird $300 | Regular $325 | Late $350

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Thursday, July 20. Regular ticket pricing ends on Friday, August 4. Registration closes on August 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Contact Beth Shore or call 919-836-1406 for more sponsorship information.

Draft Agenda

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Welcome from Presenting Sponsor

Margaret Spellings, President, University of North Carolina

8:45 a.m.
Strengthening North Carolina’s Education Continuum

Margaret Spellings, President, University of North Carolina

9:15 a.m.
Third-Grade Reading Proficiency: Transforming the Workforce through Early Literacy
Dale Jenkins, CEO, Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina
Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina
Jim Hansen, Regional President, Eastern Carolinas, PNC Bank
Gary Salamido, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, North Carolina Chamber (moderator)

High-quality pre-K programs can significantly improve student readiness for kindergarten and success in school. This panel of experts will discuss several policy steps to ensure reading proficiency by third grade and how businesses can play a critical role in support of education from birth.

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
K-12: Strategies for Workforce Readiness
Dr. Elaine Franklin, Director, Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership
Mark Meno, Research and Engineering Group Head, Department of Navy Fleet Readiness Center East
Steven Pearson, Manager – Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM
Dr. Sam Houston, President and CEO, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (Moderator)

A panel of experts will discuss initiatives designed to prepare students for the needs of employers.

11:00 a.m.
Local Leadership in Action
Deborah Murray, Executive Director, Caldwell County Economic Development Commission
Reeves McGlohon, Interim President & CEO, Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Nore Brantley, High School to Work Partnership Coordinator, E.E. Smith High School, Cumberland County Schools
Jay Todd, Chief Operating Officer, Service Thread
Meaghan Lewis, Government Affairs Manager, North Carolina Chamber (moderator)

The NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities initiative is a collaborative effort aimed at leveraging data and analysis tools to continue economic growth in North Carolina.  In this panel discussion of local leaders, you will learn how these collaborative efforts are closing the skills gap and improving outcomes for students in their local areas.

11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Keynote
Dr. Stephen Scott, President, Wake Technical Community College

12:45 p.m.
Partnerships that Work: Building a Talent Pipeline with Apprenticeships
Krystal Anderson, Director Human Resources, Buhler Aeroglide

As employers continue to face obstacles in attracting and retaining workers with the right skills, apprenticeship programs have become a proven strategy for developing a talent pipeline of qualified employees. You will hear one organization and their apprentices describe how their apprenticeship program is filling their shortage in skilled employees and growing future leaders from the ground up.

1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
The Future of Higher Education in Closing the Skills Gap
Dr. Mike Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University

A strong workforce system is critical in producing a competitive, diverse, world-class workforce in North Carolina. Dr. Mike Walden will discuss the future jobs in North Carolina and what needs to be done now to ensure that future is bright.

2:30 p.m.
Closing Comments

Continuing Education Credit

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

RECOMMENDED CREDIT: 5 credit hours
FORMAT: Live Group Study

Silver Sponsors

AT&T North Carolina
Carolina Biological Supply
Piedmont Natural Gas

Bronze Sponsor



North Carolina State University

Supporting Organizations

Guilford Education Alliance
Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership
NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues

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